Fun Fact July 6, 2020.
6 July 2020
How many hot dogs did you eat on July 4th, not that it’s a competition or anything. Actually, there is a competition and it’s been happening at the original location of Nathan’s Famous Hot Dogs on Coney Island, New York since 1972. The contest always takes place on July 4th and has been sanctioned since 1997 by the MLE, that is Major League Eating, which itself is sanctioned by the IFOCE, or the International Federation of Competitive Eating. Competitors must be a member in good standing with the MLE in order to compete. It wasn’t until 2011 that the ladies had their own division. This year, defending champion Joey Chestnut won the men’s division with a world record 75 hot dogs. A world record was also set in the women’s division by Miki Sudo who downed 48 and a half dogs in ten minutes. What do the winners get, besides a tummy ache? The men get a mustard colored belt and the women get a pink belt, both bejeweled. The belt is of “unknown age and value” according to IFOCE co-founder George Shea. I don’t think I eat 75 hot dogs in a year.