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Why Are the Best Competitive Eaters So Skinny?

ALLISON JOYCE/Reuters/Landov Mostly so they don’t die. In 2011, Sonya “The Black Widow” Thomas won the first-ever Women’s Division of the Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Contest by downing 40 dogs in one sitting. That’s 12,360 calories consumed in 10 minutes … not to mention 800 grams of fat, 1,400 milligrams of cholesterol, and 920 grams of [...]

The Genius Who Invented Brunch

Guy Beringer didn’t set out to invent a new meal. Then he had a few drinks… © Hussenot/SoFood/Corbis The next time you’re enjoying a delightful brunch, be sure to clink your glass to the meal’s inventor, Guy Beringer, and his inspiration: the hangover. The English writer first proposed the idea for the mixed meal in his 1895 essay [...]

Lifetime Achievement Award: Neptune, the Most Persistent Planet

This article originally appeared in our Jan-Feb 2011 issue, “The 2011 Golden Lobe Awards.” Congratulations, Neptune! Astronomers first spotted the outermost planet in 1846, and since then, they’ve been waiting patiently for Neptune to complete its first recorded orbit around the Sun. According to NASA, on July 12, 2011, that wait will be over. After nearly [...]

Four Cheers Five Victor Borge

by Richard Lederer The Comedian of the Keyboard, also known as The Unmelancholy Dane, exited the earthly stage December 23rd, 2000. Victor Borge, the irrepressible musical humorist, didn’t quite make it into the true third millennium, but he lived almost 92 very full years and performed more than a 100 nights a year right up until [...]