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A Hot Dog Eating Contest as an ESL Field Trip at Spike’s, Boston

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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Christine Y.

Monday 21st of May 2012

I would throw up after eating three hot dogs. I just don't have the stomach to eat all those hot dogs. I can barely eat two hot dogs, never mind three. I noticed that only men were doing this.


Monday 21st of May 2012

Hah! Good eye. :)

Triston Xie

Monday 30th of January 2012

The hot dogs looks huge. If it was me eating all those hot dogs, I would have been stuffed on the third one. I can't believe Mike finished all of those hot dogs. He had an awesome plan and he should go attend an eating contest.


Thursday 9th of June 2011

Oh goodness. A hot dog contest LOL! Go Mike!

Genesis Lumahan

Monday 18th of April 2011

I'm hungry now. Those hot dogs look delectable! But I don't think I could finish that much in such a short period of time. The pictures look so funny! The hot dog then bun technique seems like it worked well. I think if I was in that contest, I would've hurled after the fourth one!

Kevin Armstrong

Wednesday 5th of January 2011

I think I would throw up if tried any of this. It would be fun untill then though.

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