As we honor U.S. men and women who have died in military service this Memorial Day weekend by
solemnly remembering their sacrifice crushing Bud Lights at an acquaintance's backyard BBQ, we may find ourselves reaching for a bottle of ketchup to flavor our food. The viscous sugar bomb is a staple of any grilling party and fast food excursion, and though it's up there as American as apple pie (actually, not American) and electing a reality star President, turns out good ole catsup is just another in a string of co-opted things we'd love to take credit for.
Setting aside the slight tone of cultural othering—"Fish guts? Ewwww!"—the real crime here is the flagrant use of ketchup on hot dogs. As the The National Hot Dog Council told us that the "use ketchup on your hot dog after the age of 18" is simply unacceptable. Besides, we're a mayonnaise country, so put that on your hot dog and bite it.