It’s fun to watch Joey Chestnut race to scarf down 72 hot dogs in 10 minutes on the 4th of July, isn’t it? At least the thousands of fans who packed the Coney Island boardwalk and over 1 million television viewers think so. To a person, weren’t we all thinking, isn’t that dangerous? Contest promoters may have been thinking, can we do something like this? Just remember, fools rush in where angels fear to tread.
Very, very unfortunately, people die or get seriously injured from dangerous activity encouraged by skill contests. Just this year a student at Sacred Heart University died a few days after participating in a charity pie eating contest and days later a man died during a donut eating contest. And the list goes on. (more…)