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Tuesday, 2 September 2008

Could You? I Couldn't!

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Could you eat 59 of these in ten minutes? I'm certain that I couldn't, but apparently according to the IHT, a man with the resounding name of Joey Chestnut managed this feat and in doing so won a hot dog contest at Coney Island, New York on 4th July.

The article also reveals that another man won a contest in Ohio, by guzzling 11lb 8oz (5.2kg) of chilli spaghetti - again in ten minutes. The name of the champ is Bob Shoudt; I find it impossible to resist adding that really, he should be "Bob Shouldn't.

As with all competitive sporting events, there is a governing body for eating contests; this is I.F.O.C.E., the International Federation of Competitive Eating. This illustrious organisation has a splendid badge:

Click on the link under the picture and you will enter IFOCE's website where you can find lists of records and pictures of the champions. Amongst the latter I was especially interested to find 40-year-old Sonya Thomas:

Sonya weighs 105lbs - 7 stone 7lbs or 47.6kg, remarkable when one considers some of her achievements:

  • Cheesecake: 11 pounds Downtown Atlantic Cheesecake / 9 minutes/ Sept. 26, 2004

  • Chicken Nuggets: 80 Chicken Nuggets / 5 Minutes

  • Chili Cheese Fries: 8 lbs, 2 oz Wienerschnitzel Chili Cheese Fries at the Queen Mary / 10 minutes/February 11, 2006

  • Crab Cakes: 46 Phillips Crab Cakes/Baltimore Waterfront Festival / 10 Minutes/ April 29, 2006

  • Deep-Fried Okra: 9.75 lbs Deep Fried Okra/GoldenPalace.net at the Oklahoma State Fair / 10 Minutes/Sept. 16, 2006

  • Eggs: 65 Hard Boiled Eggs / 6 minutes, 40 seconds

For my European readers 1kg = 2.2lbs; how about 5kg of Cheescake in nine minutes - and those eggs!! The short biography of Sonya tells us that she is single - perhaps's it's "comfort-eating" - but after 65 hard boiled eggs, I have to say that her spinster status comes as no surprise to me.

Turning to the records section, I was very impressed with one Don Lerman, who managed to consume six pounds (2.73kg) of baked beans in one minute 48 seconds.

I expect he's single too...

Until the next time

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