Get The Pepto, Quick!

Quote of the day from a Reuters article covering an important July 4th event: Competitive Eating:

The two were neck and neck in the final minute until Kobayashi appeared to suffer what the commentator on sports TV channel ESPN euphemistically called a “reversal.”

Yikes. It’s worth noting that the author, Maureen Madden, has never been documented as being seen in the same room with Keyser Söze. However, I found it interesting how she chose to end the article:

The United States has the highest prevalence of obesity among developed countries, at about one-third of the adult population, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. About 60 million adults are obese.

Maureen – If you would like to do a story about obesity in this country, then that’s one thing. But don’t expect anyone to take you seriously after covering an event that consisted of stuffing the largest amount of hot dogs in your gob in the shortest amount of time.

With reversals.

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12 responses to “Get The Pepto, Quick!

  1. Melissa McEwan

    The United States has the highest prevalence of obesity among developed countries

    Interesting. And what’s Japan’s prevalence of obesity? Just curious, since long-time champ Takeru Kobayashi is Japanese, as in not from the United States. Oh, is that not relevant? Yeah.

    Anyway, this: The two were neck and neck in the final minute until Kobayashi appeared to suffer what the commentator on sports TV channel ESPN euphemistically called a “reversal.”…is hilarious.

  2. Finally our long national nightmare is over… the mustard belt from Nathan’s hot dog is back in the hands of an American.

    Heh 🙂

  3. Paul the Spud

    Can I just say I fucking hate “eating contests?” Some yob shoved sixty-plus hotdogs down his throat, whoopty-shit. I bet I could walk out the front of this building and find sixty-plus people that are hungry and would gladly accept a hotdog. Contest gluttony is newsworthy, but no advertisers want their products next to a story about the poor, homeless or starving. But hey, that skinny Japanese kid sure can pack ’em in, huh? Haw, haw, haw.

  4. Also, and I’m just sayin’, Taikeru Kobayashi is not obese. Neither is Joey Chestnut.

    As a fat guy, I know that all obese people are that way because we commonly eat forty-five hot dogs in a sitting, but — funny — competitive eaters seem to be just normal-sized people who happen to eat a lot of food all at once.

    It’s almost as if competitive eating has nothing whatsoever to do with obesity.

  5. Kate Harding

    I’d comment, but I’ve got to finish 40 more hot dogs in the next few minutes. Otherwise I might get skinny and have nothing to write about.

  6. Kelley

    Is it just me, or does anyone else find it obscene and sickening that people will hold/watch an eating contest (!) when so many people in this country suffer from hunger? Oh, wait, make that “food insecurity.”

    Fuckers.

  7. Paul the Spud

    Not just you, Kelley. 😉

  8. Or to put it another way Spudsy, how many children in Africa died of starvation while this obscenity took place?

  9. Doktor Wankenstein

    I completely agree with Paul — I’ve always wanted to enter one of these things, and instead of cramming down sixty-odd dogs in x-amount of minutes, just have a TWO HOTDOGS at a nice, leisurely pace, sip my drink, wipe my mouth, and leave.

    Just to piss everyone off. 🙂

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  11. Ugh. Every year we have these stories about eating contests, and every year I almost barf. There’s going to be a show on the “science” of competitive eating on National Geographic this Sunday.

    I agree with everyone that it’s SICK that this is a “sport” in this country, when so many human beings are going hungry, probably right down the street from these contests.

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