If it's the Fourth of July, that means it must be time for the Nathan's Famous famous hot dog eating contest. At least, that's been true since 1916. Read the whole history at Smithsonian magazine's Food & Think blog.
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And of course, you're not going to be satisfied just reading a history of the event, no matter how charmingly told. So the good folks at ESPN have set it up so you can watch the 2012 Nathan's Famous Hot Dog Eating Contest as it unfolds, via live feed, starting at 9 a.m. PDT. The thrills; the spills; the mustard!
It might not seem like the most obvious of product alliances, but Bon Appetit magazine is teaming up with Banana Republic for a line of clothing. Who knows? Maybe they'll come up with a fabric that resists mustard stains? Read about it here.
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Photo: Hot dogs being weighed in preparation for the Nathan's Famous Hot Dog Eating Contest. Credit: Stan Honda / Getty Images