July 05, 2003

"For an unprecedented third straight year, rail-thin Takeru 'Tsunami' Kobayashi out-gorged the competition Friday in the Nathan's Famous hot dog eating contest, downing 44 1/2 dogs and dominating adversaries three times his size. Celebrity contestant William 'The Refrigerator' Perry was outclassed by the assembled chowhounds. The 410-pound (184-kilogram) former NFL star dropped out of the competition after just five minutes, with only four hot dogs finished."

posted by Luke to other at 10:26 AM - 11 comments

Having several times served as the little guy who destroys the competition in gluttony contests I have to say the look on those 250+pounder faces when you're still going after they've had enough is priceless. 72 chicken wings in one hour, and another time 13 mcdonalds hamburgers. Never again.

posted by Space Coyote at 10:52 AM on July 05, 2003

All I can say, is yay for the little guy. However, there are certain doubts being raised about the methods he might use to achieve these prodigous feats

posted by squealy at 11:00 AM on July 05, 2003

When I was 15 and on a summer-long trip with 30 other mid-teens, I ate three dozen hard boiled eggs for breakfast one morning. Yummy! Still, how this guys could eat so many dogs so fast freaks me out.

posted by billsaysthis at 12:08 PM on July 05, 2003

3 DOZEN hardboiled eggs?! My god, you must've been a joy to be around that night. "Did somebody step on a duck?" ;)

posted by NoMich at 02:17 PM on July 05, 2003

Back in the day, my cousins and I used to terrorize the local buffets at Shoney's amd Quincy's restaurants. Its good that my stomach can no longer handle it, because that type of binging is responsible for the "lasagna gut" I have nowadays! BTW, what was up with William "Refridgerator" Perry only eating FOUR hotdogs?

posted by jasonbondshow at 05:27 PM on July 05, 2003

Perry: What a fecking lightweight! 36 eggs: let's just say it was an entirely carbonaceous affair!

posted by billsaysthis at 06:41 PM on July 05, 2003

What i don't get is why people enter this kind of competition without being anywhere near the level of the winners. It's not as if hot dogs are in short supply globally - this must be one of the easiest sports to test the waters in without suffering massive humiliation at the hands of some pipsqueak like Kobayashi. I love the speculation that the Japanese government had his stomach removed so it goes straight to his small intestines. Utter tripe, of course (pun intended)

posted by Cormac at 08:47 PM on July 05, 2003

As a sometime trencherman I can claim eight Big Macs in one sitting, two whole fried chickens and a 54-ounce porterhouse in 12 minutes, a feat which caused Japanese tourists to take pictures of the steak and me eating it. Top honors go, though, to a fateful night when I downed 24 regular-sized pancakes at IHOP. I had bet a friend I could do 20+, and his whole dorm floor ended up getting in. I lose, I pay everyone's bill. I win, everyone matches my bill. I waited for everyone else to order, declared the menus closed and then got the AYCE flapjacks plus coffee and three glasses of juice. When I finished the 24, they figured out I had run my bill up over $10 with the drinks, so I ended up collecting a ten-spot from about 15 guys. The Atkins diet has since forced me to retire ... unless the right offer came along.

posted by wfrazerjr at 10:25 PM on July 05, 2003

wfrazer, you on Atkins too? How're you doing? I'm down 48 pounds in 10 months. Really like it!

posted by billsaysthis at 10:38 PM on July 05, 2003

I do the Atkins every summer and reliably lose 15 to 20 pounds in eight weeks or so. Come winter, though, bring on the carbs.

posted by vito90 at 02:03 PM on July 06, 2003

Vito, you are a bad boy!

posted by billsaysthis at 07:07 PM on July 06, 2003

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