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Molly Schuyler turned 40 today and ate a 7 pound cake from Sam's CLub to celebrate. Japanese competitive eater Hatsuyo Sugawara posted a tribute drawing.
A cartoon book titled "Hot Dog Eating Champ" by "Jimmie Chestbump" is availalble for purchase on Amazon.
Dang BBQ in Islip, NY will hold a wing eating contest tonight awarding tickets to WWE Monday Night Raw at Nassau Coliseum on November 4.
Sports Illustrated has a blog entry about Kansas City Chiefs coach Andy Reid completing a 40 ounce steak challenge in 19 minutes at Prime Quarter in Green Bay, WI in 1992. The post is based on a longer ESPN profile.
Friday was the 10th anniversary of the final Krystal Square Off in which Joey Chestnut was defeated by Takeru Kobayashi in what would be his final MLE contest in the USA. The $50,000 purse remains the highest cash payout for an American eating competition.
Student Pocket Guide has an interview with Leah Shutkever, who would like to be the host of a "Woman vs Food" show.
WFMZ.com has an article about "Gluttony Night" held at yesterday's Reading Fightin Phils game where Bob Shoudt attempted to break a record.
Men's Health has an article about Yasir Salem which reports he retired from competitive eating in 2018.
The Frosty Frog Cafe in Hilton Head island, SC will hold men's and women's hot dog eating contests on July 4. Both divisions will award $350/$150/$50.
A video of Molly Schuyler's victory in a Highway 55 burger eating contest has been viewed more than 10 million times in less than 48 hours on Viral TRND according to Facebook statistics. (via 970WFLA) update April 1 Daily Mail has an article about the video
Registration will open April 2 for a MLE canteen sandwich eating contest in Ottumwa, Iowa on June 2. KTVO reports that ESPN will cover the contest.
Tucson.com has an article about Randy Santel defeating the Navy Seal challenge burger at the Trident Grill in Tucson, AZ. After a win in New Mexico earlier in his southwest USA tour, he now has restaurant challenge victories in 48 states.
Joey Chestnut and Tim "Eater X" Janus, competing as Team Chomp, managed to avoid finishing in last place in yesterday's debut episode of the 30th season of The Amazing Race and will appear in week 2. The most daunting challenge of the episode was traversing a gorge in Iceland using a zipline. Teams also had to imbibe Icelandic alcohol; Team Chomp's drinking did not appear in the episode. This is not the first reality TV show, the duo appeared in. In a 2010 episode of Shaq vs. Joey Chestnut faced off in a hot dog eating contest against the NBA great after he was coached by Tim Janus (via 2 paragraphs)
Darron Breeden has uploaded a video of his attempt with Dan Kennedy at the 25 pound Belly Buster burger at Denny's Beer Barrel Pub in Clearfield, PA.
It appears Steve Spini won the first prize of $750 in yesterday's bratwurst eating contest at Bierhaus in Manhattan while wearing a Spiderman mask. (video)
Slider, a novel by Pete Hautman about a teenage competitive eater intended for middle grade readers, was released earlier this week.
A Taste of Hamburg-er will hold a burger eating contest for professionals on September 2 in Hamburg, PA awarding $750/$500/$250/$125/$75. A contest for amateur teams of 3 will award $150/$90/
Au.News.Yahoo.com has a video about Randy Santel finishing the 3kg burger at Burger Block in Kew, VIC, Australia in 17:38. The Herald Sun wrote an article about the attempt (access through Google News to bypass paywall)
The 2017 men's Nathan's finals will be shown live on ESPN2 at noon Eastern and rerun at 4pm, 7pm and 10pm. Last year, that channel showed Wimbledon and the 2016 men's finals were not televised live on any channel. For the 7th straight year, the women's finals will not be televised live on any channel. (From 11am - noon Eastern this year, ESPN Classic will show the 2016 men's contest). Presumbably the 2017 women's contest will be streamed live on ESPN3, but it has yet to be added to the schedule.

Non Fatal Competitive Eating Health Incidents

A list of some incidents at eating contests and challenges that did not result in fatalities follows. Philly.com, The New York Post, CTPost and Eater.com all have articles about the dangers of competitive eating

2017 Former Austalian soccer star Brendan Favola stopped breathing after attempting an on-radio hot sauce challenge. Paramedics were able to treat his condition.
2016 The Journal of Emergency Medicine has an account of a injury produced by a ghost pepper eating contest that resulted in a 1 inch esophagus tear and a 23 day hospital stay. (via SMH)
2016 Rugby player Sam Burgess of the South Sydney Rabbitohs successfully applied the Heimlich maneuver after an employee of Decosti Seafood started choking in a fish eye eating contest held at the Sydney Fish Markets
2014 Brian “Dud Light” Dudzinski was hospitalized for brain swelling after a water training session went bad. Fortunately no significant permanent damage appears to have occured. He has continued to do water training, recently posting a 2 gallon chugging video.
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AMNY has an article about the Nathan's finals preparations for Matt Stonie and Joey Chestnut, who says he has lost 25 pounds since January.
Mental Floss has a list of 17 competitive eating secrets from Yasir Salem.
Taco in a Bag announces that Takeru Kobayashi, Molly Schuyler, LA Beast and Bob Shoudt will pay a visit to their Chicago location early next week. It is not clear if Kobayashi will attempt the Taco Trough challenge.
A Dorito Locos Taco Throwdown will be held today. Anyone who wants to participate can attempt to eat as many Doritos Locos tacos at Taco Bell in an hour and then post his or her results. There will be an official meetup in Los Angeles. (via Will Millender)
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