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He Raced to Eat a Massive Doughnut, and It Killed Him

Travis Malouff reportedly tried to eat giant sweet in less than 80 seconds in Denver

(Newser) - Competitive eating has taken another awful turn, this time in Colorado. Last week a Connecticut college student whose dad died on 9/11 apparently choked to death during a pancake-eating contest , and early Sunday, a 42-year-old man suffered the same fate while scarfing down a giant doughnut, KUSA reports. Witnesses say... More »

Dudes Devour 40-Pound Goat to Break Cubs' Curse

Competitive eater and pals hope 'disgusting' meal gets Cubs to playoffs

(Newser) - The Cubs beat the Brewers 4-0 last night , gaining ground toward a wild-card spot in the National League playoffs, and if Chicago wins tonight, they may have a goat to thank. For 69 years, 11 months, and 17 days, the MLB team has labored under "The Billy Goat Curse,... More »

World Bacon-Eating Record Has Been Broken

182 slices in 5 minutes is nothing to sneeze at

(Newser) - "I aimed to eat 150 slices, but when I … got to 182 slices, I knew it must be because I'm fueled by bacon!" Words of victory to WXIA from 22-year-old Matt Stonie, who consumed 182 slices of bacon in five minutes at the Daytona 500 on... More »

Man Chokes to Death in Hot Dog-Eating Contest

Holiday fun over Fourth of July weekend turned tragic in South Dakota

(Newser) - Competitive eating contests were in full force over the July 4th weekend—chow-down champion Joey Chestnut even got engaged before one of his recurring food feats. But there was a tragic ending for one participant in a South Dakota competition: Walter Eagle Tail choked to death last Thursday during a... More »

Joey Chestnut Wins Hot Dog Contest, Fiancee

He didn't set a record, but he did score a future wife

(Newser) - What Joey Chestnut went into today hoping: That he'd be able to scarf down a record 70 hot dogs in 10 minutes, and that Neslie Ricasa would say yes. Though the seven-time champ did manage to notch win No. 8 at the annual Nathan's Famous Fourth of July... More »

New Wing-Eating Champion Is a 115-Pound Woman

Miki Sudo wins US Professional Wing Eating Champs with 178 wings

(Newser) - Female competitive eaters took first, second, and third place at the this year's US Professional Wing Eating Championship yesterday, consuming a total of 500 chicken wings between them, reports Buffalo News . Taking home the title was Miki Sudo, 28, who downed 178 wings in 12 minutes. She was followed... More »

Joey Chestnut Wins Sixth Title

That ties him with Kobayashi for most wins

(Newser) - In a result absolutely everyone saw coming, Joey "Jaws" Chestnut won his sixth straight Nathan's Famous Fourth of July International Hot Dog Eating Contest today, tying his own record by gulping down 68 hot dogs and buns. That ties him with Kobayashi for the most wins of all-time,... More »

'Black Widow' Repeats as Women's Hot Dog Champ

She eats record 45 dogs

(Newser) - Sonya "The Black Widow" Thomas devoured a record 45 hot dogs to win her second straight championship in the women's half of the Nathan's Famous Fourth of July International Hot Dog Eating Contest today, CNN reports. The total beats Thomas' previous record of 41 dogs. "My... More »

Pro Eaters' Stomachs Work Differently

Researcher scans digestive tracts in action

(Newser) - Competitive eaters aren't just good at stuffing their faces: Their digestive systems actually function differently from everyone else's. A researcher at the University of Pennsylvania compared the eating habits of a leading competitive eater and a man who weighed 45 pounds more than the champion did. He scanned... More »

New Record: Kobayashi Scarfs 337 Chicken Wings

In just half an hour

(Newser) - Competitive eating legend Takeru Kobayashi wolfed down 337 chicken wings in half an hour today in Philadelphia, shattering the previous record of 255, set just last year. Some 20,000 spectators turned up for Wing Bowl XX, and Kobayashi took home a $20,000 cash prize, the AP reports. It... More »

Kobayashi Didn't Really Set Hot Dog Record

Video shows his scorekeeper lost count

(Newser) - By now, you’ve probably heard that outcast eating champ Takeru Kobayashi gobbled down 69 hot dogs on a Manhattan rooftop in a renegade contest while the Nathan's Famous Hot Dog Eating Contest was happening nearby—which would have been good for a world record if he had been... More »

Joey Chestnut Eats 62 Hot Dogs, Wins Again

Sonya Thomas, meanwhile, wins first women's competition

(Newser) - Joey Chestnut is still the top dog in the world of competitive hot dog devouring. This year’s Nathan’s Famous Hot Dog Eating Contest was close for only the first few minutes, before “Jaws” ran away with it, scarfing down 62 hot dogs, ESPN reports. Takeru Kobayashi was... More »

Enough With the Competitive Eating

It's time to push back from the table

(Newser) - Far from the pie-eating contests of yore, competitive eating like the Nathan's hot dog-eating contest is "an orgy of brown drool, flying debris, and masticated mush," writes William Saletan for Slate. Now "an industry with stars, managers, corporate sponsors, international marketing, and a pro league," it... More »

Kobayashi Arrested After Chestnut Wins Hot Dog Contest

Joey Chestnut repeats as Nathan's champion

(Newser) - Joey Chestnut won the Nathan's Famous hot dog eating contest today at Coney Island but had to share the spotlight with archrival Takeru Kobayashi, who did not compete and was arrested for trespassing at the end of the event, reports the New York Post . Chestnut gobbled "only" 54 dogs... More »

Hot Dog Champ May Skip Nathan's Chow Down

'Tiger Woods of eating' can't swallow contract

(Newser) - Six-time champion Takeru Kobayashi is unlikely to be chowing down with the world's best at this year's Nathan's hot dog-eating contest. Major League Eating president says contract negotiations with the 128-pound Japanese eating machine are "at an impasse," although he hinted that Kobayashi may be ducking out after... More »

Size Zero Mom Trounces Big Boys in Eating Competition

Juliet Lee swears she never practices

(Newser) - Juliet Lee only eats one meal a day—but sometimes it’s a really big meal. The 44-year-old, who weights in at 100 pounds, is the 11th ranked competitive eater in the world, but she swears she never practices. The talent comes entirely from her one-meal-a-day habit. “It’s... More »

Elephants Humble Humans in Eating Contest

One light lunch for the pachyderms equals one crushing defeat for mankind

(Newser) - The fastest eaters mankind could muster were no match for the competition yesterday as Coney Island held its first-ever eating competition between people and pachyderms, NY1 reports. The trio of elephants comfortably munched a combined total of 505 hot dog buns in 6 minutes, while the three humans sweated and... More »

First-Timer Chomps His Way to Wing Bowl Glory

Super Squibb flies away with prize after munching 203 chicken wingss

(Newser) - Skinny first-timer Jonathan "Super Squibb" Squibb polished off 203 chicken wings and some heavyweight competition to win the 17th Wing Bowl yesterday, reports the Philadelphia Inquirer. Squibb, who beat favorites like 500-pound "Damaging Doug" Canavin, will take home a brand new Mini Cooper and crown of miniature chickens.... More »

Hot Dog! Duo Shoots for Title Tomorrow

With Kobayashi's power waning, East Village pair eyes Nathan's prize

(Newser) - With Takeru Kobayashi’s hot-dog hegemony in doubt at tomorrow's Coney Island throwdown, the Village Voice accompanies a pair of contenders as they train for the event. Roommates Crazy Legs Conti and Tim Janus hit an all-you-can-eat sushi bar in preparation for Nathan's July 4th institution, the 10-minute contest described... More »

How Do They Do It? It's Not Pretty

Want a permanently elastic, balloon-like stomach? Try competitive eating

(Newser) - For every time you watched a scrawny guy chow dozens of hot dogs in 12 minutes and wondered where, exactly, he puts it, scientists may have your answer. As compared with us mere mortals, the Wall Street Journal reports, a professional’s stomach appears as a “giant balloon that... More »

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