Wednesday, July 07, 2004

King of the Hot Dogs: Takeru Kobayashi

In all the excitement over the Pepsi 400 and the Banshee Blog Movie Poll, I let a major newsworthy event slip by unmentioned. The story: Nathan's Famous International Fourth of July Hot Dog Eating Contest at Coney Island.

Over the Fourth of July weekend, Japan's Takeru Kobayashi took home the top prize for the fourth straight year. Kobayashi broke his own world record when he consumed 53 hot dogs in 12 minutes. Yikes! That's still a far cry from the bear's achievement on Man vs. Beast I, but it's darn good work for a human being.

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