Among other highly intellectual converations my friends and I have had of late, we’ve speculated about the world’s record for hot dog eating (50 1/2, it turns out).

This year’s contest was held on July 4. No one set any records but Kobayashi wins hot dog eating contest for 3rd year in a row:

Kobayashi, 25, 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.

The Americans lagged way behind, one finishing in second place having eaten only 30. I guess the Refrigerator Perry ate like 6 — not very impressive, I’m sorry. Next year?