This Dude Is Selling $40 Hot Dog Water to 'Encourage Critical Thinking'

It was an impressively elaborate troll.
June 22, 2018, 4:25pm
Photo courtesy of Douglas Bevans

This article originally appeared on VICE Canada.

In a city best known for yoga, $15 juices, and inspirational Lululemon quotes, it’s almost surprising that no one tried to sell $40 hot dog water to Vancouverites before now.

“Unfiltered… keto compatible” water containing a single beef hot dog was being sold for $37.99 [$28.53 USD] at an event in Vancouver last weekend, according to multiple media reports. The water looks like it was bottled in recycled Voss bottles, based on photos posted to social media.

The troll behind Hot Dog Water, Douglas Bevans, is a performance artist and tour operator, The Canadian Press reports.

“We're helping people, empowering them to use informed decisions in their purchasing choices," Bevans told CP about his art performance. "That is the message behind this."

Photo by William Jans courtesy of Douglas Bevans

“Advertising” materials posted on Bevans’s stand at the June 17 Vancouver Main Street Car Free Festival includes supposed testimonials and a lengthy buzzword-filled explanation about the product. In the “history” section, it says “Hot Dog Water, in its absurdity, hopes to encourage critical thinking related to product marketing and the significant role it can play in our purchasing choices.”

He alleges that he sold about 60 liters of product. (TBH, we’ll believe someone actually drank this shit when we see the receipts, HMU.)

It seems worth noting that Nathan Fielder is from Vancouver. Maybe there's something in the hot dog water there.

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