If you feared that your hero, the $30 hot dog guy, had been defeated by the forces of Mayor Lex “Bill DeBlasio” Luthor, dry your tears. Although Ahmed Mohammed lost his job selling $30 wieners and priceless life lessons (same thing) to tourists near Ground Zero, a new hero has risen to take his place.
Joey Chestnut, a man who is very good at eating hot dogs very quickly, won his eighth Coney Island Hot Dog Eating Contest today. Just before he downed 61 hot dogs in 10 minutes, he proposed to his longtime girlfriend, Neslie Ricasa, who said yes. Their engagement story is now: "We got engaged at a Coney Island hot dog-eating contest." Theirs is the truest of loves.
On Monday, it seemed that the bad boy of competitive eating, former world champion Takeru Kobayashi had unofficially reclaimed his crown as the world's greatest eater of hot dogs when he bested nemesis Joey Chestnut at an alternate event in Manhattan. But video of Kobayashi's event proves otherwise.
Papaya King, the red and orange hot dog emporium that has been adding heartburn to Manhattanites' hangovers for decades, finally opened a branch in Los Angeles. So far there are lines out the block for the New York chain's famous hot dogs. Does this mean we're finally going to get an In 'N' Out Burger?