It’s time for the annual all-American rite of gluttony: Nathan’s Fourth of July hot-dog eating contest, the Super Bowl of the bizarre sport of competitive eating. The goal of this competition, held on Long Island, New York, is to down as many hot dogs as possible within the ten-minute time limit. Experienced contestants separate the dog from the bun, gobble the former, and then squash the bun into a lump to eliminate bulk, ingesting it with a gulp of water.
And this year Joey “Jaws” Chestnut set a world record: 69 hot dogs in ten minutes. That’s one hot dog every 8.7 seconds. And it beat his previous record (set in 2012) by exactly one dog. He might have done even better had his long-time rival, Takeru Kobayashi, the small Japanese guy with the big stomach, been present. But Kobayashi didn’t attend.
God bless America!