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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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"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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The science bloggers steak showdown might be webcast in July.

Fox Sports Science CE episode debuts tonight

A viewer of tonight’s episode of Fox Sports Science reports that a competitive eater (probably “Furious” Pete) ate 20 meatballs in 2 minutes. The episode, titled Busted Guts will be rerun several times over the upcoming week.

update Furious Pete has uploaded a clip from the show.

In more televised competitive meatball eating news, Badlands Bookers twitter reports he recorded a program for Swedish TV and set a meatball record.

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Furious Pete bites through ear on Sport Science

“Furious” Pete Czerwinski’s appearance on Fox Sport Science has been uploaded to youtube. Pete bit through a pig’s ear to determine the amount of force required for Mike Tyson to bite off a piece of Evander Holyfield’s ear.

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Link Buffet: January 19, 2009

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NY Times casts doubts on Diamond Jim Brady’s diet

(From Megamunch email) The New York Times has an article about Gilded Age railroad tycoon “Diamond” Jim Brady’s reported gastronomical feats. A typical dinner for Brady was supposedly “Three dozen oysters (the largest Lynnhavens were saved for him), a dozen crabs, six or seven lobsters, terrapin soup,” and a steak, with a dessert of “a tray full of pastries… and two pounds of bonbons.”

The reporter has difficulty believing that Brady ate like that on an everyday basis and believes that the meals he ate at various times in his life have been fused into a giant daily superfeast. He talks to Dr. Nicholas Belitsos, a Baltimore gastroenterologist who is somewhat less skeptical and claims that a stomach capacity six times greater than average, which Brady reportedly possessed, is a possibility.

The article briefly mentions Brady’s girlfriend, actress Lillian Russell, but does not report that she was about as legendary a trencherperson as Brady was. Oscar Tschirky, creator of the Waldorf salad, served the couple on several occasions and recollected that Russell was the bigger eater of the pair. She reportedly once won a diamond ring from her boyfriend by defeating him in an eating contest after removing her corset.


Link Buffet: December 3, 2008

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Top 10 eaters in the animal kingdon has a list of the ten species with the biggest appetites compiled by the Animal Planet television network. The number 7 animal in the list, the Tasmanian devil, has the following caption:

Good thing the Tasmanian devil can’t compete in the annual Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Contest every Fourth of July; Joey Chestnut and Kobayashi couldn’t hold a candle to this creature’s pace. The Australian outback native can swallow up to 40 percent of its body weight in just 30 minutes — that’s the equivalent of a human eating 216 hamburgers in the same amount of time! The Tasmanian devil will actually eat to the point that it can barely waddle around, and is particularly fond of anything that smells like flesh. So if you’ve got some old boots or smelly socks, pass them to your left, along with the salt and pepper.

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“Furious” Pete to appear on FSN’s “Sport Science”

In a forum thread on, “Furious” Pete Czerwinski reports that he is going to Los Angeles today to record a competitive eating themed episode of “Sport Science” which appears on the Fox Sports Network. This is the second competitive eating program announced for Fox Sports; the Krystal Square Off finals will be televised on Fox Sports South.

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Appetite boosting hormone discovered

The New Scientist has an article about a study conducted by a research team led by Alain Dagher at McGill University in Montreal about the effects of the hormone ghrelin:

Made in the stomach, ghrelin levels rise when people are hungry and wane after a meal. People who get injections of the hormone gorge themselves, while those suffering from a rare disease that keeps ghrelin levels unusually high tend to be obese overeaters.

“I think it’s the most powerful appetite stimulant that has ever been found,” Dagher says.

The article says that drugs that block ghrelin are in the under development at pharmaceutical companies.

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Chewing machine competes in apple eating contest

The blog for Discover magazine has an entry about an artificial mouth which is the subject of an article in an upcoming issue of the American Chemical Society’s Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry.

The chewing simulator—which was maintained at 98.6 °F, sported artificial teeth, and included artificial saliva and helium flow “to reproduce the breathing phenomena”—went up against actual human mouths in a Golden Delicious apple-eating contest. These human mouths chewed apple pieces “as naturally as possible” before spitting out the chewed up mass when they would have otherwise swallowed. The resulting mush was tested for texture, color, and volatile compound release, parameters which the group will soon use to optimize the device for aroma release.


Science of Speed Eating rerun tomorrow

The “Science of Speed Eating” will be rerun on the National Geographic Channel tomorrow (March 7) at 3pm eastern.

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Theories about Gal Sone

Ameba.JP has an article about possible explanations why “Gal” Sone does not gain weight when she eats so much: (automatically translated)

The body of a person eating a single keyword explain this “portal” it said. Voracious eater, a food-filled stomach too long, narrow portal pressure has been heard. In other words, they can not transport nutrients, and the blame will no longer be absorbed by the idea of the theory. Results of the escape-not fat.


Popular Science on Ken Domon’s drinking feat

The blog for Popular Science magazine has an entry analyzing Ken Domon drinking the contents of a plastic bottle in less than five seconds on Food Battle Club. The blog believes he would not have been able to repeat the stunt using a glass bottle:

The plastic bottle is critical. If he were just holding it upside down, gravity would be doing most of the work, and that’s just not fast enough. Instead, he squeezes the plastic bottle, forcing half the water out. Next, he wisely pauses for a moment there in the middle of his chug, allowing air to creep up through the water and into the space between the new, lower water level and the interior bottom of the bottle.

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Competitive eating paper in medical journal

David Metz, who examined Tim “Eater X” Janus on “The Science of Speed Eating”, has published a paper with three other researchers called “Competitive Speed Eating: Truth and Consequences” in the American Journal of Roentgenology. Access to the paper requires payment of $10, but an abstract is available which concludes:

Our observations suggest that successful speed eaters expand the stomach to form an enormous flaccid sac capable of accommodating huge amounts of food. We speculate that professional speed eaters eventually may develop morbid obesity, profound gastroparesis, intractable nausea and vomiting, and even the need for a gastrectomy. Despite its growing popularity, competitive speed eating is a potentially self-destructive form of behavior.

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Gal Sone & Shirota science show subtitled

A subtitled program in which Nobuyuki “the Giant” Shirota and Natsuko “Gal” Sone receive a medical examination to determine what gives them their eating ability can be seen at

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Reminder – Science of Speed eating replay today

“Science of Speed Eating” rerun Sunday

(From Jeff Chapman) “The Science of Speed Eating” documentary will be rerun on Sunday on the National Geographic Channel at 2pm eastern.

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Science of Speed Eating teleblog

A teleblog of the “Science of Speed Eating” documentary is available after the jump.
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Tim Janus appearance on the Today Show

(from Paul Barlow) Video of Tim Janus on the Today Show this morning to promote Sunday’s “Science of Speed Eating” documentary on the National Geographic channel is available. Tim did a one minute donut eating exhibition during his appearance.

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Article on “Science of Speed Eating” has an article about Sunday’s “Science of Speed Eating” documentary.

The second half of the show follows gastroenterologist Dr. David Metz as he tries to figure out if there’s anything qualitatively different about how competitive eaters digest. To this end, Janus eats 36 hot dogs and radioactive scrambled eggs with a sidecar of barium smoothie.

The conclusion? Competitive eaters seem to relax their muscles in such a way that postpones peristalsis (waves of muscular contraction in the stomach that break down food into smaller pieces). Their stomachs become, as Dr. Metz notes, “giant flaccid bags,” four times their normal size. Their stomachs remain inert, their brains don’t experience satiation, and the eating machines keep eating.

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