Wednesday, November 17, 2004

Something to Bring Us All Together

If nothing else can bring this country, and the world, together, maybe it will be the gastronomic abilities of Takeru Kobayashi, pictured above.

This guy made news this week for eating 69 Krystal Square hamburgers (think sliders) in 8 minutes. What makes him such a hero for all fans of the sport of competitive eating (the International Federation of Competitive Eating certainly believes that speed gluttony qualifies as a sport) is that he now holds the records for hot dogs, cow brains, square hamburgers, and rice balls. (Scoff if you will, but please remember that rhythmic gymnastics is an official Olympic sport.)

Irrespective of any partisan or ideological differences we may have, I think we can all agree that Mr. Kobayashi is a Renaissance man, provided you include the rapid ingestion of cow brains in that determination. If you aspire to the lofty heights of Mr. Kobayashi, CNB wishes to emphasize that the IFOCE will not sanction or promote any events that do not adhere to the highest safety regulations, and the IFOCE is against at-home training of any kind.