March 26, 2008

Pawtucket Man Breaks Long-Standing Record

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03/26/2019 Providence, R.I. — Frank Towles, Pawtucket native, broke the long-standing world hot dog eating record at Jules’ Frankfurter Emporium in Tiverton, R.I. According to Emporium owner Jules Linton, Towles devoured 63 hot dogs in 12 minutes. He broke the 12-year old record previously held by the late Joey Chestnut of San Jose, Calif. While Towles is proud to hold the title of World Champ, he says he wasn’t aware he was in the running.

“I was on my way back from the beach and I hadn’t eaten all morning. I saw this stand in Tiverton and figured it would be a great place to get lunch,” said Towles. “The hot dogs looked small to me, like White Castle burger small, so I order 70 of them.”

According to the Guinness Book of World Records, the hot dog eating champ must eat six-inch hot dogs in a span of 12 minutes. The franks at Jules’ are seven inches.

“I’d like to say I’d never seen anything like it before, but the fact is, people have been getting close to the record for a couple of years now. Sometimes they are trying. Sometimes, they aren’t,” said Mr. Linton.

After Linton heard the order for 70 hot dogs, he kept an eye on Mr. Towles to try to catch history. After exactly 12 minutes, he ran over to Linton ran to Towles and gave him the good news.

“He snuck up behind me,” said Towles, still down-to-earth despite his fame. “He almost made me choke.”

For the feat to be recognized by Guinness, they need documentation. Fortunately for Towles, the monumental accomplishment was completely and clearly caught on the Emporium’s security camera.

“We had to study the video closely for any editing but we determined it was genuine,” stated a Guinness official.

For his part, Mr. Towles said he has no plans on defending his new title at Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Competition this July 4th at Coney Island.

“I don’t like to travel too far. It’s way too tiring.”

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