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Thursday, July 05, 2007

CUTTING THE MUSTARD


In America we're not called the "home of the free" (because of the brave) for nothing.

We have the right to do almost anything such as ... eating hot dogs until you puke.


Does this gross out anyone else but me?

OK, I understand that the Coney Island hot dog-eating contest has been a tradition for almost a century, but watching these people "go for the gluttony" makes me sick. Especially when one upchucks like last year's champ did yesterday.

See it on YouTube here.


In any case, the mustard championship belt (I can't believe there actually is such a thing) is back in America after six long years!


It's something to relish, no doubt.

(Photos are by Associated Press)
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16 Comments:

Anonymous Pat said...

My ten year-old nephew thinks your blog rocks. Well done.

Thu Jul 05, 12:02:00 PM  
Anonymous Pete said...

All them "dogs"...that's about a month's worth of cholesterol.
I surprised some medical organization has not weighed in on this insane contest.

Thu Jul 05, 12:40:00 PM  
Blogger Diana said...

Wow Pat, tell your nephew thanks! (It must have been the puking thing ...)

Thu Jul 05, 12:50:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks for the memories. My husband was born in Coney Island. Worked near Nathan's who sponsors the contest each year. Glad the US won finally.

Thu Jul 05, 02:19:00 PM  
Anonymous Sophia Murano Lambargini said...

Maybe if the guys were better looking you wouldn't mind their stupidity!

Now I must leave the blog and go have a hot dog !!!!!

Thu Jul 05, 02:23:00 PM  
Anonymous bill said...

Takeru Kobayashi was on a roll. But now the roll's on Takeru!

Thu Jul 05, 02:36:00 PM  
Anonymous Norm said...

I grew up in Sheepshead Bay, not far from Coney Island. I remember a milk farm in Sheepshead around 1950. I didn't know that Coney Island still had pig farms.

Thu Jul 05, 03:18:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

There are lots of pig farms in Brooklyn, Norm. In recent years they have been moving from Brooklyn to Staten Island to, of late, Howell Township.

Thu Jul 05, 03:34:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Your blogs are cool, it's the great pictures you take and the wacky videos you show us!

I wouldn't watch the puking video, too gross for me, but i'm sure it's what the 10 yr old enjoyed!

Thu Jul 05, 04:02:00 PM  
Anonymous proofreader said...

Yeah... sadly, the Japanese ex-champ (chomp) had a career-threatening jaw injury to slow him down this year but I am sure he will be back to reclaim the top dog title next year...how about the 100 lb. petite woman competitor (known in the ultimate eating circles as "The Black Widow" because she destroys all the men and is the only woman competing in this competition)..why is it, that the news hounds don't show the "wiener", I mean winner, the day after? He is probably bloated, nauseated, upchucking chunks of processed meat and bread still half-ensnared in his esophagus ...at all random hours of the day and night and ..the smells...ewwww...I also wonder (because I have a warped sense of humor) what the other side of that American flag looks like after the winner's victory lap? I guess it could be worse if they were gorging themselves on corn dogs or chili dogs or chili cheese dogs or chili cheese corn dogs...the count keeps getting higher each year..at #100, can't wait to see the champ implode all over the crowd..the front rows of people should be required to wear plastic ponchos like at a Gallagher concert...

Thu Jul 05, 04:50:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think the contest is gluttonous. I have a problem with it, Diana, but maybe you and I are in the minority.

The poor starving children in Ethiopia and all that.

Fun is fun, but sheesh, this is...well, there are no words for it.

Margaret

Fri Jul 06, 05:38:00 AM  
Anonymous bb said...

I really hate to see this contest. Do not watch it. All I can think is, they are going to throw this all up later and all that waste. Some poor people would like just one hot dog. I won't give you "all the children are starving in Europe", but you get the idea.

Fri Jul 06, 08:42:00 AM  
Anonymous proofreader said...

when I was growing up, my Mom would say to eat everything on my plate because of those starving kids in Africa..I now blame those starving kids in Africa for my extra girth..thanks Mom! :}

Fri Jul 06, 10:23:00 AM  
Anonymous dmc said...

I wonder how much weight they gain.

Fri Jul 06, 10:57:00 AM  
Anonymous proofreader said...

dmc, they actually lose weight because they vomit it all out (and then some), just like those Hollywood starlets/brats...but for them, it is "fashionable"..

Fri Jul 06, 12:08:00 PM  
Anonymous dl said...

Ever notice that men, unlike women

1.)Do not care that the hot dog is made from cow’s lips, tongue, and other cow/pig parts that some find particularly revolting.

2.)Are the majority of employees at the job sites where hot dog trucks go.

3.)Are the majority of drivers on roads where hot dog trucks park.

4.)Are the majority of spectators at sporting events where hot dog stands are.

5.)Will put hot dogs on the very top of the shopping list for any gathering that includes food, especially barbeques.

6.)Will wait on line, no matter long it is, to obtain a hot dog.

7.)Will wait on said line repeatedly, even if said hot dog is not so good.

8.)ARE the contestants in hot dog eating contests.

9.)Have a body part that resembles a hot dog

AND NUMBER 10
Are totally obsessed with aforesaid body part.

I guess our puking boy figured out the body part, the obsession, the lips and tongue, and the associated sexual act about 2 seconds before he lost it.

Fri Jul 13, 09:38:00 AM  

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