1916-71 Nathan’s eating contest “history” in “Eat This Book”

Pages 58-61 from “Eat This Book” about the “history” of Nathan’s Famous eating contest can be viewed below (click on pages to enlarge) or by using Google Books. The section treats the 1916 origin story as a historical fact instead of an “urban legend”.

Comments (6)


  1. icky said

    July 3, 2016 @ 8:56 am

    Any alternative evidence of Libnitz-Rudman “national headlines”?

  2. Hum said

    July 3, 2016 @ 9:00 am

    Whether it’s real if not, it’s a fun story

  3. icky said

    July 3, 2016 @ 9:13 am

    Seems that “Stan Libnitz: My Way” purportedly published by Farrar, Straus & Giroux (1949), is made up. No record with FSG, or with Library of Congress. (I also checked other feasible spellings of Libnitz). Similarly ‘Books Out of Print’ does not list it.

  4. anonymous said

    July 3, 2016 @ 10:03 am

    all fiction all bullshit Not a fan of fiction

  5. Anonymous said

    July 3, 2016 @ 4:03 pm

    This is some funny stuff.

  6. Weird said

    July 4, 2016 @ 9:46 am

    If someone else wins today’s woman’s competition, Miki will complain about cheating. She blamed Booker, the nicest most honest guy in competitive eating for cheating, nothing is below her. Seriously, if Michelle wins, I would call in a fed because Miki may call in a bomb threat as she did when her boyfriend used her credit card.

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