Wednesday, August 13, 2008

The City Museum - Homage to the Corn Dog


The corn dog is an American culinary artifact, not found on the U.S. Department of Agriculture's food pyramid for healthy eating. It consists of a hot dog covered in cornmeal batter, deep fried and served on a stick. You are most likely to find it at a fair or carnival.

For some reason, the City Museum has a little shrine to corn dogs is a quiet part of the top floor. St. Louis Cardinal great Stan Musial swings a corn dog instead of a baseball bat. There is a large occult sign of the Ancient and Mysterious Order of the Corn Dog. It is displayed over a warning that "corndog mysticism has been definitively proven to contain or advocate trickery, treachery, mummery, pageantry, tomfoolery, buffoonery, sophistry, wizardry, lechery, debauchery, laissez faire capitalism, socialism and Bohemianism." I'll take some of those! The bottom photo shows a series of three Andy Warhol pictures with former U.S. Vice President Dan Quayle and his wife Marilyn in front of a corn dog stand. And there's more, but this is enough for a blog post.

It's so strange.

WHAT HAPPENED AT WORK YESTERDAY: I met a new client who is from Bangalore, India. Not a common event.

TOMORROW: I was going to post something else from the City Museum but VJ reminds me that tomorrow is Thursday, Arch day. Oh oh! Losing track of the day of the week again. Was I supposed to work this hard when I got this old? The Arch it is.


Anonymous said...

Corn dogs used to be big hits at our local fairs but have since disappeared. I don't know why. I like the museum's focus on Stan the man Musial.

Virginia said...

Hello! Tomorrow is THURSDAY, hint,hint.,hint. If you want to snatch the Arch out from under us again I guess we can go with the flow.

I love the idea of an alter where our friend the corn dog can be worshipped. It's just the Dan Quayle thing that bothers me.

Buck said...

Why not corn dogs?
Nice museum series!

Kris McCracken said...

I love corn dogs. We call the either ‘Pluto Pups’ or ‘Dippy Dogs’ here in Tasmania. No idea why.

I am pleased to hear that they have their own museum, so I enjoyed this post a lot.

The big question though, can you buy them there? If so, how were they?

Virginia said...

It's a full time job keeping your straight but somebody's gotta do it.

Ming the Merciless said...

I had my first corn dog when I was a freshman in college in Louisiana. And I have loved it ever since.

But I haven't had it in a long time until last week when my out-of-town friends and I went to Coney Island. They wanted to eat at Nathan's so we grabbed some hotdogs and I had a corn dog. Boy oh boy, was it delicious!!

• Eliane • said...

I have yet to try this culinary delicacy. Geez, I see from Ming's comment that I have to go all the way to Coney Island to try it. I am scared.