Only in America is a phrase often heard, its origins can't be too old although finding a single point to its beginnings can be difficult. Let's face it we're a very competitive bunch and we've produced a lot of wins and winners in our short history. While yesterday was the day we celebrate our Country's coming of age, so to speak, it's also a day we now recognize one of the most odd competitions we love where anyone can have a chance at winning. You know it, Nathan's Annual 4th of July Hot Dog Eating Contest!
This is no small feat and while a I am fan of the event the "Record" has gotten so large that it can be difficult to watch. Joey Chestnut has 11 wins under his belt. Making a living at this or even trying to is not easy. Joey brings in about $250,000 a year and 2nd place might get you half of that. Only in America!
Not a fan of hot dogs? There are over 4,000 competitive eating contests held each year around the country. Get yourself an old VW van and travel this great land while competing. Can you imagine what adventures you'll experience when planning your attacks. Don't forget the Pepto-Bismol, they're also partners in this eating menagerie.
Ladies, you've had your own division since 2011 so don't feel left out. There have been two Champions since then, Sonya Thomas was a 3 time Champ and today it's Miki Sudo who wears the coveted pink "Hot Dog" belt capturing the last 5 wins. Do you really want to know how many franks you need to eat (with bun) to be a World Record Holder?
The Modern Era Contest is limited to 10 minutes and you'll need to consume 75 "dogs" to get your name in lights if you're a guy and 46 if you're a gal. Frankly, my maximum was five at a cookout a year or two ago and even though I loved each and every bite it soon became brutal.