Joey Chestnut Breaks Hot-Dog Record

This kind of headgear
makes us proud to be American.

Good weather drew thousands to Coney Island on Saturday for the annual Nathan’s hot-dog-eating contest, where feelings of nationalism cause otherwise rational people to boo a Japanese guy. Joey Chestnut ate 68 dogs and buns in ten minutes, beating Takeru Kobayashi by 3.5 dogs (and buns). The day before, elephants beat people in a bun-eating contest. The pachyderms swallowed 505 buns compared to the puny humans’ 143 buns. “Humans are facing a rebuilding year,” explained Major League Eating Chairman George Shea. Check out Deadspin’s excellent slideshow, made all the more compelling considering photographer Erin Siegal is a vegetarian.

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