The world's competitive hot dog eaters may be able to sock away an amazing amount of wieners, but a new study finds they could stomach a little more. James Smoliga, a physiologist at High Point University in North Carolina, has determined that the hotdog-eating threshold for humans is probably about 83 hot dogs in 10 minutes. That's just nine franks more than the current world record of 75, which Joey Chestnut just set at the Nathan's Famous Hot Dog Eating Contest. Smoliga arrived at that number after examining 39 years of data from the Nathan's contest and writes in his paper, "Hot dog eating competitions suggest that there is stunning plasticity in gut capacity."
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