Competitive Eating

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It both cracks me up and weirds me out that competitive eating is one of the ways Americans celebrate our American-ness. Yeah, yeah, I know other countries do it too, but they don’t have the obesity rates we do! Just saying…

Did you know there’s a Major League Eating & International Federation of Competitive Eating? Me neither. I first heard about it today while googling “competitive eating” after hearing about the annual July Fourth International Hot Dog Eating Contest at Nathan’s Famous Hot Dog Stand at Coney Island.

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Joey Chestnut, the same dude who’s won the past five years, won again, downing 62 dogs in 10 minutes. He dipped them in water while eating so he could eat big bites. It’s not like he was just doing it for fun—he went home with $10,000. Sonya Thomas (who calls herself The Black Widow) took the title in the women’s division, eating 40 hot dogs in 10 minutes. Even that is more hot dogs that I’ve probably eaten in the past 10 years. True, they’re on my list of least-favorite foods, but that’s beside the point…

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