I once was a judge at a hot dog eating contest. The small thin guys always seemed to do the best. The bigger guys  would eat 3 or 4 and start to turn green. I call it mysteries of the mind.

The top-ranked competitive eater in the world and reigning king of the World Bratwurst Eating Championship has defended his title in Cincinnati, washing down 35 brats in 10 minutes.

Joey "Jaws" Chestnut approaches the contest like a sport.

Chestnut, a construction manager in San Jose, Calif., says he prepares by fasting for two to three days before the contest, which took place at Oktoberfest Zinzinnati, North America's largest Oktoberfest.