Fruitcake Failure

Competitive eater Takeru Kobayashi {wiki} has won awards for eating hot dogs, hamburgers, dumplings, bratwurst, lobster rolls, cow brains, and rice balls. But he completely gave up on the world record at a fruitcake eating competition!
With only a 1/2 pound to go at 8 minutes, Kobayashi began crumbling the nutty cake before jamming it into his mouth, a technique that seemed effective.

"Koby! Koby! Koby!" the crowd of about two dozen shouted, as his pace quickened.

By 8 minutes and 35 seconds, Sonya Thomas' 2001 record was still almost a pound out of his reach. In the end, Kobayashi managed to eat 4 pounds and 8 ounces.

"It was very difficult to eat because it was so dense," Kobayashi said through a translator, admitting that he had never eaten the cake before.

The fruitcake record remains at 4 pounds 14 ounces, eaten in ten minutes. The event held Friday raised funds for a food bank in New York City. Link -via Unique Daily

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I love this man. I love it when people go all the way, even, or maybe especially, in the realm of the absurd. And congratulations go out to Sonya "The Black Widow" Thomas, all 90 pounds of her, for keeping her fruitcake title. She's a machine.

And gtron, if you're going to whine about wasted food, you might want to look into some tons upon tons of rotting corn and other crops that sit around in this country because they are overproduced. Honestly, 4 pounds of fruitcake? Perspective fail.

And many of us would consider Takeru a martyr for taking this fruity abomination off our hands. Our slender, judgy, non-wasteful hands.
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Thats pretty interesting I didnt really think that the density of the food made much of a difference. I thought competitive eaters could just shove anything in their stomach...
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