Think Thin Thursday ~ An All American Tradition

Real Estate Agent with Florida Supreme Realty SL514814

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.        

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Comments (11)

Sham Reddy CRS
H E R Realty, Dayton, OH - Dayton, OH

Only in America is such an odd sport!!!

The Modern Era Contest is limited to 10 minutes and you'll need to consume75 "dogs" to get your name in lights if you're a guy and 46 if you're a gal.

Jul 05, 2018 04:06 AM
Kevin J. May

Legend has it that it began with four immigrants trying to settle an argument in 1916. The Americazination of it has continued ever since with International competitors and winners across the globe.

Jul 05, 2018 07:50 AM
Marco Giancola
Beachfront Realty - Miami Beach, FL
Realtor (305)608-1922, Miami Beach Florida

Amazing numbers! I am good for about one or two per year max!

Jul 05, 2018 04:10 AM
Kevin J. May

You could at least grab a foot long when you\re at a Dolphin's game Marco! Oh, and a beer.

Jul 05, 2018 07:52 AM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

Of course, Joey Chestnut is a legend by now and the Coney Island contest a true tradition... but I can't imagine swallowing that many hot dogs so quickly. One would be enough for me, but I'd savor every bit.

Jul 05, 2018 04:20 AM
Kevin J. May

I have my doubts whether Joey can even taste them while competing and if he casually dines on them now and then.

Jul 05, 2018 07:56 AM
Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Retired - Franklin, MA
Previously Affiliated with The Todaro Team

I wouldn't touch one of those.... no rolls for sure.... I haven't eaten grain for 5 years.... and I eat nothing processed....I eat very clean....

Jul 05, 2018 04:24 AM
Kevin J. May

Restrictions are great but when I need to go off the beaten path a hot dog here and there doesn't phase me. My annual total would not qualify me for competition.

Jul 05, 2018 08:01 AM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX
Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
NW Austin ~ Canyon Creek and Spicewood/Balcones

Good morning Kevin J. May,

OMG..I probably consume a hot dog a years. You are right..only in America!! I had no idea there were over 4,000 competitive hot dog eating contests held each year around the country!

Jul 05, 2018 05:11 AM
Kevin J. May

We know about apples but a hot dog a year must keep something away Dorie.

Jul 05, 2018 08:02 AM
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Good morning Kevin. I go to the Vienna Factory store and have 2hot dogs and fries. Never finish the fries. Can’t compete. Enjoy your day 

Jul 05, 2018 05:42 AM
Kevin J. May

You've got a great dog there Wayne. I love how they snap back at you with each bite. MMMMM!

Jul 05, 2018 08:07 AM
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


Not a competition for either one of us.  I cannot even watch it!  It is definitely an American sport.  A

Jul 05, 2018 06:46 AM
Kevin J. May

So, you're telling me that Wienerschnitzel is not your thing Alexandra. You could shgare one with Ron?

Jul 05, 2018 08:12 AM
Brian England
Vacasa - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

I can't believe that he ate 74 hot dogs in 10 minutes, that is just insane, haha.  I didn't watch it, but I saw the news of his win.

Jul 05, 2018 09:42 AM
Kevin J. May

This record is one that will have limitations if you ask me. Talk about devouring your competition!

Jul 05, 2018 09:54 AM
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Hi Kevin- while I love hot dogs (I eat one a year) there is no way I could even eat two at one time!!! Oh well, it's the American Spirit to make a contest out of things and have fun with it!  

Jul 05, 2018 06:03 PM
Kevin J. May

Everything about them nutrition wise screams "don't do it" but alas I must. Not going for any records soon either.

Jul 06, 2018 10:04 AM
Laura Cerrano
Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island - Locust Valley, NY
Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher

To be fair, only in Japan should a phrase too if you’ve ever see Japanese game shows and such hahaha!

Jul 07, 2018 05:31 AM
Kevin J. May

I'll google it and see what comes up Laura. I have seen a couple of those shows but never heard the phrase "Only in Japan"

Aug 04, 2018 06:04 AM
Joe Pryor
The Virtual Real Estate Team - Oklahoma City, OK
REALTOR® - Oklahoma Investment Properties

The human body can be forgiving an occasional binge but this is ridiculous.

Aug 04, 2018 04:55 AM
Kevin J. May

There is a lot of science that goes into the prep for the contest but attempts can be life threatening I've heard. Ridiculous is right!

Aug 04, 2018 05:59 AM