Wednesday, June 18, 2008
BUNS AND HOT DOGS
One of the greatest conspiracies of the modern world isthe fact that hot dogs come in packets of ten and hotdog buns come only in packets of eight. This may soundtrivial, but when one starts to consider the marketing strategiesinvolved, the amount of money being dealt with isquite staggering. Here’s how it works.You buy a packet of hot dogs and then you buy a packetof buns. Now you have two spare hot dogs and must buyanother packet of buns to make up the difference. Now youhave six loose buns . . . and so on and so forth. The twocompanies must have been in cooperation for some timenow and have us all wrapped around their collective littlefingers. Innocuous as it all may sound, when you considerthe billions made by the two companies, it does make youwonder at what point they will strike collectively and takeover the world.