Today my co-workers and I had Long John Silver's for lunch. It was quite good, but as we were eating it the question arose...

"Why is a hushpuppy called a 'hushpuppy'?"

To satisfy our curiosity I did a little research and quickly found that the hush puppy originated in New Orleans, Louisiana. Why it is actually called a hushpuppy is debated, but most agree it's either:

1. Hunters and fishermen would make the fried cornmeal and feed it to their dogs with the command to "hush, puppies" so that they wouldn't disturb their prey.

2. Confederate soldiers would make the fried cornmeal to their dogs with the command to "hush, puppies" so that union soldiers wouldn't hear the dogs.