The record world record for hot dog eating returns to the United States (USA! USA!) when Joey Chestnut, 22, of San Jose, ate 59 and a half hot dogs:
Chestnut, 22, of San Jose, broke the record previously held by Takeru Kobayashi of Japan by downing 59½ "HDBs" — hot dogs and buns — during the Southwest Regional Hot Dog Eating Championship at the Arizona Mills Mall in suburban Tempe.
Kobayashi set the old record last year, when he filled his belly with 53¾ hot dogs in 12 minutes, at Nathan's Famous Fourth of July Hot Dog Eating Contest, held at Coney Island in New York, said George Costos, who helps runs the regional contests for Nathan's.
And what did Joey win? More hot dogs, of course!
Chestnut won a free trip to New York, a year's supply of hot dogs and a $250 gift card to the mall.