HOT DOGGING

Professional eating-machine Joey Chestnut has, for the fourth year in a row, won the annual Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Contest at Coney Island today. Chestnut devoured 54 dogs in 10 minutes to the appreciative delight of crowds of spectators and connoisseurs of the bizarre.

Among the spectators was former six-time champion Takeru Kobayashi who hasn’t signed a contract with Major League Eating (whatever that is)and was barred from competing in the event. That didn’t stop Kobayashi from crashing the proceedings when he took to the stage shortly after today’s competition had ended. Kobayashi was promptly arrested, clutching to police barricades as he was led away.

Alas, “the thrill of victory, the agony of defeat,” in humanity’s quest for a place (no matter how trivial) in the sun.

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