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Thrillist has an interview with Matt Stonie and Dr. Connor O'Brien of Stanford about the best strategies for finishing eating challenges.
Smithsonian Magazine has a report on the Naga King Chili Pepper eating contest held in Kisama, India which includes information about the science of spicy food. also has an article about spicy food competitions.
Erik Denmark is interviewed in Gulp: Adventures on the Alimentary Canal, a new book by Mary Roach. Other people mentioned in the competitive eating section of the book include Tim Janus, Takeru Kobayashi and Ben Monson.
The Google Lunar X Prize team will live stream a moon pie eating contest today at 11 am Pacific / 2 pm eastern at The award will pay $30 million to the first privately funded team to send a robot to the moon.
Smithsonian Magazine has a blog entry about the Scoville Scale used to rank the spiciness of food.
Jon "Super" Squibb will compete against a pig in a corn eating contest for an upcoming episode of Animal Science.
One copy of the article about the Wing Bowl by Faye Flam from January still lists Ed "Cookie" Jarvis as the subject of Dr. David Metz' study of competitive eating. Tim Janus was the actual subject (Another copy has been corrected) update Feb 18 has a correction notice.
Yahoo Sports has a video about boxer Manny Pacquiao's nutrition and diet, which consists of 7000-8000 calories a day.
Live Science asks the question "Can Eating Too Much Spicy Food Kill You?" (via NY Daily News)
A Huffington Post blog entry asks the question, "Are Competitive Speed Eaters Like Pythons?"
Some ESPN Nathan's links:
Matt Cohen will appear on tonight's episode of Car Science on Speed TV at 10 pm eastern, which will have a segment about eating while driving.
The New York Times science section has an article about how humans enjoy eating spicy peppers.
The black widow spider is not the only suitable mascot for a female competitive eater. Etoxin states that the female angler fish can eat a meal twice her size in one bite. This would be equivalent to a 120 pound woman eating a 240 pound burger.

“Humanly Impossible” competitive eating clip

The segment from last night’s episode of Humanly Impossible featuring competitive eaters “Furious” Pete Czerwinski and Will Millender (called Willie) has been captured and uploaded. Dr. David Metz, who has appeared in previous programs about competitive eating, provides commentary.

HumanlyImpossible.wmv 9 minutes, 10.4 MB

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“Humanly Impossible” press release

Will Millender’s twitter has a link to a press release promoting the December 6 episodes of Humanly Impossible on the National Geographic Channel. The paragraph about competitive eaters follows:

Pete Czerwinski and Will Millender are speed eaters who can down more than 20 hamburgers in five minutes. These elite competitors are capable of eating up to three times the amount of food that someone with a normal stomach could handle. Using a real-time X-ray device, Humanly Impossible takes a look inside their bodies to uncover the secrets behind their gastrointestinal prowess.

Will Millender says
he has another possible upcoming appearance on network TV.

Comments (5) Humanly Impossible will be televised on the National Geographic channel on December 6. The program will have a segment with competitive eaters Will Millender and "Furious" Pete Czerwinski.
(from Will Millender's twitter) "Furious" Pete Czerwinski and Will Millender will appear in a program on the National Geographic network on December 7.
(via The Science of Speed Eating which was televised in 2007 on the National Geographic Network is available on hulu. Sonya Thomas, Tim Janus and Loren "Bubba" Yarbrough were the featured eaters.

Apollo 11 & oatmeal eating contest

According to The First Men in the Moon, the winner of an oatmeal eating contest (John Coyle from Ireland w/23 bowl in 10 minutes) was one of the earthside news items relayed to the crew of Apollo 11. Michael Collins responded that he would like to enter Buzz Aldrin in the next oatmeal eating contest (via


(from email) A promo video from Science Impossible which briefly shows "Furious' Pete Czerwinski and Will Millender (around the 45 second mark) is available.
Eagle's Deli in Boston will hold a 3 pound burger eating contest tomorrow to promote The Museum of Science new Black Holes exhibit. The winner will receive naming rights.

Competitive Eating clip from “Time Warp”

Here is the link for a video clip of the competitive eating segment on last night’s episode of Time Warp. Elizabeth Canady ate 4 large pizzas while being examined, then had a rib eating contest against “Furious” Pete Czerwinski. The hands free hot dog contest available in a clip on the program’s website was not televised.

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Some video captures from the segment are available after the jump:

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"Furious" Pete Czerwinski's appearance on the Discovery Channel show Time Warp might be televised today. Tonight's episode is titled Goop, Goo, Glop and Germs and the subjects are bathrooms, water drops, germs, and food.

Furious Pete to do the “Time Warp” tomorrow

“Furious” Pete Czerwinski announces that his appearance on Time Warp will be televised tomorrow on the Discovery Channel. A slow motion video clip of Pete competing in a hands-free hot dog eating contest against a dog is available on the program’s website.

Furious Pete will also appear in the Canada vs. USA Philthy McNasty burger contest on the Canadian channel TV Tropolis on Friday. His next television program will be a tour of German restaurants.

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