"Takeru 'The Tsunami' Kobayashi gained 17lbs (7.7 kilos) in the process and narrowly avoided what, in this kind of competition, is referred to politely as a 'Roman incident'."
After the contest, Kobayashi was asked what next. His reply? "Ice cream!"
[Eric "Badlands" Booker, a 410-pound New York subway conductor, took second place. Badlands could barely swallow his 26th dog. "Kobayashi brought a sense of industrial efficiency to the task. Placing a cup of water on each side, he dunked the bun with his left hand and crammed it in his mouth, while with his right hand he dunked the hot-dog and brought it midway up his chest. Then, with both hands, he broke the hot-dog in half and, with one section in each hand, used the sausage as a plunger to force down the bun as he chewed." Kobayashi's earnings over the previous year? $150,000 -- including $25,000 for his victorious consumption of 18 lbs of cows' brains in the "Glutton Bowl".]
[The contest dates back to Nathan Handwerker's founding (in 1916) of a small hot-dog stand on Surf Avenue, near the Coney Island boardwalk. The competition has taken place every year except 1941 (as a protest against the impending war) and 1971 (as a protest against the summer of love).]