Back in April, competitive eater and world champion burper Tim "Eater X" Janus contacted us with an idea for "a very cool stunt that I'd like to have documented by a reputable news outlet."
The results from the 2011 Nathan's Hot Dog Eating Contest tell us that Tim "Eater X" Janus is the third-best hot-dog eater in the world. He owns world records for speed-eating burritos, sushi, and ramen noodles.
Is there anything more distinctly American than celebrating our independence by holding a contest to see who could consume the most processed meat? Photographer Erin Siegal and I ventured out to Coney Island to take it all in.