You are at a barbeque at a friend’s house, where hot dogs are served. You’ve always wanted to know what is in a hot dog, but not one person at the party has a cell phone with internet access. You’ll just have to remember to Google it when you get home, right?
Not anymore. As long as you have a text messaging plan, you can text all of your culinary questions to CHACHA at 242242. Within a minute, you’ll have your answer.
Hanging out one night, my friend Big Ry and I are wondering just that – What is in a hot dog, anyway? We are not eating hot dogs, but drinking wine. Still, we need to know the answer. Enter CHACHA. We text “What are hot dogs made of?” to 242242, and the response takes seconds:
Hotdogs [sic] are generally made of meat, meat fat, a ‘cereal filler’ (bread crumbs, oatmeal, or flour), egg white, and spices.
Cereal filler, huh? We hadn’t realized. But this question was too easy for CHACHA. We want to stump the system. What to ask? Sea salt is on my mind, as I had just sampled several varieties at Boordy Vineyards…Aha!
“Where is Himalayan sea salt cultivated?” we type wickedly.
This time we receive several ‘We are working on your answer’ texts. Finally, the consensus arrives:
This unique form of Himalayan salt is harvested as a pink crystal in the Himalayas under the earths [sic] surface. It is cultivated in its pure geometric form.
Then a follow-up text: “Gr8 Question,” they say! Ah, CHACHA stumping success!
Later, I’m wondering who these CHACHA answer gurus are. I’m picturing a room full of people and computers, the Google homepage continually flickering on and off every screen. I decide to Google our hot dog question to see what I find.
The information on HowStuffWorks is nearly identical to the answer we received.
Still, CHACHA is a fun party trick – Big Ry and I were entertained for a good ten minutes – and a valuable resource for those who need to know what is in their hot dog now.
Standard text messaging rates apply, according to Big Ry.