July 5, 2003 |
Frankly speaking, it wasn't even close. For a third straight year, rail-thin Takeru "Tsunami" Kobayashi out-gorged the competition Friday in the Nathan's Famous hot dog eating contest, downing 44 1/2 dogs and dominating adversaries three times his size. Kobayashi twitched and twisted to finish his franks at the rate of one every 16 seconds in a 12-minute display of gastronomic supremacy at the annual Fourth of July extravaganza.
February 18, 1995 |
The poets, spiritualists and sages have been telling us ever since the last big war that modern American life is increasingly filled with too many choices. True enough. Still, who would have guessed that, in 1995, so many would have to do with unpleasant bodily secretions? "Mr.
June 19, 2004 |
Danielle Franco and Chris Kenneally's documentary "Crazy Legs Conti: Zen and the Art of Competitive Eating" looks at an obscure offshoots of the sporting life: gastronomical fortitude. Competitive eaters are those normally gargantuan men we see on ESPN each Fourth of July wolfing down large numbers of hot dogs.
July 5, 2007 |
Does a TV news segment or a story in your morning newspaper ever make you gag? I don't mean because it is too violent. I don't mean a TV program that warns you it contains "disturbing images" or that the article you are reading includes graphic and grisly details about a death. I mean sickening -- a story so disgusting your stomach can take only so much.
May 28, 2001 |
While most think Memorial Day marks the beginning of summer, it's also the start of The Season. The competitive eating season. Time for a man like Ed "Cookie" Jarvis to learn what he's made of--and how many hot dogs he can eat in 12 minutes. If he's lucky, the 335-pound Long Island real estate agent may win a berth in the world's most famous hot dog eating contest on July 4 at Coney Island.