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FILE - Joey Chestnut, defending champion of the Nathan’s Famous Fourth of July hot dog eating contest, left, works to outpace former champion Takeru Kobayashi, right, July 4, 2009, in New York. Chestnut, a 16-time hot dog-eating champion, will face off with his frequent Nathan’s competitor, Kobayashi, in a live Netflix special on Sept. 2, 2024, the streamer announced Wednesday, June 12. (AP Photo/Craig Ruttle, File)

Joey and Takeru to Eat Hot Dogs Fast on TV Show

June 12th, 2024

Two men, Joey Chestnut and Takeru Kobayashi, like to eat hot dogs very fast. Joey has won a hot dog contest 16 times. But this year, he is not in the usual contest on July 4th. So, a TV place called Netflix said, "We will have a show!" On the show, Joey and Takeru will eat hot dogs fast again. It will be on TV on September 2nd. Joey said, "I didn't pick to leave the July 4th contest. But I will eat hot dogs on TV soon!" Takeru said, "I want to beat Joey one more time." People who make the July 4th contest are not happy. They say you can't copy our contest. The mayor of New York City said, "Please let Joey come back on July 4th. We need him!" Netflix wants to have more sports on TV. They will show football on Christmas and wrestling too. They think people will like to see Joey and Takeru eat hot dogs fast.
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💭 Discussion Questions


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. Who likes to eat hot dogs very fast?
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. What day is the usual hot dog contest on?
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. What is Netflix going to show on TV?

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🌐 Cultural context


The article is from the United States. The July 4th hot dog contest is an annual event called Nathan's Hot Dog Eating Contest, held on Independence Day. It is a popular tradition in which contestants eat as many hot dogs as they can.

🧠 Further reading


Competitive eating
People do competitive eating. They eat a lot of food fast. They try to eat more food than others in a few minutes. The one who eats the most wins. They can win money. This sport is big in America, Canada, and Japan. A long time ago, a man named Nicholas Wood was very good at eating lots. He ate a whole sheep and many rabbits and pigeons. Sometimes he ate too much and felt sick. People knew him for this and he did shows. The first pie eating contest was in Toronto in 1878. Albert Piddington won. After that, many people in America and Canada liked pie eating contests. They did this fun thing at fairs. Some people were really good at it, like Joe McCarthy. He ate 31 pies once!

List of Netflix original programming
Netflix is a place on the internet where you can watch movies and shows. They have many kinds of shows that are made by Netflix. They have shows for everyone. You can watch dramas, comedies, shows for kids and families, and cartoons. There are also shows for grown-ups. Some shows are in different languages, like Arabic, French, German, Hindi, and many more. If you don't speak these languages, you can read the words in English at the bottom of the screen. They also have shows that tell true stories and shows where people do things and talk about their lives. Sometimes, Netflix makes extra shows about the shows we like. Netflix helps some shows to have more episodes when other places stop making the show. They also make special shows that are on only one time. They have shows from all around the world. Netflix makes sure you have a lot of shows to watch.

Cultural impact of the Beatles
The Beatles were a famous music group from England. The group had four people: John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, and Ringo Starr. They were very important in music. Many people loved their songs. In 1963, many fans screamed for them. This was called "Beatlemania." They were stars all over the world in 1964. They made music until 1970. The Beatles changed music. They made new ways to make songs. They used different sounds. Their music was very popular. People wanted to be like them. They helped the 1960s feel different. Young people listened to them a lot. Their music was on the radio all the time. They got a special award in 1965. This award was usually not for music people. John Lennon said they were more loved than Jesus. Some people were shocked. The Beatles made albums that were very special. They tried new things in music. Many people copied them. The Beatles helped change fashion and make new styles. People became interested in new things because of them. The Beatles were very important for music and style.