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Meanwhile, in Coney Island

If it’s fourth of July, that means in Brooklyn it’s time for Nathan’s Famous July Fourth International Hot Dog Eating Contest.  Can anyone unseat four-time winner Takeru Kobayahsi of Japan, who last year ate 53 1/2 hot dogs in twelve minutes?


Here are last year’s onlookers just seconds before Norwegian-born Steinar Andersen’s unsuccessful (and rather unpleasant) attempt to eat his 42nd hot dog.


  1. Pauly D

    I don’t know any Holm Andresen, but whoever those people are, they sure look scared about something.

    Maybe that’s a picture from when that train went off the tracks in the Midwest last month. Although the picture does look a little photoshopped, if you know what I mean.

  2. Leese

    I wonder how you train for such a competition?

  3. Richard

    They should be required to eat the hot dogs in a normal fashion. None of this frankfurter-first-and-then-the-bun nonsense. That’s a perversion of the basic idea. Like saying someone can hit for you in a baseball game.

  4. TWM

    They should have to eat them with all the fixen’s too. That is a real hotdog.

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