We live in a world where a 'Hamdog' burger hybrid is patented

A meat and two meats

Rejoice! The eternal dilemma of whether to have a hot dog or a burger has now been answered.

At last barbecue lovers can unshackle themselves from the tyranny of which under-cooked meat product to consume and have both, together, at once.

Yes the problem that never needed solving has been solved.

In what might be considered a shameless publicity stunt, an Australian man has "invented" the "Hamdog", a combo of a hotdog and a burger in one bread roll (or bun, whatever blows your hair back).

The burger is split in half, with the hotdog nestling in the crack and placed on the custom-baked bun which Mark Murray has patented.

Murray first pitched the idea on Shark Tank - the Oz equivalent of Dragons' Den - where he pitched the idea to potential investors.

Unsurprisingly, judges turned him down for funding.

But now Murray is having the last laugh, and is selling the Hamdogs at fairs and markets in Australia and looking for people interested in taking on a franchise. For just $10,000 you anyone can become a “reseller”.

“Everyone told me it wasn’t possible, because you’d need a patent lawyer and it would cost millions of dollars,” Mr Murray told news.com.au.

“Even [Boost Juice founder and Shark Tank judge] Janine Allis told me that it was impossible to patent. She’ll be eating her words now,” Mr Murray said.

He’s currently inviting people to buy into his business so the Hamdog can be sold around the country.

Then again, it's arguably no more daft than Apple's move to patent a paper bag. ®

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