Oscar Mayer Wienermobile

Every once in a while you see something on the street that seems like it dropped in out of some kind of surreal otherworldly dimension because it simply appears out of context. When it comes to motor vehicles, if you have ever seen the Oscar Mayer Wienermobile cruising down the street or parked somewhere in your hometown you have probably had one of these moments.

You are probably familiar with the Oscar Meyer company as a maker of hotdogs and cold cuts that you see at the grocery store every week. They have been in business for a long time; the company dates all the way back to 1883 when Oscar Meyer and his brother Gottfried started selling wursts in a German section of Chicago.

Apparently they were quite good at what they did and their business steadily expanded over the years. In 1936 a nephew of Oscar Meyer named Carl Meyer had a marketing vision. He decided to commission the creation of a unique vehicle, the Oscar Mayer Wienermobile, in an effort to publicize the company in a rather over-the-top way.

The Oscar Mayer Wienermobile is nothing more or less than a motor vehicle that looks like a hotdog on a bun. The idea has been able to withstand the test of time because the Oscar Mayer Wienermobile is still being utilized by the company. The modern version is certainly more mechanically sophisticated than the first incarnation but it is kind of amazing to think that this rather novel and risky idea has had such staying power across multiple generations.

Drivers of the Oscar Mayer Wienermobiles (there are reportedly eight of them active) are called “hot doggers” and only college seniors who are soon to graduate are offered these one-year positions. Without question, being able to claim that you were a hotdogger on your resume is certainly going to get the attention of hiring managers when you are looking for your next job.

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