Social media spent the day reacting to a New York Post article that talked about a study where each hot dog that’s eaten takes 35 minutes off of someone’s life.
The full study talks about a variety of foods that supposedly lose and gain minutes to a human life (FYI, PB&J sandwiches increase a lifespan by 33 minutes) but considering most people only see the headline, and the headline is “Eating 1 hot dog takes 35 minutes off life, study suggests,” a lot of people gravitated toward the hot dogs.
Naturally, the focus reached notorious hot dog eater Joey Chestnut. Chestnut is the most famous competitive eater who is a 14-time Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Contest champion and has the world record for most hot dogs eaten in a 10-minute span (76).
Many people expressed concern for Chestnut since the guy has eaten over a thousand hot dogs over the years. Others pointed out the potential absurdity of the article noting that the 37-year-old Chestnut would’ve died years ago if each hot dog took away 35 minutes of someone’s life. For the record, only counting his Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Contest stats, and assuming this study is correct, Chestnut supposedly lost a little over 24 days of his life.
Has anyone checked on Joey Chestnut? https://t.co/CXAWktYkiW
— Busted Coverage (@bustedcoverage) August 23, 2021
Joey Chestnut is in serious trouble. https://t.co/uifaSerkw7
— Adam Kadavy (@adamk63) August 23, 2021
Pray for Joey Chestnut https://t.co/lytMEzjE3O
— Landon (@lanlarochelle) August 23, 2021
is joey chestnut ok https://t.co/yWCde3cwRo
— Craigory Smith, KXCN⚪️ (@nihilist_bucks) August 23, 2021
Absolutely shaken by what this means for Joey Chestnut. https://t.co/IJ3m7KiKof
— it’s ya host of Jeopardy, Ari (@ari_raid) August 21, 2021
My boy Joey Chestnut need a wellness check https://t.co/8BBck2IHMe
— nick (@Nick_Wolf51) August 23, 2021
— Tom Greer (@ItsMrGreer) August 23, 2021
poor Joey Chestnut https://t.co/hbLRwJqECl
— haley oneill (@haleyoneill18) August 21, 2021
has anyone heard from joey chestnut pic.twitter.com/NnSw02NHdY
— crab rangoon (@idmPasta) August 21, 2021
F’s in the chat for Joey Chestnut. Dudes gotta be taking his last breath any moment now https://t.co/pcy5MBoCk4
— ja (@cheapieja) August 23, 2021
Someone check on Joey Chestnut, please. https://t.co/Gnb2ya3FIV
— kelli (@kelthekid_) August 20, 2021
Study would suggest Joey Chestnut to have died by now. Only adds to his legacy of the greatest athlete of all time. https://t.co/rWtcT89S5s
— Connor Ferguson (@cfchangs9) August 23, 2021
R.I.P Joey Chestnut 1983-1749 https://t.co/rNN2FQBEhX
— Ken McGraw (@KenMcGraw) August 23, 2021