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59 1/2 Hot Dogs in 12 Minutes

Even if you're not a competitive eater enthusiast, I'm sure you've probably heard of Japanese champion Takeru Kobayashi. You've probably seen him on the news because he holds just about every record and award for competitive eating. I say just about every because this past weekend Kobayashi's record was smashed by 22 year-old Joe Chestnut of San Jose, California. During the Southwest Regional Hot Dog Eating Championship in Tempe, Arizona, Chestnut devoured 59 1/2 hot dogs (plus buns) in 12 minutes. The previous record of 53 3/4 was set by Kobayashi at last year's Nathan's 4th of July Hot Dog Eating Contest in Coney Island, New York. At the same event, Chestnut actually came in second with 52 hot dogs. Something tells me that this means FACE OFF at this year's 4th of July event. Either way I'm flabbergasted, I just don't understand how anyone can pack away that many hot dogs.

To check out video footage of last year's hot dog battle,

Source: Fox News and AP

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Incredible. o_o
designergirl designergirl 10 years
as- not yas
designergirl designergirl 10 years
First of all, it's not a sport- a sport requires some skill. I don't think that stuffing yas much food as you possibly can into your body qualifies as a skill. Just my opinion, maybe some of you feel differently. It's sickening.
andrea426 andrea426 10 years
kobayashi is legendary! he has a stomach condition that some ppl think is why he can eat so much. and its crazy because he's ripped....amazing that he's not some fatty mcfat!
SU3 SU3 10 years
I could NEVER do that (nor would I want to). I can't even watch that without gagging... :SICK: But congrats to him! Impressive!
brookrene brookrene 10 years
blegh. i dont know how (or why) they do this.
econinsf econinsf 10 years
My gag reflex goes just watching this!
rainonme224 rainonme224 10 years
his prize was a year supply of hot dogs lol. i heard about it on the news last night.
ehti ehti 10 years
discusting :barf:
DesignRchic DesignRchic 10 years
Oh man I can't even look at the video. :SICK:
rubialala rubialala 10 years
Jennifer_2sugar Jennifer_2sugar 10 years
poor guy! :( that is just discusting :o
partysugar partysugar 10 years
This is so gross. One time I was at a bar and this sort of competition was on tv. We were all completely grossed out but hooked at the same time.
crispet1 crispet1 10 years
Very gross sport, but Im surprised he came in at 59.5, beating the record. WOW. Cant wait for the face off!
chancleta chancleta 10 years
competitive eating really grosses me out...i don't know how they do it.
jennifer76 jennifer76 10 years
:sick: I'm not sure if I could eat 59 1/2 hot dogs over my entire lifetime. :rotfl:
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