Did you ever see the movie Cool Hand Luke? It's one of my favorite movies. In one part of the movie, Luke bets with his fellow prisoners that he can eat 50 hard boiled eggs in an hour. Whenever I hear about eating contests, I always think about Luke eating eggs.
I often read about eating contests in Japan. Just the other day I read about a 28 year old man who died after participating in an onigiri (rice ball) speed eating contest in Hikone City in Shiga Prefecture on November 13th after a number of rice balls became lodged in his throat. He was given medical attention, but died in the hospital three days later.
Iwate Prefecture hosts soba noodle eating contests. These soba noodles are served in small bowls in a tradition that began 400 years ago. People eat hundreds of these small bowls of noodles! I like soba noodles, but one regular bowl is all I can eat.
Have you ever been in an eating contest? What and how much did you eat?