Outtakes — and Intakes — From Nathan’s Famous Hot Dog Eating Contest


We already told you about Joey “Jaws” Chestnut’s and Sonya “Black Widow” Thomas’s victories at yesterday’s Nathan’s 4th of July Hot Dog Eating Contest (not to mention Kobayashi’s renegade win), but as any competitor knows, who triumphs is only a small part of the story. To that end, check out our slideshow for some behind- and in-front-of-the-scenes glimpses of the showdown (did you know there’s a “Bus of Champions”?), which serve to remind us, among other things, that even if a person doesn’t ultimately prevail, it’s still pretty awesome to appear in public with a giant gold-plated “B.O.B.” around your neck.