Saturday, November 10, 2007

FOODHYPE: Gluttony As A Spectacle

If you've been watching any ESPN2 lately, you might be wondering why something as patently ridiculous as competitive eating edges out real sports like bowling, darts, and rugby in the contest for airtime. Personally, I think it's because the Yoo-nited States is overflowing (or should I say over-hanging) with fat bastards.

Check out some of these gluttonous exploits from competitions sponsored by the IFOCE (International Federation of Competitive Eating).

My favorite highlights:
  • 6 Pounds of Baked Beans (1 minute, 48 seconds)
  • 1.75 Pounds of Salted Butter (5 minutes)
  • 212 Chicken & Vegetable Gyoza (10 minutes)
  • 1 Gallon of Mayonnaise (8 minutes)
There's not much to add to that, except that the other records are just as impressive... I really hope these peeple have a good cardiologist!

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