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July 04, 2008

Joey FTW

Chestnut keeps his throne.

Joey Chestnut reclaimed the top spot at the annual hot dog eating contest in Coney Island on Friday after first tying with archrival Takeru Kobayashi in a 10-minute chow-down and then beating him in a five-dog eat-off.

USA! USA!

Chestnut said he was mentally prepared to eat 70, but his body was pushing back during the competition; it didn't want to swallow fast enough.

And it shouldn't want to. In fact, it's downright bad for your health, says Dr. Marc Siegel, a professor at New York University School of Medicine and Humorless Scolding.

"Hot dogs are extremely unhealthy, especially when eaten at high volume," he intoned, with a bitter, pinched face marred by the deep frown lines you'd expect to see on a typical killjoy prick. "They're really processed, they have high cholesterol and too much salt." DURRR.

And thanks to the quantities the competitors ate, they'll likely suffer nausea, bloat, headache, and possibly high blood pressure for several days as the body slowly digests the food.

"One is bad for you, five's worse and 50 is terrible," he said, tapping his finger on his framed-and-mounted MfO Degree (Master of the fuckin' Obvious) to emphasize his credibility.

Uh. That was mostly from the linked article. Mostly.


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