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Competitive Eater Takeru Kobayashi Fails to Break Guinness Fastest Pizza-Eating Record

We saw this story about Takeru Kobayashi's failed attempt to break the Guinness record for fastest pizza-eating, but here's some more perspective on it courtesy of Slice'r Tommy, from New Zealand, home of the current record-holder. —AK Hey, Adam, Greetings from Wellington, New Zealand. You may have caught wind of this story already, but I thought i'd pass it on anyway: http://www.3news.co.nz/Japanese-eater-fails-to-beat-Kiwis-pizza-record/tabid/415/articleID/186429/Default.aspx/ I believe it has been reported in a few U.S. newspapers and websites also.I make pizza for Scopa, the New Zealand restaurant that organised the competition that gave birth to the current Guinness record, and we're pretty happy... More

USA Wins! Joey Chestnut Defeats Kobayashi at Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Contest!

Today in Coney Island, after ten minutes of regulation time, America's defending champion Joey Chestnut and rival Takeru Kobayashi were tied at 59 hotdogs. A five dog eat-off ensued, and Chestnut won! The Mustard Belt remains in America's hands, and Chestnut set a new 10-minute record. Go USA! When asked why he put his body through this year after year, Chestnut replied, "I love to eat, I love the competition. It's the Fourth of July, and you can get away with it on this day, push your body this hard, for something silly like this." As ESPN commentators said, "The passions were raw, but the hot dogs were cooked." Video after the jump.... More

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