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.

[New York Post]

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