While millions of Americans celebrated Independence Day on Monday the old fashioned way — parades, BBQ, political gatherings, and fireworks to commemorate our country’s 234th birthday, several thousand folks with nothing better to do spent hours in the hot, summer sun on Long Island watching a panel of their fellow citizens who also had nothing better to do, chew and swallow as many hot dogs and soggy buns as they could within 10 minutes. Who says America has lost its competitive advantage in the world? One of our own once again has captured the annual Nathan’s hot dog-eating contest.
Stuffing as much food into one’s mouth as possible and swallowing it without throwing up has now become big business in the U.S. and in other countries as well (Japan being a major competitor). There is even a franchise organization — MLE (Major League Eating) — that “governs” competitive eating contests that draw probably millions of viewers to events around the world each year. There are