Fun fact of the day: The North Face History

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Fun fact of the day:

The North Face began as a San Francisco-based climbing equipment retail store, founded in 1966 by Douglas Tompkins and his then-wife, Susie Tompkins.

It was acquired 2 years later by Kenneth “Hap” Klopp.

The north face of a mountain in the northern hemisphere is generally the coldest, iciest and most formidable route to climb.

For a time, the store offered only highly selective merchandise, targeted to climbers and backpackers. By the 1980s, skiwear was added, followed by camping equipment.

How many of you own The North Face gear?

Fun fact of the day: Get Your Dog that is Hot!

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Fun fact of the day:

The words “hot dog” might have come about from a story in the 19th Century. Some say the word was coined in 1901 at the New York Polo Grounds on a cold April day.

Vendors were hawking hot dogs from portable hot water tanks shouting “They’re red hot! Get your dachshund sausages while they’re red hot!”

A New York Journal sports cartoonist, Tad Dorgan, observed the scene and hastily drew a cartoon of barking dachshund sausages nestled warmly in rolls. Not sure how to spell “dachshund” he simply wrote “hot dog!” The cartoon is said to have been a sensation, thus coining the term “hot dog.”

However, historians have been unable to find this cartoon, despite Dorgan’s enormous body of work and his popularity.

What is your favorite hot dog? :)