Landmark guru Chris Epting has just penned The Birthplace Book (Stackpole), featuring birth sites of famous folks and things all over America.
Among the random birthplaces is The Cozy Dog Drive-In in Springfield, Illinois, home to the corn dog. Turns out the hot dog on a stick was dubbed the crusty cur before becoming an American icon.
The deep-fried Twinkie originated at The Atlantic ChipShop in Brooklyn in 2001, which is actually a fish-and-chips shop.
Epting says California is home to many original and weird innovations, including Google born in a Menlo Park garage and the Hot Fudge Sundae, which originated in Hollywood in 1906.
The most beloved birthplaces include the little shack in Tupelo, Mississippi, where Elvis was born, and Sun Studio in Memphis, Tennessee, where visitors can stand in the exact spot where rock n roll originally began, which is marked with an X.
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