A highbrow is the kind of person who looks at a sausage and thinks of Picasso.

A. P. HERBERT (1890-1971)


AMBROSE BIERCE (1842-1914)

Lawsuit: A machine which you go into as a pig and come out of as a

Flying Intestines

During the First World War, one problem the Germans encountered when making Zeppelins was how to stop the hydrogen leaking from the balloon. They found that cows’ intestines made a more effective lining than any other fabric: stretched and overlapped, the layers clung together naturally like Velcro. German sausage-skin capacity was therefore switched to Zeppelin production, leading to a nationwide sausage shortage.

For a short time, it was illegal to eat sausages in Germany, Austria, Poland and northern France, to allow for Zeppelin construction. 140 Zeppelins were built, and it took the guts of over 250,000 cows to make each one. 

Hot Dog Etiquette

 Some Do and Don’ts from the National Hot Dog and Sausage Council:
·      Don’t put hot dog toppings between the hot dog and the bun. Always ‘dress the dog’, not the bun.
·      Do eat hot dogs on buns with your hands. Utensils should not touch hot dogs on buns.
·      Use paper plates to serve hot dogs. Every day dishes are acceptable; china is a no-no.
·      Fresh herbs on the same plate with hot dogs over-do the presentation.
·      Don’t use ketchup on your hot dog after the age of 18. Mustard, relish, onions, cheese and chili are acceptable.
·      Condiments remaining on the fingers after eating a hot dog should be licked away, not washed.

'Toad-in-the-hole' was originally steak encased in batter, until steak became too expensive and was replaced by sausages.
In German, die beleidigte Leberwurst spielen, lit. 'to play the insulted liver sausage', means ‘to stick one's lower lip out in a sulk’.

Baby Poo Sausages

According to a study reported in the journal Meat Science, you can make some sausages healthier by adding bacteria extracted from babies’ faeces.
Many sausages (e.g. pepperoni and salami) are made with the aid of bacterial fermentation. For health purposes, probiotic bacteria are preferred (‘probiotic’ just means that they have a claimed health benefit). These need to be able to survive the acids in the digestive tract, so human faeces are the ideal source.
The Catalonian team conducting the study found that infant faeces provided the best samples, and were easy to obtain, mostly from nappies provided by mother-and-baby support groups.
Professional tasters confirmed that the sausages tasted the same as normal ones, despite being lower in both fat and salt and therefore healthier.

The name Dachshund literally translates from German as 'badger dog' rather than 'sausage dog'.


Laws, like sausages, cease to inspire respect in proportion as we know how they are made.

Germans say das is mir wurst, lit. 'it’s sausage to me' to mean 'I don’t care'.

The Catholic Church banned sausage eating  in the 4th century.