Jul 11, 2008

International Hot Dog Eating Contest

The 93rd Nathan's International July Fourth Hot Dog Eating Contest was held on July 4, 2008 at Nathan's Famous Corporation's well-known restaurant at the corner of Surf and Stillwell Avenues in Coney Island, Brooklyn, New York. Six-time champion Takeru "Tsunami" Kobayashi (from Japan) and defending champion Joey Chestnut (from California), were tied with 59 hot dogs eaten after the new ten-minute time limit. But Chestnut prevailed by winning a five-dog "eat off" held immediately after the contest.

The event is held on July 4, and is regarded as the world's most famous hot dog eating contest and a colorful tradition of Independence Day in the United States. According to legend, on July 4, 1916 four immigrants had a hot dog eating contest at Nathan's Famous stand on Coney Island to settle an argument about who was the most patriotic. After ten minutes, James Mullen had eaten thirteen hot dogs and was crowned the victor. Ever since, the contest has been held every year at the site, in conjunction with Independence Day.


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