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Joey Chestnut Wins 2011 Nathan's Hot Dog Eating Contest

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Mmm…America never tasted so good!

In a tradition now synonymous with the 4th of July, Joey Chestnut took top honors for the 5th time in a row after scarfing down 62 hot dogs at the annual Nathan's Hot Dog Eating Contest.

In the patriotic competition, which began in 1916 after four immigrants faced off on Coney Island to settle an argument about who was the most patriotic, competitors have 10 minutes to eat as many hot dogs as possible.

In order to eat such a large quantity of hot dogs (22,000 calories worth!), participants usually eat the dog and bun separately by soaking the bun in water, then violently shoving it in their mouth.

Hmm…maybe we were just kidding about that tasting good part! LOLz!

For the first time EVER in the contest's 96 years of existence, there was a separate women's division this year. Sonya Thomas, known as the "Black Widow" of competitive eating, downed 40 dogs to take her first Nathan's Hot Dog Eating Contest title.

Congrats on the victory guys! Now it's time to hit the treadmill or play a sport that BURNS calories! Ha!

If you were too busy eating your own hot dogs at holiday BBQ, check out the highlights from the event above!

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