That’s how many hot dogs (and buns!) super-eater Joey Chestnut ate in 10 minutes to win this year’s Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Contest, a very American event held on the Fourth of July. It was his 15th victory.
And the 63 dogs and buns isn’t even a record for Chestnut. Last year he ate 76! Maybe he didn’t eat as much this year because not only was his leg in a cast from an injury, he had to fight off a protester who rushed the stage.
In the women’s division, Miki Sudo won her eighth crown (or whatever a hot dog eating champion wins), downing 40. She missed last year because she was pregnant.
By the way, this isn’t the only eating competition that Chestnut participates in. There’s an official organization called Major League Eating (yes), and Chestnut eats more than hot dogs. Last October he won the Destination Outlets World Pumpkin Pie Eating Championship in Jeffersonville, Ohio. He ate 16.75 pounds of pie in 8 minutes. He also holds the world record for eating Big Macs; in 2020 he consumed 32 of them in 38 minutes!
Sudo is a champ in other food categories too, including ice cream, turkey, kimchi, and buffalo wings.
Are You Avoiding the News?
I used to be a news junkie. I would watch several hours of cable news a day, read several newspapers, surf the web, scroll social media, get push notifications of news, etc. I felt that if I consumed more and more and more news (I needed to be “in the know” ASAP), the better informed I’d be. But that’s not really how it works.
According to the latest Reuters Institute Digital News Report, people everywhere are turned off by the news, no matter what their political persuasion, and they’re instead doing something called “selective news avoidance.”
In other words, they’re watching just enough of the news they want to watch and avoiding everything else. This is also called “how everyone used to get their news before cable news and the web ruined everything.”
Everything’s exhausting now. Everything! People just aren’t made to live at the speed of 24/7 cable news and the internet, all this information and entertainment coming at us all the time. But there’s an easy solution.
Do what I do and pretend it’s 1975. I don’t mean you should wear ugly clothes. I’m talking about how you get your news. Watch about 30 minutes of TV news a day, maybe your local newscast or one of the broadcast networks at night, and read the newspaper or a news magazine and you’ll be all caught up on all the news you need. Don’t live on social media (or even visit, actually) and don’t watch cable news all day long, because on cable and the web, all news is breaking (or “developing”) now, and that’s no way to go through life. It’s exhausting and makes you tense.
Believe me, if anything major happens, you’ll hear about it.
Dogs Can’t Be Tennis Ball Boys and Girls
Because they want a treat every time they fetch the ball. Oh, and their slobber gets all over them too.
The Boy Who Hated Summer
Just a couple of weeks ago I remarked on how cool June had been and how I hadn’t even had to drag out my big floor fan yet. Well, those days are over, because when July made its debut, so did the sticky, gross humidity, crushing the air around me and wilting my soul. So I got out my fan and plugged it in and will keep it aimed at me until Labor Day comes around.
Every year — every single June, July, and August — I tell myself that I’m not going to complain about the weather, and every year I fail. It’s like a personal summer resolution that I can never keep. So instead of trying to be something I’m not, a person who loves summer or even tolerates it, I’m going to be the person I am: The Boy Who Hated Summer.
They could even make a movie with that title. It would be great if they got Clooney to play me, but they’d probably cast Jason Alexander.
Quote of the Week
“Get a life!”
—Martin Cooper, inventor of the cellphone, when told by an interviewer that she spends five hours a day on hers
RIP James Caan, Arnold Skolnick, Bradford Freeman, Peter Brook, Tommy Morgan, Jan Shutan Levinson, Joe Turkel, and Betty Rowland
James Caan starred in a ton of classic movies over his long career, including two Godfather films, Brian’s Song, Misery, Rollerball, Thief, Funny Lady, Elf, and many others. On TV he starred on Las Vegas, Back in the Game, and Magic City, and appeared on everything from The Naked City to Family Guy. He died Wednesday at the age of 82.
Bradford Freeman was the last known surviving member of the World War II parachute infantry regiment known as “Easy Company,” depicted in the miniseries Band of Brothers. He died Sunday at the age of 97.
Peter Brook was an acclaimed stage director and the director of the 1963 film Lord of the Flies. He died last week at the age of 97.
Tommy Morgan played harmonica on over 500 soundtracks, including films like Cool Hand Luke and Dances with Wolves, TV shows like The Waltons, Roots, Sanford and Son, The Rockford Files, and Buffy the Vampire Slayer, and performed with everyone from The Andrews Sisters to The Beach Boys. He died last month at the age of 89.
Jan Shutan Levinson was a regular on Sons and Daughters and Room 222 and also appeared on shows like Star Trek, The Andy Griffith Show, Ben Casey, The Fugitive, and Charlie’s Angels. She died back in October at the age of 88.
Joe Turkel played the bartender in The Shining and also appeared in Blade Runner, The Killing, Paths of Glory, Valley of the Giants, and The Hindenburg, as well as many TV shows. He died last week at the age of 94.
Betty Rowland was one of the last of the burlesque dancers of the ’30s and ’40s. She died in April at the age of 106.
This Week in History
First Walmart Opens (July 2, 1962)
It was in Rogers, Arkansas, and was called Wal-Mart Discount City.
Declaration of Independence Ratified (July 4, 1776)
Here’s a complete transcription, from the National Archives.
This Week in Saturday Evening Post History: Ice ad (July 8, 1950)
I was going to say the three-letter word was ANT.
How to Make Ice
Ha! Just kidding. You already know how to make ice. (Pro tip: use water.)
July is National Watermelon Month. Belle of the Kitchen has a recipe for Watermelon Lemonade, while Delish has one for Watermelon Sangria. Wide Open Eats shows you how to cook a chicken in a watermelon (if you ever wondered how to do that), and Yummy Healthy Easy has a recipe for Watermelon BBQ Sauce. You can make Smitten Kitchen’s Watermelon Cucumber Salad, and here’s a recipe for Watermelon Fire and Ice Salsa.
I knew I’d get ice on the list somehow.
Next Week’s Holidays and Events
Wimbledon Finals (July 9 and 10)
The women’s final airs on ESPN Saturday at 9 a.m. ET, and the men’s final airs on Sunday at the same time and place. Both finals will have human ball-retrieving people.
The Open Championship (July 14-17)
It’s also called The British Open or just The Open. Golf Channel will have highlights on Thursday and Friday night, and then on Saturday and Sunday NBC will have live coverage starting at 7 a.m. ET.
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