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Nathan's Hot Dog Eating Contest

Real Patriots Eat Hot Dogs Until They're Red, White, and Green

Update: Joey Chestnut has reclaimed the title in a tie-breaking eat-off. Rumor has it, he's not spending the rest of the afternoon riding the Cyclone roller coaster.

Today is the day for that most blessed and sacred of all Fourth of July customs: the IFOCE/Nathan's Hot Dog Eating Competition at New York's Coney Island. The grand weiner fest will be broadcast at noon EDT on ESPN.

American Joey Chestnut won the Mustard Belt in 2007 after besting Japan's Takeru Kobayashi by eating 66 hot dogs and buns in 12 minutes last year.






Think that sounds like a lot of dogs? You have no idea just how many hot dogs the US consumes. To find out how many dogs we'll bite today,


The US consumes 10 times as many hot dogs each year as it does slices of pie — maybe the saying "American as apple pie" needs an update? We eat almost 7 billion dogs in the Summer months — that's 818 consumed every second. Today alone the US will consume 150 million hot dogs.

Which city grubs on the most weiners? The top four include:
Philadelphia, New York, Los Angeles, and Washington DC. Appropriately enough, the first US hot dog stand opened on Coney Island in 1871. Tune in to see who'll win the most patriotic display of gluttony! How many dogs could you eat? Pass the mustard!


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trésjolie1 trésjolie1 9 years
Pretty nasty!
hypnoticmix hypnoticmix 9 years
GROSS! I eat two hot dogs and I feel like I have bowling ball in my stomach.
Kimpossible Kimpossible 9 years
I will never understand peoples fascination with awarding glutony. I just don't get this sport(?), entertainment(?), whatever it's called.
raciccarone raciccarone 9 years
I prefer to call them "Mystery Wieners" because you never know what you're digesting. It makes the experience more exciting.
MisterPinkNoTip MisterPinkNoTip 9 years
This is so disgusting. Hot dogs are revolting.
raciccarone raciccarone 9 years
I once ate five pounds of fudge but I felt sick before I finished, but then I felt better, so I ate the rest.
CitizenSugar CitizenSugar 9 years
Oh KrisSugar, that's an awesome and revolting tale! Ha!
Bettyesque Bettyesque 9 years
:sick: I could not imagine lol.
stephley stephley 9 years
Thanks for sharing, and remind me never to cook out with you! Whenever I want to stop eating one, I just think about what's in it and that ruins the rest of the day for me.
KrisSugar KrisSugar 9 years
my record was four chili dogs, but that combined with the alcohol and the events of the day eventually made me puke Exorcist style. literally. it was one of those that sneaks up on you! I was so weak for two days that I couldn't even clean it up. It was horrible. I will never forget it, and therefore stay pretty clear of hot dogs. If i do eat them, one's my limit. :) I hope my cautionary vomit story reaches someone today, and prevents them from any misery later. :) :sick:
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