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Feel The Burn

In response to my recent jalapeño post, eroslane shared an article from Slashfood about amateurs versus the pros in jalapeño eating contest. The winner ate 247 jalapeños! Even eating 50, like the so-called amateurs, makes me quiver with fear.

"There's nothing like putting yourself through a lot of pain for no reason."

Truer words were never spoken - especially not if you're an amateur about to enter a Jalapeño-eating contest sponsored by the International Federation of Competitive eating, pitting yourself against professional gurgitators. The contest was held on Sunday at the State Fair of Texas and included 6 amateurs against pros Rich LeFevre, Sonya Thomas, Pat Bertoletti and Erik Denmark. Jalapeños are a particularly difficult food to eat because, although they are small, they can be quite painful. Some eaters reported a loss of feeling in their faces and a general dizziness, in addition to sickness, after the competition was over. The pros used some tricks that they picked up on the circuit, including drinking Pepto Bismol before the competition and using milk, rather than water, to dull the burn of the peppers' oils. Unsurprisingly, the well-prepared pros came out on top:

* First place: Rich "The Locust" LeFevre, 247 jalapeños
* Second: Sonya "The Black Widow" Thomas, 239
* Third: Pat "Deep Dish" Bertoletti, 226

For comparison, the amateurs seemed to average around 50 or so.

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eroslane
Oct. 10th, 2006 11:24 pm (UTC)
You just gotta love that! "Ma! I can't feel my face!!!"

Maybe after I eat 50 jalepenos I can have a cool nickname to, like "The Locust" or "Deep Dish".
silverdee
Oct. 10th, 2006 11:33 pm (UTC)
My nickname would be Fire In The Hole after that many!
eroslane
Oct. 11th, 2006 03:54 am (UTC)
Nah.

We'll nickname you "The Flamethrower"!!!!

:-)
silverdee
Oct. 11th, 2006 10:51 pm (UTC)
Good one!
weelisa
Oct. 11th, 2006 01:54 am (UTC)
Oh, don't you worry, my money was on "The Locust" and I cleaned up big time!

Time to cry into your salsa, "Deep Dish"!

Now I'm trying to figure out the odds for the next Poutine Eating Contest. Pierre "Le Gourmand" Toulouse is looking good...
silverdee
Oct. 11th, 2006 10:53 pm (UTC)
I think it should be a Poutine and Pemmican Eating Contest. They'll need Ex-lax afterwards, though.
(Anonymous)
Oct. 11th, 2006 11:35 pm (UTC)
hola!
Its sad that you guys are very jealous if what she has accomplished in her life, And all you can say for yourselves are: im going places, i working a minimum wage job and im feeling crappy!
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