Technology considered for Nathan's hot dog contest


"In ten minutes, the world's top competitive eaters get to try to consume as many hot dogs as possible".

Manual counts initially found that Joey Chestnut, the men's champion, had eaten 64 hot dogs, rather than the world record-breaking 74 hot dogs that he actually consumed.

The Nathan's Famous hot dog eating contest has been held annually since 1916, and we're sure it will continue for at least another century, especially with Chestnut in his prime.

Announcer George Shea felt the judges were a little off-base with their scoring but agreed, despite with Joey Chesnutt's final tally of 74 hot dogs.

The Las Vegas competitor fell short of the 41 hot dogs she consumed past year but still beat out second-place finisher Michelle Lesco, of Tucson, Arizona. "So I'm just eating quick, and for them to follow up with me to this point, it's a blessing".

In a stats released by ESPN reporter Darren Rovell, Chestnut's 74 hot dogs contain 22,200 calories to go along with 814g of protein, 2664 grams of cholesterol, 54242 grams of sodium and 1850 grams of carbohydrates. Since then, he's been absolutely dominant, winning 11 of the past 12 competitions. But, after that many hot dogs, who wouldn't?! (In 2016, he managed to chow down on 70.) Chestnut also won eight times consecutively from 2007 to 2014 before being bested in 2015 by competitor Matt "Megatoad" Stonie.

Since the first recorded contest in 1972, a total of 1,509 Nathan's Famous beef hot dogs have been eaten by participants.

Seventy-four hot dogs represent 54,000 milligrams of sodium, which is approximately 2368 percent of the recommended daily allowance. "Last year he did 72". The win was his 10 victory at the competition. The sport (though some critics refuse to acknowledge competitive eating as a sport), really came to a head when Takeru Kobayashi set a new standard in the event in 1997 after eating 50 hot dogs in the 10-minute span.