11 Record-Breaking Food Feats: Eating Challenges (Slideshow)

These world records are nothing short of outrageous
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Peeling a boiled egg can often present a challenge in itself. On March 23, 2012, Ashrita Furman took down six, with an average of 10 seconds to peel and eat each boiled egg.

11) Most Boiled Eggs Peeled and Eaten in a Minute

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Peeling a boiled egg can often present a challenge in itself. On March 23, 2012, Ashrita Furman took down six, with an average of 10 seconds to peel and eat each boiled egg.

10) Most Grapes Eaten in Three Minutes

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Ashrita Furman popped 186 grapes into his mouth over the course of three minutes, averaging 62 a minute. The feat was accomplished in New York on May 31, 2011.

9) Most Jalapeños Eaten in One Minute

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Alfredo Hernandes proved his stomach is flame-retardant as he ate 16 jalapeños in 60 seconds. He accomplished the feat in Chicago on Sept. 17, 2006.

8) Most Meatballs Eaten in One Minute

Takeru Kobayashi ate 29 of the famous IKEA meatballs while setting this record in at the furniture shop’s Brooklyn, N.Y., location on March 8, 2010. No word on Kobayashi’s take on horse meat being used as a filler.

7) Most Chicken Nuggets Eaten in Three Minutes

Christian Williams apparently has quite an appetite for a classic American standby, the chicken nugget. On Aug. 25, 2012, he downed more than a pound of them (17.4 ounces) in three minutes in San Leandro, Calif.

6) Most Hamburgers Eaten in Three Minutes

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Well-recognized eating champion Takeru Kobayashi took down 10 hamburgers in three minutes on Aug. 9, 2010. That’s more than three a minute, plus pickles!

5) Most Big Macs Eaten

As of 2008, Wisconsin resident Donald Gorske had eaten 23,000 McDonald’s Big Macs, treating himself to one every day. At just one Big Mac a day, it would take more than 63 years to eat that amount, but he’s managed to accomplish that feat in (only) 37 years.


4) Most Ice Cream Scoops Balanced on a Cone

On Jan. 30, 2013, Peter Czerwinski downed a 12-inch pizza in 41.31 seconds at Big Mama’s and Papa’s Pizzeria in Los Angeles; also home to the largest commercially available pizza. He ate it in four slices, averaging a little more than 10 seconds per slice.

3) Fastest Time to Eat a 12-Inch Pizza

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On Jan. 30, 2013, Peter Czerwinski downed a 12-inch pizza in 41.31 seconds at Big Mama’s and Papa’s Pizzeria in Los Angeles; also home to the largest commercially available pizza. He ate it in four slices, averaging a little more than 10 seconds per slice.

2) Most Oysters Eaten in Three Minutes

Northern Ireland resident Colin Shirlow consumed 233 oysters in three minutes on Sept. 3, 2005. That’s an average of more than 77 oysters a minute!

1) Most Worms Eaten in 30 Seconds

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We might be (slightly) desensitized to watching people eat creepy-crawlers thanks to reality television, but that doesn’t mean they go down any easier. C. Manoharan "Snake" Manu, of India, apparently loves eating night crawlers, as he swallowed 200 earthworms, all at least 4 inches long, in half a minute on Nov. 15, 2003. This record’s almost 10 years old — surely someone can down 250 easy!