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

Wednesday, May 24, 2006

I scream, you scream, we all scream for details

The IFOCE really needs to work on releasing more detailed information about their eating events. An announcement on their website heralds the upcoming GoldenPalace.net World Ice Cream Eating Championship, but says little more than "an ice cream eating contest will be held in New York City." (I'm paraphrasing, but you get the idea.)

That doesn't really paint a vivid picture in a fan's mind. First of all, who will be competing? What flavor(s) ice cream will be eaten? What's the previous record and will the previous record-holder be in attendance to defend his/her title? And, lastly, where in NYC is it being held? (It's kind of a big place.)

(SIDENOTE: The record is held by the very recently retired Ed "Cookie" Jarvis, who downed one gallon and nine ounces of vanilla ice cream in 12 minutes. On a side rant, lets hope the IFOCE soon standardizes the time limits of these events. The NYC contest is 8 minutes, which will leave us with two ice cream records and whole lot of confusion about who's the greater eater.)

Oh, and what's with the event only being open to the media? Ice cream is as American as apple pie ala mode. It's sold by vendors at baseball games. You can't throw a birthday party -- no matter how old you are -- without a little ice cream to go with your cake. Hell, I personally have five half gallons of it in my freezer at home (only the low fat stuff...gotta save calories for other eating challenges). Bottom line: Who wouldn't want to see people shoveling Rocky Road down their gullets and eating their way through the worst ice cream headache of all time?

In defense of the IFOCE's announcement, it does say that no hot liquids will be allowed (which can supposedly be used to alleviate said ice cream headache) and that cups and spoons will be standardized.

(NOTE: After this was posted the IFOCE announced more details about the event. You can find said announcement here.)

8 Comments:

Anonymous liz said...

Hopefully we'll be able to get to the bottom of all these questions for you. :-)

3:14 PM

 
Anonymous alice said...

I now question all of your thoughts,comments, questions and concerns regarding ice cream.

3:59 PM

 
Blogger Mega Munch said...

Thanks Liz...it's just little stuff, you know. I'm trying to decypher your cryptic "WE'LL get the bottom..." Are you semi-officially working for the IFOCE now? If so, that's awesome! Even if they pay you in subway tokens and leftover hot dogs, that's a sweet gig.

Alice - I think I know what you're referring to, and I stand by my loyalty to generic, store-brand ice cream. The selection is hard to beat.

7:50 AM

 
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For example,to hope the report in more detail...we used to think about eater's official site,UFFO.But it was suddenly closed last Sep...

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