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2020 has brought many surprises, but the biggest one may have to be the COVID-19 pandemic. Everyone is tackling and responding to the pandemic in their own way, and that’s true for everything related to marriage, too. That’s where the infamous Wienermobile comes in, and right now, it can serve as a surprise for your special someone. 

The history of the Wienermobile 

The Oscar Mayer Wienermobile has been, like its named implied, a marketing tool for Oscar Mayer, according to Complex. The idea behind the Wienermobile came to life in 1936 when Mayer’s nephew, Karl, came up with the idea to drive around town in the Wienermobile in order to promote their family’s hot dogs and other products. 

The rest was history as it didn’t take long before the Wienermobile became an icon in American pop culture. The Wienermobile has since grown and changed with the times of course, but even if people don’t know that it’s supposed to promote Oscar Mayer’s products, many people can still recognize the Wienermobile for what it is. 

That being said, there aren’t many Wienermobiles on the roads nowadays, largely because television and the internet are easier ways for Oscar Mayer to advertise itself. Regardless, the handful of Wienermobiles that are still active are serving people in more ways than just being a giant advertising hot dogs on wheels. 

The newfound uses of the Wienermobile

An Oscar Mayer Wienermobile on display
An Oscar Mayer Wienermobile is parked outside of a school | Tim Boyle/Getty Images

The Wienermobile has always been a car that’s larger than life, and in fact, it’s so large that it can actually accommodate a bed, among other things.

That’s actually why, in 2019, Oscar Mayer rented out one on AirBnB. While that was likely just a novelty experience to celebrate National Hot Dog Week, Oscar Mayer is offering something similar for people thinking about marrying their significant others during these difficult times. 

According to Thrillist, Oscar Mayer is now offering people the opportunity to rent one of its Wienermobiles for a wedding proposal. That being said, anyone who signs up for this service won’t actually get a chance to drive around in the Wienermobile, according to Thrillist. Rather, the Wienermobile will just show up at a certain time and surprise your significant other.

When the Wienermobile shows up, you can propose then and there, and the beloved car will also serve as an interesting backdrop for the pictures that a friend may be taking of the proposal. That being said, anyone who wants to do this will have to sign up well in advance, as there aren’t that many Wienermobiles to go around.

Is this a good idea?

There are no rules and regulations for how someone proposes to the love of their life, so at the end of the day, it’s up to you to figure out if this is a good idea. However, there are plenty of reasons why it’s a good idea, especially in 2020. 

While many people will propose to their significant other in intimate situations, other people propose in public. Those public proposals are more difficult nowadays, as many public spaces are either closed or they’ll have a lot of restrictions going on. However, with a Wienermobile in the background of a proposal, folks who may want to do a fun public proposal can get something similar. 

On top of that, the Wienermobile has become a pop culture icon for decades partially because of how silly it looks. It’s a massive hot dog on wheels, and that’s pretty funny for a lot of people. As such, having this memorable car roll up during such a powerful moment can be a funny surprise for the love of your life.