Man eats record 72 hot dogs in 10 minutes

During every U.S. Independence Day – 4th of July – many great as well as weird events take place. This year was no exception with Americans celebrating it by watching some men ‘mow down’ as many hot dogs as they can in 10 minutes.

The hot dogs contest, which takes place every year on New York’s Coney Island, was won by Joey ‘Jaws’ Chestnut for the tenth time. He chowed down an incredible 72 sausages and buns.

One only needs to watch the footage to see how gross the contest was.

33-year-old Chestnut’s speed eating prowess has made him quite the celebrity. He holds the world record after eating 73.5 dogs in 10 minutes – but that was in qualifying rather than an actual event, making his Independence Day performance a record.

After his latest victory, organiser George Shea said: ‘He is an American hero. He stands as a representative of freedom, of the American ideal.’

Chestnut, from California, said: ‘I am just a goofy dude who likes to eat. I am a lucky guy, to travel around the world and eat and make people smile.’

Nathan’s Famous Hot Dog Eating Contest has become a tradition since the first ever event in 1916.