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Joey Chestnut Breaks Hot Dog Eating World Record

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Annual Coney Island Hot Dog Eating Contest Held On July 4th Alex Wroblewski/Getty Images
  • In grand American tradition, Nathan’s Famous held its annual Fourth of July hot dog eating contest yesterday, and competitive eater Joey Chestnut broke his own world record by downing 72 hot dogs in 10 minutes.
  • Meanwhile, human firework Guy Fieri dropped serious cash a Florida fireworks store — purchasing “three or four carts full,” worth $2,000.
  • How do Americans like their steak cooked? Mostly “medium” and “medium-well,” according to one study with a limited sample set: It’s based on orders at the Longhorn Steakhouse chain.
  • A Charlie and the Chocolate Factory musical just extended its run on Broadway, so the New York Times investigates the sad decline of the Wonka chocolate manufacturer: The brand, and its famous Wonka Bars, was discontinued in 2015.
  • Tire-company-turned-global-restaurant-rating-system Michelin has purchased a 40 percent stake in wine rating system Robert Parker Wine Advocate.

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