Joey Chestnut downs 72 hot dogs in 10 minutes, winning the Nathan’s holiday pigging contest for the tenth time

I’d be remiss if I didn’t post this today. Joey Chestnut, 33, a professional competitive eater (and not fat!), just won his tenth July 4 Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Contest at Coney Island, New York. And it was a record: 72 dogs (with buns) in 10 minutes: that’s 8.33 seconds per dog! Watch how he does it:

Chestnut’s the #1 ranked competitive eater in the world; see the link above for his other feats. There are some tricks to this, described in the video below:


  1. rickflick
    Posted July 4, 2017 at 5:17 pm | Permalink

    The second video was very educational. It’s amazing the length people like Joey will go to increase the girth of scientific knowledge. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  2. yiamcross
    Posted July 4, 2017 at 5:18 pm | Permalink

    I can’t help feeling that in a worls where so many don’t get enough to eat this kind of competition is rather disgusting.

    • mrclaw69
      Posted July 5, 2017 at 3:57 am | Permalink

      True, but surely much worse offenders are the various national food festivals around the world where truly vast quantities of food are wasted – eg La Tomatina in Valencia.

  3. Jenny Haniver
    Posted July 4, 2017 at 5:31 pm | Permalink

    There was a demonstration against the contest and I read that 5 people were arrested. The report stated that outside the event, members of PETA handed out veggie hot dogs. They weren’t involved in the arrests. I have no problem with a soy dog eating contest, it’s the gluttony that repulses me.

  4. grasshopper
    Posted July 4, 2017 at 5:49 pm | Permalink

    Spelling alert … should be “hot d*g” ๐Ÿ˜‰

  5. Diana MacPherson
    Posted July 4, 2017 at 6:20 pm | Permalink

    Gross. Must have no gag reflex.

  6. Gareth Price
    Posted July 4, 2017 at 6:21 pm | Permalink

    I watched the contest today and the last couple of years with a sort of horrified fascination. I love living in the US but I am not an American. When Joey Chestnut is introduced as a “Great American Athlete” and (if I remember correctly) “The glue which holds the country together” and his 10 wins are listed along side Bill Russell, Rafael Nadal etc, that is all tongue-in-cheek, isn’t it? Isn’t it?

  7. Vaal
    Posted July 4, 2017 at 7:44 pm | Permalink

    I have to say there is little more puzzling or repulsive than the bizarre phenomenon of competitive eating.



    It’s really something how human beings think (especially, it seems, in places like America). Take almost any activity or idea, as mundane as you like, and someone can say “You can COMPETE in that, you know!”

    • Diana MacPherson
      Posted July 4, 2017 at 8:46 pm | Permalink

      It’s just gross. I can’t even look at it.

  8. Michael Fisher
    Posted July 4, 2017 at 7:57 pm | Permalink

    I call cheat!

    Soaking the d*g in water the way they do, before shoving it their gobs, is not on. I can see much of the bun is squeezing out between the fingers like wallpaper paste.

    I wanna see it done with dry mustardy d*gs. Water allowed at any time to wet the whistle, but no d*g dunkin!

    • rickflick
      Posted July 4, 2017 at 8:29 pm | Permalink

      But, wouldn’t that spoil the fun? Greece needed its Odysseus, Rome needed its gladiators, America needed its Babe Ruths, and today we need our Chestnuts. Let us not fall under the spell of a new category of sin. The extra water lubricates our guilt-free celebration of the pleasures of the flesh. Have another hot dog with plenty of water.

      • Diana MacPherson
        Posted July 4, 2017 at 8:48 pm | Permalink

        And to me it just makes it even more gagably disgusting. I think that has to be at least one goal of this vile pageantry.

        • Michael Fisher
          Posted July 4, 2017 at 9:27 pm | Permalink

          @Diana reminds me of beached NJ gov whale in a deckchair & yuge POTUS arse. Excess & waste. #MAGA

      • Michael Fisher
        Posted July 4, 2017 at 9:04 pm | Permalink

        Screw that Rick ๐Ÿ™‚

        Here’s three guys doin’ their Odysseus/Ulysses thing without the water. Just some arrogance, strutting, wah pedal, dope, drums, exceptional bass & Auntie. Blessed Auntie.

        • Posted July 4, 2017 at 9:14 pm | Permalink

          The family watched it live with a grotesque giddiness. I wonder how much 72 dogs and water-soaked buns weigh?

          • Michael Fisher
            Posted July 4, 2017 at 9:30 pm | Permalink

            I was thinking they should do a before/after weigh-in. For science LOL

            • Diana MacPherson
              Posted July 4, 2017 at 9:48 pm | Permalink

              I bet that guy has a messed up colon. No way, that stuff is getting moved our soon. White buns and hot dogs….ugh, the stuff of colon horror.

          • rickflick
            Posted July 4, 2017 at 9:55 pm | Permalink

            Tomorrow is just minutes away. It’ll be the 5th of July and we can all go back to normal.

  9. mrclaw69
    Posted July 5, 2017 at 3:54 am | Permalink

    Easily one of the best pieces of telly EVER was when professional eater Kobayashi tried to out-eat a Kodiak bear.

    I know it’s low-brow, but it’s awesome!

    • darrelle
      Posted July 5, 2017 at 7:56 am | Permalink

      I was going to bring this up too. Takes the bear a bit to get started, but of course no contest once it does. With each swipe of the tongue another dog disappears like magic.

      And to all the commentors implicating this is a disgusting American thing, though I have to agree it is kind of disgusting and definitely not my thing, I’d like to point out that it is not just an American thing (for example see the video directly above). Ridicule us as you will, but this particular phenomenon (eating contests) is not uniquely ours.

  10. Mike
    Posted July 5, 2017 at 5:51 am | Permalink


  11. David Coxill
    Posted July 5, 2017 at 7:10 am | Permalink

    Anyone seen an Hungarian film called Taxidermia ?.It is about speed eating contests during the Communist era .
    Not to be seen on a full stomach ,or an empty one .

  12. Posted July 5, 2017 at 12:48 pm | Permalink

    disgusting tradition, have no idea how people watch this glutfest.

  13. Posted July 6, 2017 at 6:37 pm | Permalink

    I read through all the comments yet didn’t see the obvious question: What happens to these people next? What kind of unnatural expulsion do they go through as a consequence of this contest? If you think the eating is disgusting, what goes on afterwards behind the scenes is an order of magnitude worse.

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