Overnight Briefing & General Reality Check - Jul 3, 2013
July 3, 2013
That Nathan's Famous Hot Dog Eating Contest:
This year around 40-thousand fans will hang out around the corner of Surf and Stillwell Avenues in Coney Island to watch the contest which has been going on since 1916, when NATHAN HANDWERKER opened the original restaurant on Coney Island.
The preshow, with trampoline acts, Brooklyn Community Choir, a drum battle, magic acts and rappers, starts at 10:30 am. The women's competition begins at 11:30, the men at 12:30. The edited championship will be broadcast in an ESPN special beginning at 1 pm, (Eastern).
By the way, this is just the sixth year for the women's hot-dog eating contest, which is relatively new.
Editor's note: Don't go there. I know you want to, but don't. It'll be better for all of us. (RB)
Nathan's hot dogs are marketed and sold in over 40-thousand locations worldwide including over 30-thousand retail locations. Last year, Nathan's sold over 425 million beef hot dogs.
Top 5 hot dog-eatin' regions:
5. San Antonio
4. Chicago, IL
2. Los Angeles
1. New York
Top 5 hot dog-eatin' ball parks:
5. Minute Maid Park (Houston) --1,248,000
4. Yankees Stadium --1,365,000
3. Wrigley Field --1,543,500
2. Coors Field (Denver) --1,545,000
1. Dodger Stadium --1,674,400
Top-10 deadliest days for vehicle crashes:
(source: Insurance Institute for Highway Safety)
Interestingly, New Year's Eve isn't even in the top-three days for auto accidents. Although we commonly associate the holiday with drinking, the Fourth of July is the number one day when most car crashes take place, according to the most recent stats, and the day before is number two:
10. Sep 02
9. Jul 02
8. Aug 12
7. Aug 04
6. Aug 06
5. Jan 01
4. Aug 03
3. Dec 23
2. Jul 03
1. July Fourth
Editor's note: BUT --New Year's ranks ABOVE the Fourth in alcohol-related crashes! The IIHS reports alcohol was a primary factor in 41 percent of crash deaths on July Fourth. The only date that surpasses Independence Day for alcohol-related crash deaths is New Year's Day, when alcohol is cited as the main factor in 51 percent of vehicle crashes. However, August is the deadliest month, with four out of ten days where the death rates are in the top-10.
Sucking the life out of the wire services:
MATTHEW PERRY skyrocketed to fame with his work on "Friends," but it was a shock he could perform at all. The gifted actor admitted to People magazine that he had a serious alcohol and pill problem in the 90's and was often "painfully, painfully hung over" on the set. Luckily, he managed to clean up after things got out of control and is dedicated to helping others conquer the deadly disease of addiction. (Lee)
Which style of ladies' shoe do guys hate the most? Here are the results of a new survey by over 21-hundred men, conducted by Coupon-Codes-4-U.com: (Source: Huffington Post)
10. Sneakers, 25 percent
9. Kitten heels, 34 percent
8. Ballet shoes, 37 percent
7. Mary Janes, 42 percent
6. Moccasins, 49 percent
5. Flip flops, 55 percent
4. Platforms, 58 percent
3. Crocs, 63 percent
2. Uggs, 67 percent
1. Wedge shoes, 71 percent (Bartha)
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