By the numbers Hot dog eating contest

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1916: Year International Hot Dog Eating Contest began

12: Minutes contestants have to eat hot dogs and buns

20: Number of contestants in the annual July 4 event

6: Titles, in a row, won by defending champ Takeru Kobayashi

53.75: Number of hot dogs and buns Kobayashi ate in 2006 (world record)

Source: www.nathansfamous.com

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