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For the first time ever I took part in the Texas State Fair this past week. While I agree that on the surface that doesn't sound too exciting, the spectacle of it certainly was. If I was to TL;DR the whole thing it would be this: the craziest concoctions of fried food.

Over 2 million people came to this annual event that features food, rides, vendors, and some cool exhibitions. I thought I knew what to expect and in some ways, I was not surprised. There was lots of walking (6.25 miles!) and unseasonably hot weather. But I had the experience I was most looking forward to trying: the Dilly Dog.

This deep-fried creation is quite simple. You take a large dill pickle, core it out and put a hot dog in it. Basically, it's a different take on a hot dog with relish. However, this is the Texas State Fair and that means going to the extreme. In this case, the pickle & dog are dipped in corndog batter and deep-fried. Because of course, it is. They stick a stick in it and there you have it: a Dilly Dog.

It sounds weird. And can sound unappealing. But I had to try it. And I'm glad I did. While the spectacle of this creation was... something, it did taste good. Corndog stuff I could take or leave. It's never been a food item I had a fondness for. But a hotdog plus pickles? Sign me up!

My deep-fried options were plenty: banana nut muffin, soul food egg roll, strawberry shortcake, and honey. In a world of deep-fried options, my Dilly Dog was a fun one.

Aside from the plethora of food, I had one mission: to acquire every piece of free kitch giveaway items as possible. And I was quite successful. But that's a story for another day.

Onto the rest of today's issue!


Here's today's Random Factoid: NASA mistakenly erased the original tape of the first steps on the moon. Source


Last Week's Results:

Is a hamburger a sandwich?

I knew this was a random poll question, but I was far from a unanimous decision! So, if a hamburger is not a sandwich... what is it?

Today's Poll

Why is Grape Nuts cereal called that, when it contains neither grapes nor nuts?

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