July 4th Eating Contest

We celebrate Independence Day on July 4th with fireworks, barbecues and the Nathan’s Famous Hot Dog Eating Contest (sorry non-New Yorkers, this is a Coney Island affair).  As a reward for stuffing his or her pie-hole, the winner takes home $5,000 in cash and global acclaim in the Major League Eating book of world records.

As a native New Yorker (and a sicko for liking to watch people stuff their faces), I particularly look forward to this event.  I remember when Takeru Kobayashi slammed in a nice 50 hot dogs in 12 minutes, and then, when Joey Chestnut broke the record with 59.5.  Chestnut stated of his rival, “He wanted it, but I needed it.”  Source: funniest article ever.

In 2009, Chestnut maxed out at 68 dogs (both bun and dog) in 10 minutes–no easy feat.  Hard work goes into becoming a top competitor.  It takes months of prep to successfully inflate the belly with excessive water and fibrous foods in order to help distend the stomach.  Note: this is not a feat of strength that we recommended any of you do 🙂

Chestnut is going for his five-time world championship this year.

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