7 Totally Absurd Food Contests From Around the Globe
Stinging Nettle Contest
We have all been stung by these vicious green plants, and while you can use nettles to make a delicious and healthy soup, you probably don’t want to know what happens when you eat them raw. In Dorset, England, a nettle eating championship is held every year and contestants are challenged to eat as many long stalks as they can in one hour. In 2016, the competition was won by a man who managed to chow down 86 feet of nettles.
Crocodile Egg Contest
In Pattaya, Thailand, an annual crocodile egg eating race is held at a local crocodile farm. The contestants get 10 eggs and the person who eats them the fastest wins the competition. The contestants can get bonus points based on how neatly they can complete the challenge. If they make a mess, points can get taken away from them. The average time for winning this contest is around 4:30 to 5 minutes.
The Elvis Sandwich
You might not have known that Elvis Presley had a favorite peanut butter, banana, and bacon sandwich. Every year, fans of the King gather in Biloxi in Elvis’ home state of Mississippi to pay tribute to him by trying to eat as many PB&B sandwiches as they can. In 2012, a man named Pat Bertoletti won first place when he ate 31 sandwiches in 10 minutes, but he was 5 sandwiches away from matching the world record.