NATHAN’S HOT DOG

EAT­ING CON­TEST IN NUM­BERS

Emirates Man - - FEATURE | EATING -

1916

The first hot dog eat­ing con­test at Nathan’s. Won by James Mullen, who de­feated three other im­mi­grants in a chal­lenge of pa­tri­o­tism by eat­ing 13 dogs in 12 min­utes.

Length in min­utes of 1972’s com­pe­ti­tion, won by a stu­dent from Brook­lyn. The prize? Forty free hot dogs.

½

Amount of hot dog Steve Keiner ate be­fore the con­test had of­fi­cially be­gun in 1999. He se­cured the win, but would’ve been dis­qual­i­fied had judges no­ticed.

50

Num­ber of dogs eaten by Takeru Kobayashi in 2001, dou­bling the pre­vi­ous world record.

2007

The year al­lAmer­i­can eater Joey Chest­nut ended Kobayashi’s reign, smash­ing his record of 53¾ hot dogs by putting away 66.

1

Num­ber of ar­rests dur­ing 2010’s con­test. Af­ter a con­trac­tual dis­pute saw Kobayashi banned, he stormed the stage in a ‘Free Kobi’ T-shirt and was led away in hand­cuffs by po­lice.

8

The num­ber of con­sec­u­tive years Joey “Jaws” Chest­nut has been world hot dog eat­ing cham­pion, eclips­ing Kobayashi’s record of six wins.

69

World record of hot dogs eaten in ten min­utes, at­tained by Joey Chest­nut in 2013.

23,790

Amount of calo­ries in the 61 hot dogs and buns Joey Chest­nut con­sumed in 2014, in­clud­ing 1,189.5g of fat.

2,800,000

Num­ber of peo­ple who watched the 2014 event on ESPN2 – the chan­nel’s fifth most watched event of that year.

1

Num­ber of wed­ding pro­pos­als dur­ing 2014’s con­test. Joey Chest­nut popped the ques­tion to his girl­friend, Nes­lie Ri­casa, on stage prior to com­pet­ing. Luck­ily for Jaws, she said yes.

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