America can be a funny place sometimes. On TV, in newspapers, and on street corners, we rail against the obesity epidemic that is ravaging our nation. Trans fats have become a pariah on the same level (at least to many) as Donald Trump. Whole Foods and other markets of the same ilk have popped up everywhere, appealing to those willing to pay exorbitant prices for kale in an attempt to appear healthier. All the while heart disease is running up the score on every other cause of death in this country, killing over 60,000 more people per year than every form of cancer combined. Most of us agree that something must change. However, for one day a year, we push our anxiety over “healthy living” aside and celebrate gluttony in its purest form: a 10-minute contest over who can suck down the most tubes of scrap pig parts.

This is the 4th of July. And our event is the Nathan’s Famous Hot Dog Eating Contest in Coney Island, N.Y.