2004: The Year of the Boob

And what would poor old Charlie Brown say if he knew his famous exclamation "Good Grief" had been used to market a line of urns and bereavement accessories?

Trump is now one of 16 owners of the trademark, "You're Fired." None of the other trademark owners appears to be an "Apprentice" contestant Trump has fired. Maybe that's Omarosa's next move. [Full Story]

4. The Fat Belt Theory: Competitive Eating Is a Skinny Person's Game

Even though you shouldn't judge athletes by their physical appearance, some people still say, "White guys can't jump." Here's a sporting stereotype that might be much more accurate: "Fat guys can't eat."

The Michael Jordan of hot dog eating, Takeru Kobayashi, who weighs just 144 pounds, broke his own world record in July, by wolfing down 53½ franks, and handily beating more hefty opponents, such as 419-pound challenger and reigning cannoli champ Ed "Cookie" Jarvis, who finished in fifth place, downing 27 dogs.

Buck Wolf was on hand at the Coney Island, N.Y., frankfurter contest in July, as part of the play-by-play team on a coast-to-coast broadcast over ABC Radio Networks.

The fastest-rising star on the competitive eating circuit is even skinnier than Kobayashi. Sonya "Black Widow" Thomas weighs just 105 pounds, yet this petite, 36-year-old dynamo set nine world records in recent months, devouring everything from fried asparagus spears (5.75 pounds in 10 minutes) to cheesecake (11 pounds in nine minutes) and hard-boiled eggs (65 eggs in six minutes).

How does Thomas beat fat men at their own game? Some competitive eating fans say that big guys have a roll of fat on their gut that stops their stomach from expanding in time-sensitive tests of gluttony. For big-mouthed, big guys everywhere, the so-called "Fat Belt" theory is too much to swallow. [Full Story]

5. Holy Velveeta! It's a $28,000 Grilled Cheese Sandwich!
In late November, when a partially eaten, 10-year-old grilled cheese sandwich said to bear the image of the Virgin Mary sold on eBay for $28,000, you knew it had to be a sign of something, although not necessarily divine.

As it turns out, the toasted miracle wasn't the first time fast food resembling a religious icon has been turned into a shrine. The Miracle Tortilla of Lake Arthur, N.M. -- found by a homemaker while preparing her family's breakfast in 1977 -- is said to bear the face of Jesus. The family's priest reluctantly blessed the tortilla, after trying to tell the woman it was all a coincidence. Nevertheless, thousands of visitors have since seen the Miracle Tortilla, some coming to pray for divine assistance.

Nashville has its famed "Nun Bun," a cinnamon roll discovered at the Bongo Java coffee shop that resembled the late Mother Theresa. This "Immaculate Confection," has drawn such international fame that the saintly nun asked representatives to investigate the phenomena shortly before her death.

The sale of the grilled cheese Virgin Mary opened the floodgates to hundreds of other miracles rendered on toast and available on eBay, including a cheese sandwich with an uncanny likeness to SpongeBob.

Still, another man found the face of God on a burned fish stick, which, it can be assumed, will also soon be put up for auction. Will it also sell for $28,000? We must pray to our blessed grilled cheese sandwich for the answer. [Full Story]

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