Speed-eating contests date from 1916 and started among US immigrants who would down hot-dogs to prove their patriotism.

Personally I can think of less dangerous and disgusting ways of doing so, waving a flag for example.

Seemingly Coney Island hosts the world-famous hot dog-eating contest. Competitors have to eat as many hot dogs as they can in 12 minutes.

So who are the champion speed eaters? Well the winner for the last five years has been Takeru “Tsunami” Kobayashi from Japan, he holds the world record for speed-eating 53.5 hot dogs in 12 minutes. He also holds the world record for eating 57 cow brains in 15 minutes. You have to wonder if he’s never heard of BSE.

Another big player (if you’ll excuse the pun) in the world of competitive eating is Sonya “The Black Widow” Thomas. She is a Korean-American, who incredibly weighs just seven stone. She currently holds over 25 world records for speed-eating. These include: 161 buffalo wings in 12 minutes, 80 chicken nuggets in 5 minutes and 65 hard-boiled eggs in 6 minutes, 40 seconds.

Would you like fries with that?

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