How Do You Get The Contest Out Of Your System? Trying To Answer The…

The Nathan's Famous Fourth of July International Hot Dog Eating Contest is a lot of things—patriotic, promotional, repellant—but above all, the contest is a study in misdirection. Like so many of Coney Island's storied card sharks and freak shows, the contest succeeds by distracting its audience, plying them with… » 7/05/12 11:50am 7/05/12 11:50am

Kobayashi Somehow Sets A New, Totally Unofficial Hot Dog Eating Record

With the Empire State Building as a backdrop and a drag queen named Mimi Imfurst cracking jokes about stuffing wieners into Anderson Cooper's mouth, Takeru Kobayashi executed an improbably perfect "up yours" to the Nathan's hot dog eating contest, from which he's been barred over a long-running contractual dispute… » 7/04/11 8:50pm 7/04/11 8:50pm

The Lonesome Independence Day Of Kobayashi, Eater In Exile

On a May evening, in a cramped biergarten behind a German restaurant off the Bowery in Manhattan, Takeru Kobayashi sat down to a plate of Rheinischer Sauerbraten mit Kartoffelklößen und Rotkraut. First, he produced a small camera and began photographing the sauerbraten for his blog, where he catalogs his personal… » 7/03/11 10:45pm 7/03/11 10:45pm