Hot Dog Champ........again!

Once again, Joey Chestnut is THE hot dog eating champion. But this year? He also set a new world record. At the annual Nathans's 4th of July contest in Brooklyn, Chestnut wolfed down 74 hot dogs and buns in 10 minutes, beating his 72 he ate last year.

And while this the 11th time in the past 12 years that Chestnut has won the contest, he almost didn’t. Apparently, organizers MISSED a whole plate of dogs that Chestnut ate…and had his tally at 64. They got things straight and he was crown champion. Eater Carmen Cincotti [[SIN-cott-ee]] came in second place with 64 dogs and buns.

Over on the ladies’ side, Miki Sudo was the winner. She wolfed down 37 dogs and buns in 10 minutes to beat out 18 other women. The next closest women scarfed down 28 hot dogs and buns. Sudo has now won the competition five years in a row.

Source: USA Today

The LEGAL way to become a citizen!

Hard work pays off as scores of hopeful immigrants are now citizens.

July 4th meant a lot more than a general celebration of America’s independence for 14-thousand immigrants – as they’re waking up today as new citizens of the United States. At ceremonies held National Park properties across the country yesterday, their new status came on the 242nd birthday of our country.

“When oath ceremonies are tied to the Fourth of July, it’s a message that immigrants believe in this country. It’s a beautiful and emotional thing,” Joshua Hoyt, executive director of the National Partnership for New Americans, said. “United nations, from Albania to Yemen, are represented in the ceremonies.”

The naturalization ceremony is the end of a long process that can take years, during which applicants must be able to demonstrate they can read, write and speak English. They must also demonstrate they know and understand the history, principles and form of government of the United States. After taking the oath, all were encouraged to register to vote.

Source: ABC News

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