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Preserved Hot Dog Not Really 140 Years Old

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Preserved Hot Dog Not Really 140 Years Old

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A restaurant on New York's Coney Island was going to be demolished. A local group announced a historic find: a 140-year-old hot dog preserved in ice beneath the restaurant. After the story was picked up in the media, turns out it was a hoax.

STEVE INSKEEP, host:

Good morning. I'm Steve Inskeep. Coney Island is the birthplace of the hot dog. So it may have seemed plausible when a local historical group announced a find. It said a 140-year-old frank was discovered and preserved in ice beneath the historic restaurant. It was the world's oldest Coney Island dog. A local news outlet ran the story. Then CNN picked it up. The group now says it was all a hoax. Quote: "In the grand tradition of Coney Island ballyhoo."

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