By watching people eat hot dogs until they collapse! My friend and I ventured out to Coney Island earlier today to watch the annual Nathan’s Coney Island Hot Dog Eating Contest. We loitered on the pavement with about 35,000 other spectators while a barker in a straw boater made bad jokes; a guy got up on stage and proposed to his girlfriend (she accepted, and the barker married them on the spot, at which point I heard the girl’s mother’s heart breaking somewhere in Queens); an obese rapper, who was also a contestant and world-champion matzoh eater, did his thing; and faux cheerleaders awkwardly waved their pom-poms. This year was particularly exciting, as it was the rematch of Takeru Kobayashi and Joey Chestnut. For those of you who don’t follow these things, Kobayashi was the undefeated champion for six straight years, until Chestnut took him down last year. This year, they finished in a dead heat of 59 dogs each (in 10 minutes); Chestnut barely won in a one-minute eat-off. So exciting! For the stomach-churning visuals, click on the photo below.

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