Ball Park’s most recent commercial claims that their newest hotdog is America’s greatest invention. I have a few problems with this assertion.

First of all, America didn’t invent anything, although I get what they mean. Also, hotdogs were invented in Germany centuries ago and its forefather, the sausage, dates back thousands of years.

These are slight annoyances that are easy enough to forgive in a dumb commercial. It’s makes it more powerful to claim that some company that toyed around with a basic hotdog recipe invented something new. To tie in the invention with the country itself really drives the point home.

To claim that America, an American, or human beings for that matter, invented electricity is downright idiotic, though.

Benjamin Franklin invented electricity in the same way that Christopher Columbus invented America. It’s not like either of those things existed before they happened upon them.