Thursday, March 31, 2005

Binge Eaters To Snap Up Lobsters In Contest

NEW YORK (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – There will be lobster legs cracked, jaws smacking and tummies grumbling when a eating challenge commences in Reno, Nevada, on April 9.

That’s because competitive eaters around the U.S. will converge in the Lake Tahoe area for a Lobster-Eating Challenge sponsored by the International Federation of Competitive Eating.

The binge eating session will include a few of the Top 10 competitive eaters in the world and also a 17-year-old making his professional debut who IFOCE spokesman George Shea says could be the next Takeru Kobayashi – the hot dog eating champion and No. 1-ranked eater in the world.

Shea says some pie-hole stuffers will try to get a pincher up on the competition by chewing large wads of gum and gobbling frozen Tootsie rolls beforehand to strengthen their jaws.

He expects it will take 12 minutes for nearly 10 pounds of the crustacean – about 38 lobsters – to be snapped up by the winner, who will earn the right to battle other crabby eaters Aug. 13 in the World Lobster-Eating Championship.

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