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  1. Esmond Penington Knight (4 May 1906 – 23 February 1987) was an English actor. He had a successful stage and film career before World War II. For much of his later career Knight was half-blind. He had been badly wounded in 1941 whilst on active service on board HMS Prince of Wales when she fought the Bismarck at the Battle of the Denmark ...

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    Major League Eating (MLE), sanctioned by the International Federation of Competitive Eating(IFOCE), has sanctioned the event since 1997. Today, only entrants currently under contract by MLE can compete in the contest. The field of about 20 contestants typically includes the following: 1. the defending champion; 2. winners of a regional qualifying contest for that season; 3. individuals qualifying as one of two wildcards(highest two average qualifier scores without winning a single qualifier); and 4. those invited by special invitation of the MLE. The competitors stand on a raised platform behind a long table with drinks and Nathan's Famous hot dogs in buns. Most contestants have water on hand, but other kinds of drinks can and have been used. Condimentsare allowed, but usually are not used. The hot dogs are allowed to cool slightly after grilling to prevent possible mouth burns. The contestant that consumes (and keeps down) the most hot dogs and buns (HDB) in ten minutes is declared...

    The winner of the men's competition is given possession of the coveted international "bejeweled" mustard-yellow belt. The belt is of "unknown age and value" according to IFOCE co-founder George Shea and rests in the country of its owner. In 2011, Sonya Thomaswon the inaugural women's competition and its "bejeweled" pink belt. Various other prizes have been awarded over the years. For example, in 2004 Orbitzdonated a travel package to the winner. Starting in 2007, cash prizes have been awarded to the top finishers.

    The Nathan's Hot Dog Eating Contest has been held at the original location on Coney Island most years since about 1972, usually in conjunction with Independence Day. Nathan's promoter Mortimer "Morty" Matz claimed that on July 4, 1916, four immigrants held a hot dog eating contest at Nathan's Famous stand on Coney Island to settle an argument about who was the most patriotic. He also made the spurious claim that the contest has been held each year since then except 1941 ("as a protest to the war in Europe") and 1971 (as a protest to political unrest in the U.S.). A man by the name of Jim Mullen is said to have won the first contest, although accounts vary. One account describes Jimmy Durante (who was not an immigrant) as competing in that all-immigrant inaugural contest, which was judged by Eddie Cantor and Sophie Tucker. Another describes the event as beginning "in 1917, and pitted Mae West's father, Jack, against entertainer Eddie Cantor." In 2010, however, promoter Matz admitted...

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    Note: *—though Walter Paul's 1967 feat is documented in multiple UPI press accounts from the time, he has also been mentioned in passing in more recent press accounts for supposedly establishing the contest's then-record 17hot dogs consumed; several other people have similarly been credited for records of 13½, 17½, or 18½ hot dogs consumed. The following feats are not known to be documented more fully in press accounts from the time of their occurrence and, as such, may not be credible and ar...

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    ^a the 1974 Labor Day and 1978, 1979, 1980, and 1990 Independence Daycompetitions ended in ties

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    In 2003, ESPN aired the contest for the first time on a tape-delayed basis. Starting in 2004, ESPN began airing the contest live. From 2005 to 2017, Paul Page was ESPN's play-by-play announcer for the event, accompanied by color commentator Richard Shea. In 2011, the women's competition was carried live on ESPN3, followed by the men's competition on ESPN. In 2012, ESPN signed an extension to carry the event through 2017.In 2014, ESPN signed an agreement to carry the competition on its network...

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    The Nathan's contest has been featured in these documentaries and TV programs: 1. "A Different Story" (July 4, 1996) – Jeannie Moos covers the contest on CNN 2. "Red, White, and Yellow" (1998) 3. "A Hot Dog Program: An All-American, Culinary Cruise Through Hot Dog History" (1999) 4. "Gut Busters" (2002) Made for TV – Discovery Channel 5. "Footlong" (2002) – not the 2003 short film of the same name 6. "The Tsunami – Takeru Kobayashi" (2003) Japanese 7. "Crazy Legs Conti: Zen and the Art of Com...

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    News sources typically use puns in head-lines and copy referring to the contest, such as "'Tsunami' is eating contest's top dog again," "couldn't cut the mustard" (A.P.), "Nathan's King ready, with relish" (Daily News) and "To be frank, Fridge faces a real hot-dog consumer" (ESPN). Reporter Gersh Kuntzman of the New York Post has been covering the event since the early 1990s and has been a judge at the competition since 2000. Darren Rovell, of ESPN, has competed in a qualifier.

    Each contestant has his or her own eating method. Takeru Kobayashipioneered the "Solomon Method" at his first competition in 2001. The Solomon method consists of breaking each hot dog in half, eating the two halves at once, and then eating the bun. "Dunking" is the most prominent method used today. Because buns absorb water, many contestants dunk the buns in water and squeeze them to make them easier to swallow, and slide down the throat more efficiently. Other methods used include the "Carlene Pop," where the competitor jumps up and down while eating, to force the food down to the stomach. "Buns & Roses" is a similar trick, but the eater sways from side to side instead."Juliet-ing" is a cheating method in which players simply throw the hot dog buns over their shoulders. Contestants train and prepare for the event in different ways. Some fast, others prefer liquid-only diets before the event. Takeru Kobayashi meditates, drinks water and eats cabbage, then fasts before the event. Sev...

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  3. Jul 04, 2020 · Competitive eaters Joey Chestnut and Miki Sudo after winning their respective divisions with new world records at the Nathan's Famous Hot Dog Eating Contest on Saturday. Joey Chestnut gobbled down ...

  4. ESPN.com - Page2 - Accusations hurled at hot dog contest. NEW YORK -- On Thursday, competitive eating made a lot of progress in proving that it is indeed a sport. Like the NFL, NHL and NBA, it ...

  5. The National Hot Dog and Sausage Council frequently hosts contests including for National Hot Dog Month in July and National Sausage Month in October. Be sure to like our Facebook page for contest updates and information and enter to win great hot dog and sausage prizes. Prizes in the past have included $250 gift cards, fun NHDSC t-shirts from ...

  6. Jul 05, 2020 · Coney Island in the US has hosted a special socially-distanced version of an annual hot dog eating contest amid the coronavirus pandemic. New records were set in both the men's and women's ...

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