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Competitive Eater corn dogs with medalsThe first time I entered an eating contest, I made a little girl cry. She was standing off to the side of the small deck attached to a Taco Joint in Dallas’s tony Lakewood neighborhood, and I was waving the wooden winner’s plaque over my head like an idiot, smears of beans and cheese caked across my face. This was back in 2013, and I’d just won the second annual Fourth of July “Big Kahuna” Taco Eating Contest, at which a handful of us had stood in the midday sun and eaten as many bean-and-cheese tacos as possible in eight minutes. As my friends screamed and laughed, the guy who’d come in second—the defending champ and middle-aged dad who looked more like he’d stepped off…

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