Not only is July National Ice Cream Month, it’s *also* National Hot Dog Month, and today is National Hot Dog Day! Americans eat 20 billion hot dogs every year, with 7 billion of those eaten just during the summer. The biggest hot dog ever was made in 2011 in Paraguay, in South America: it measured 669 feet long and weighed 264 pounds. The question is, how many bites did it take to eat that one?

*Wee ones:* If you take 6 bites to eat your hot dog, what numbers would you say to count them off?

*Little kids:* They say 9 out of 10 grown-ups squirt mustard on their hot dogs. How many of those 10 grown-ups don’t? *Bonus:* If you eat a plain hot dog, then one with ketchup, then one with mustard, then start over with a plain dog, what kind of dog do you eat 11th?

*Big kids:* If you eat 1 hot dog the first day of July, 4 the second day, and 9 on the third day…how many do you probably eat on the 4th day? *Bonus:* If you and your friends each weigh 50 pounds, do 5 of you together weigh as much as the record 264-pound hot dog?

*The sky’s the limit:* If only 200 million Americans like hot dogs, and together they eat 20 billion hot dogs a year, how many hot dogs per person is that? (Hint if needed: What if each person ate 10 hot dogs?)

Answers:*Wee ones:* 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6.

*Little kids:* 1 grown-up. *Bonus:* Ketchup, since it’s 2 hot dogs after the 9th, which gets mustard.

*Big kids:* 16 hot dogs – ugh! *Bonus:* No – the 5 of you weigh only 250 pounds.

*The sky’s the limit:* 100 hot dogs per person. 10 per person would bring you to 2 billion dogs, so you need 10 times as many as that.