"It is possible to die from eating. But I think to be professional means you don't die." (Takeru Kobayashi)

Friday, April 07, 2006

Bogus Booker photo revealed!

Oh, that crazy Eric Booker! Here we see the champ mugging for a few photos at the famous Denny's Beer Barrel Pub in Clearfield, Pennsylvania right before digging into Ye Old 96'er (six pounds of beef with five pounds of toppings). But wait...there's something slightly different about these pictures. Oh yes, the goofy yellow helmet! Seems someone with a fluency in Photoshop thought it would be funny to make Badlands look like he just hopped off the short bus.

And no, he didn't slip the helmet on in between shots. If you look closely, they're the exact same photo. G'head, click on 'em. The identical finger positioning and facial expression are a dead giveaway. Sadly, for the longest time I myself thought the helmet shot was the real picture. It's been making its rounds on the internet in much greater frequency than the sans helmet photo. It's the only one I'd ever seen -- until this morning.

I can see how even those who know Eric Booker could look at the photo on the right and think it was legit. Badlands is known for his larger-than-life personality (at least when he's eating) and he's someone who always seems to make people smile. So, for now, I guess the altered picture -- although it tampers with historical evidence -- is still an accurate reflection of what the mood must have been like on that day in PA.


Blogger Liz said...

What a weird thing for someone to do! Way to get to the bottom of things and set the helmet record straight.

3:29 PM

Blogger Mega Munch said...

Now if only I can get to the bottom of the controversial Kobayashi "two stomachs" theory.

11:18 PM

Anonymous Eric "Badlands" Booker said...

Dear Dave:
I Appreciate your interest in the photo taken of me at Denny's Beer Barrel, and great investigative work on your behalf, but i'm sorry to inform you that The Photo Is REAL. The photo on the left was indeed taken first, then i noticed a football helmet made out of paper mache and plastic with a picture of Mutley on it, and thought it would be cool. so i squeezed into the helmet (Very Tight Squezze) and took the same shot. You're not the first to think it was a photoshop job, but take my word for it, it was a real as it gets!

Stay Hungry & Focused Dave,
-Badlands Booker

1:33 AM

Blogger Mega Munch said...

Wow, thanks for reading and commenting Badlands. I stand corrected. And sorry about the "short bus" comment. Hope to see you in Baltimore later this month at the crabcake contest!

6:15 PM

Anonymous B. J. Potter said...


I think your first assesment was correct. I don't think the previous comment was actually by eric "badlands" booker.


11:51 AM


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