The Hot Dog Launcher: Everything You Always Wanted to Know

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It's all about turkeys this time of year, blah blah blah. What about the hot dog?

Slashfood found a great video about the effort it takes to design the Phillies' air cannon that shoots hot dogs at games. This is scientific stuff - they go through small trial runs and even position people in an otherwise empty stadium to gauge how far they can launch and figure out the angles. But you can see that they have a lot of fun with it.



Even better, Red Tettemer, the ad agency that created the video, has redesigned their home page to reflect their dog dedication.



Via Slashfood

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When I saw that engineer measuring the hotdog with a micrometer, I knew that great things were on the way. And they didn't disappoint. Bravo! Someday we'll have the technology to send hotdogs to the moon, and our astronauts can have a little snack while golfing.
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Hey there: Thanks for posting this on ur blog. We had a ball shooting the piece (no pun intended, I swear!).

@sw: in response to ur question do people eat the hotdogs shot into the crowd? The answer is yes - they are wrapped well before propelled! Also, the crowd moves eagerly to catch the hotdogs, and catches are rarely fumbled;)

You'll have to come to Citizens Bank Park next season for a Phillies game and check it out!
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Ummm, that is what she said zlogblog.

I'm just wondering what other traditional foods we can shoot at people now that we've harnessed the power of compressed air. Cracker Jacks? Beer? Maybe a home version where you can launch apple pie across the living room.
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