Digging in on Independence Day

“It doesn't just contain connective tissue. It is the connective tissue.” If you’re celebrating Independence Day in the U.S. today, you might be chowing down on that classic American delicacy, the hot dog. Sports Illustrated’s Steve Rushin has your story of the day with Hot Dog History: An ode to the classic American food.

Looking for some new ways to jazz up your dog? Well, you should be, because “Your hot dogs are BORING. here are 58 ways to change that,” tweets Paula Forbes, linking to her GQ piece, Fifty-Eight Ideas for Hot Dog Toppings. (Apologies to Rohan Nadkarni, who says, “This is a personal attack.”)

And what could be more American than baseball and apple pie...er...nachos? Here’s a review of one of the newest concession items at Chase Field, home of the Arizona Diamondbacks. Courageous reviewer Rockkstarr12 notes, “This sweet concoction gave me a headache but it was delicious otherwise.”

A warning if you’re planning to hand out sparklers to the kids: “The fiery sticks can reach up to 3,000℉ when ignited, hot enough to cause severe skin burns and catch flammable clothing on fire,” reports USA Today’s Sydney C Greene in her cheery piece, Sparklers are hotter and more dangerous than they seem.

But fireworks have always been a particularly risky business. On the Smithsonian’s “Stories from the National Museum of American History” blog, Charles Richter tells us about When real patriots got Tetanus. As he writes, “Fireworks could cause a tetanus infection when they exploded on the spore-laden ground, sending showers of dirty shrapnel deep into the skin of bystanders…These Independence Day infections were so common that they became known as ‘patriotic tetanus,’ ‘Fourth of July tetanus,’ or ‘patriotic lockjaw.’” Now that’s patriotism.

Assassination plot foiled in France

As CNN’s Lindsay Isaac and James Masters report, in France an Emmanuel Macron assassination plot has been foiled by police. The man charged is a far-right nationalist who planned to assassinate Macron on Bastille Day during Trump’s visit to France. Joe Berkowitz has a suggestion: “We should probably ban all far right nationalists from the US to be safe.”

More turmoil in Murdochworld

“Another example of @MegJamesLAT doing what Meg James does -- getting to the why behind the news,” tweets Mike Hiserman. In Another sexual harassment scandal for Fox as it fires its head of sports programming in L.A., the Los Angeles Times’ Meg James reports that Fox Sports national president Jamie Horowitz has been fired amid a sexual harassment probe. “More turmoil in Murdochworld,” says Tom Kludt. As Oriana Schwindt tweets, “Hm, a sudden July 3 dismissal, seems like some sort of sexual hara—ah, yes. There it is.”  

Seaside agony

“This article may be the most brutal ever,” says Maria Spinella, referring to ‘That’s Him’: Christie Goes to the Shore, and the Critics Pounce, from The New York Times’ Nick Corasaniti. Tweets Alex Burns, “.@NYTnickc on the greatest tale of seaside agony since ‘On the Beach.’” And Adrian Carrasquillo tweets, “Oof from @NYTnickc: Chris Christie’s Fall: From Dreams of White House to an Empty Beach.” Says Claire Howorth, “reporters, man.”

The king of bourbon went to rehab

“Here's some news. Sean Brock is sober,” tweets Kim Severson, referring to her piece in The New York Times, Chef Sean Brock Puts Down the Bourbon and Begins a New Quest. Says Kat Kinsman, “All the love in the world to @hseanbrock for sharing his story & @kimseverson for helping him tell it.” Helen Rosner tweets, “The king of bourbon went to rehab and got sober and I'm so glad he's talking about it.” And Joe Beef’s David McMillan tweets, “This is most important thing written about our profession this decade.”

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