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Nathans Hot Dog Eating Contest

Every year in Brooklyn, New York, competitors must eat as many hot dogs as they can within 10 minutes. One of the most popular of the many 'extreme eating' competitions in North America, this one is held annually on the 4th of July. The reigning champion is currently Joey Chestnut, who in 2013 won the contest for the seventh time in a row. Chestnut managed to eat a mind-boggling 69 hot dogs (with buns!) in 10 minutes. Chestnut stated that his secret is moving around as little as possible, along with dipping the buns in water to make them slide down quicker. The event has received significant media coverage over the past couple of years, and Joey Chestnut has earned a kind of celebrity status due to his large number of wins.

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