All You Can Eat Contests
The Nation’s Most Disgusting Eating Contests
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There’s nothing more patriotic than celebrating Independence Day at Coney Island, watching fellow Americans (and a few foreigners) vie for the title of Hot Dog Eating World Champion. This year’s 96th annual Nathan’s Famous Fourth of July International Hot Dog Eating Contest marks the first time women and men will compete in separate divisions, each with $20,000 in cash—and a Mustard Yellow Belt—up for grabs. In the spirit of life, liberty, and the pursuit of gluttony, we’ve highlighted triumphs from the 2010-2011 season of eating events (yes, people competitively gorge themselves year-round). Read on to learn the scary truth about what’s been consumed at all-you-can-eat contests across the country.