JOEY CHESTNUT is not the only person eating hot dogs in this country of ours. According to www.hot-dog.org (yes, there is such a website), Americans devoured 150 million on the Fourth of July.
But nobody devours them faster than Chestnut. The San Jose, Calif., resident accounted for the consumption of 68 of those 150 million doggies on Wednesday on the way to winning The Nathan's Famous Fourth of July International Hot Dog Eating Contest in Coney Island.
Chestnut, a three-time Wing Bowl champ (2006-08), won the event for the sixth straight year. His hot dog intake amounted to about 20,000 calories — in 10 minutes. To put that in perspective, that's like eating 95 soft pretzels (without the mustard) or 41 3.5-ounce bags of potato chips or 9.5 pounds of trail mix or, if you want to think you're really eating healthy, 571 rice cakes — in 10 minutes.