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Old 10-15-2004, 10:26 AM   #1
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Zen and the art of competitive eating

Wow. Has anyone seen this documentary? It's about a guy called Crazy Legs Conti who has a number of odd jobs and has worshipped a variety of "competitive eaters" since childhood. He decides to get into the "sport". He becomes the oyster eating champion, and later downs three sticks of butter in a row (BLAH!!!!) and it finishes off showing him eating 20 hot dogs in 12 minutes at the Coney Island eating contest.

On one hand, I can't imagine anything more disgusting than stuffing yourself to oblivion when so many do without food. It's really shameful. How they could call this a sport is beyond me.

On the other hand, I LOVE eating and maybe I would make a great competitive eater. But maybe it wold turn me off eating. I don't want to have to eat to the point of being sick, or be timed and have to stuff everything in my face and make a huge mess. Also, who would want to eat 14 dozen oysters? They have such odd foods. Oysters, matzo balls, chicken wings (which are so fiddly I can't imagine how you could eat them quickly), hot dogs, why don't they have really great foods like ice cream, chocolate and buttered popcorn? Oh well....

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Old 10-15-2004, 11:09 AM   #2
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Oh, Jess, how did I know it was you who started this thread?

I watched something on the food network about those hot dog eating contests, and it's so hilarious to me that the winner is always some stick thin asian guy! I agree, though, those contests generally make me want to .

There was a cannoli eating one in Little Italy when I was in New York. I think I might have been able to manage that one!

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Yes April, who ELSE would start this thread?

I always thought you could kick that tiny, hot dog eating Japanese girl's butt Jess

But yeah, it is a little disgusting
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Nah, I like that stripper idea better than this one...
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and all the people that are starving in the world
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you know what was really funny about that show was the winner of the hot dog contest was really skinny

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