Newspapers take pride in getting the facts right the first time, so it all that more difficult for them to admit they’ve made a mistake.

But one newspaper is taking steps to correct a decades old error.

The Louisville Courier-Journal has issued a correction for six previous articles, which erroneously refer to hot dogs as sandwiches.

The articles were published between 1887 and 1966, so the mistake could almost be forgiven, but given that it’s National Hot Dog month, the paper sought to make things right, stating:

On the following dates, the Courier-Journal incorrectly referred to hot dogs as sandwiches: Oct. 2, 1887; Aug. 10, 1901; March 20, 1904; July 21, 1935; Jan. 14, 1939; May 4, 1941; Sept. 15, 1950; June 29, 1958; Nov. 16, 1961; and Aug. 4, 1966. Among those errors were references to a frankfurter sausage sandwich, frankfurter sandwich, coney island sandwich, frankfurter sandwich with mustard, and, the most egregious, a frankfurter sandwich with catchup. We deeply regret the errors, especially that last one.

But fans of the frank — believe it or not — came to the dog’s rescue. The debate went so far that the paper wrote an op-ed piece diving into the meat of what makes a sandwich a sandwich.

For the record, Everybody Craves agrees with the Courier-Journal, and commends the staff for their dedication to true and accurate journalism — no matter how many decades removed.

So, what side are you on? 




Meghan is a full-time writer exploring the fun facts behind food. She lives a healthy lifestyle but lives for breakfast, dessert and anything with marinara. She’s thrown away just as many meals as she’s proud of.