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dateline: 21 September 2016

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Hamdog Is World’s First Patented Burger

Pre-Listening Vocabulary

  • patent: a licence that gives an inventor the right to prevent others from selling the same invention
  • franchise: a business that legally sells another company’s goods
  • entrepreneur: a person who comes up with new business ideas
  • invest: to give or lend money or time in hopes of receiving benefits in the future
  • hybrid: a combination of two things
  • condiments: toppings for adding flavour, such as mustard and relish

Hamdog Is World’s First Patented Burger

An Australian entrepreneur who received a patent for the bun of his hamburger-hotdog hybrid is now offering franchises. Mark Murray first his idea of a cross between a hamburger and hotdog on a show called Shark Tank, where entrepreneurs try to sell their ideas to investors. Though the Sharks refused to invest in the hybrid snack, Murray began selling his Hamdog at fairs and in Australia. To fit on the patented bun, a sausage is placed in between two halves of a burger . Traditional hamburger and hotdog condiments are placed on top of the .

Comprehension Questions

  1. What is the Hamdog?
  2. Why does the report mention Shark Tank?
  3. How does the meat fit inside the patented bun?

Discussion Questions: What is the main purpose of securing a patent? Will this patent prevent others from selling their own hybrid burger-dog snacks? What other hybrid foods would make good snacks?

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Written by Tara Benwell for EnglishClub
Tara Benwell is a Canadian freelance writer and editor who specializes in materials and articles for the ELT industry.
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