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A Hot Dog Eating Contest as an ESL Field Trip

Spike's Hotdog rules

1.) The rules of the hot dog-eating challenge at Spike’s!

Pop quiz:

You’re an ESL teacher at an accredited English language school in Boston’s posh Back Bay.

Where do you take your students for the final field trip of Session 8?

Obvious Answer:

First to bowling, then to a hot dog-eating contest, of course!

I’ve written a photo essay about Laos, but what follows is far classier: a photo essay documenting a hot dog-eating challenge!

To be frank (haha!) I think you’ll dig the tale’s shocking twists.

And you’ll have to wonder: would YOU be up for the hot dog challenge???

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2.) Teachers Ed and Dave order 6 dogs each. Laughter!

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3.) Could they beat the reigning champ: 17 dogs?!

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4.) Dave and Ed dig into hot dog #1 with gusto!


5.) Dave begins to see the enormity of the task ahead

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6.) The dogs leer cockily at Ed and Dave. Who would win: Man or Frankfurter?? Who could gulp down more dogs: Dave or Mike?

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7.) Business continues as usual. They’re so used to this!

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8.) SUDDENLY, student Mike enters the race! Could such a petite, mild-mannered man even eat one dog?

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9.) WHOA! Mike has a technique: dog first, buns after!

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10.) Ed pushes onward, scoffing at Mike’s challenge

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11.) But Mike plows forward with laser-like focus

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12.) Ed’s life begins to swirl before his eyes

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13.) Dave starts to hate planet Earth and everything in it


14.) Ed asks “Is there an an anti-hot dog sauce?”

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15.) “YOU BETTER NOT QUIT!” screams Ed to Dave

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16.) Mike reaches his final hot dog!!!!!!!


17.) “NOO!” shreiks Ed in anguish, “How is he doing it?!”

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18.) Mike daintily cuts and swallows dog #6… and WINS!

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19.) “This was the worst idea ever,” sobs Ed.

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20.) The rest of us slurp up the remaining dogs, joyful

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21.) It was a proud day for hot dogs everywhere!

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