food challenges

Cameron referred me to this CNN article about restaurants that offer food challenges. You know the deal – if you eat it all within the allotted time, it’s free. One of the restaurants they mention is Denny’s Beer Barrel Pub, which I wrote about last July.

If Takeru Kobayashi, hot dog eating champion, ever wanted some free food, I bet he could make short work of many of these challenges. He shattered the record of 28 1/8 hot dogs consumed in 12 minutes by eating 50 hot dogs (and then 50 1/2 the next year).

I wonder if any homeless people have ever tried these challenges as a way to get some food. I mean, if they’re incredibly hungry, they could polish off the enormous meal and get it for free. The main downside of course is that if they weren’t able to finish it, they wouldn’t have the money to cover the bill.

Anyway, check out the size of the ice cream sundae. Just this week a guy ordered it and finished it five days in a row. He was probably training for the Big Texan challenge (which is a 72oz stake, among other things).

News like this certainly doesn’t help the image Americans have of being guilty of gluttony, one of the 7 gummie sins.


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  1. that ice cream is nothing compared to “the bunker hill massacre” 19 scoops of ice cream and all the caramel, chocolate, cherries, whipped cream, and other toppings you want. I tried it but could never do it by myself. It took my friends and I about 30 mins to eat it all. By the end it was mostly soup. It is at some place in new england dont remember the name. It is in Mass somewhere.

    Comment by whaleman on May 10, 2005 @ 7:45 am
  2. What gets me is the guy who downed the 72oz steak in 9.5 minutes. That’s incredible.

    Comment by Cameron on May 10, 2005 @ 12:35 pm

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