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All bets are off.

And completes it.

For the fourth year in a row, the Nathan's Fourth of July contest will be without its original superstar, who'll be attempting a hot dog-eating world record 13 miles away. Read Emily Fleischaker's profile of Takeru Kobayashi and these stories from around the web.

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For the fourth year in a row, the Nathan's 4th of July hot dog-eating contest was without its original superstar thanks to an ongoing, bilious contract dispute. It's hard to prove you're still the champ when you don't have any opponents, and it's hard to plan your future when your golden opportunity implodes in scandal.

Takeru Kobayashi, may be known for hot dogs, but the man loves Twinkies.

Who can Peep throat the most marshmallow treats in 30 seconds? Go to our Facebook and find out! Kobayashi, the world record-smashing competitive eater, attempts to make his mark in the realm of Easter novelty confections. Can he break the previous world record of 7 peeps in 30 seconds? And why is the dork from BuzzFeed dressed like a "sexy" Easter Bunny? Like us on Facebook to see the video and find out!

The most acclaimed competitive eater in the world faced off against the most delicious lunchroom staple today at SXSW. A new world record of 13 sandwiches in one minute was set.

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Something exciting happened on Fourth of July!!! Ex-hot-dog-eating champ Takeru Kobayashi was arrested today after attempting to storm the stage following Joey Chestnut's victory in the 95th annual Nathan's Hot Dog Eating Competition.

These ladies and gentlemen (and bear) are TRUE radical eaters. They will not allow themselves to be confined by quaint, outdated notions such as cutlery, location, or "quantity," when it comes to pursuing their passion. This list showcases the finest moments of the greatest, most inspirational eaters that the world has ever seen.

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