Saturday, 24 October 2009

American WET Dreams

The world record for competitive hot dog eating has been broken in Mrika

Joey "Jaws" Chestnut ate 68 hot dogs in 10 minutes, at the annual 4 July contest at Coney Island in New York, shattering his old record of 66. The hot dog competition is an Independence Day tradition, they say.

His main rival, Japan's six-time winner Takeru "Tsunami" Kobayashi, ate 64 and a half. The two men ate approximately 19,000 calories between them. The first such hot dog-eating contest was held in 1916, when the winner put away only 13 franks.

The two men have gone gut-to-gut for almost a decade at the annual competition, which has become an Independence Day tradition in the US. This year's contest was broadcast live on sports channel ESPN, and featured much of the fanfare usually reserved for professional sporting events.

Mr Chestnut, who won his third straight title in a row, takes home $20,000 (£12,250) in prize money and the coveted Mustard Belt. The 25-year-old Californian is a man of diverse taste. His other world records include eating 5kg of macaroni and cheese in seven minutes; and 188 jalapeno peppers in 10 minutes.

My comment: And this from people who worry themselves sick about starving Africa!

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Woman accused of targeting girl, 9, with Craigslist ad

(CNN) -- A Long Island, New York, social worker is facing two misdemeanor charges after allegedly posting a sexually suggestive ad on Craigslist that gave interested parties the home
Woman accused of targeting girl, 9, with Craigslist ad

The sexually suggestive ad allowed parties to get a number for a 9-year-old girl.

According to prosecutors, Margery Tannenbaum posted the ad to get revenge after an argument between her daughter and the girl, who attend the same school in Hauppauge, New York.

On Thursday, Tannenbaum was arraigned on charges of aggravated harassment and endangering the welfare of a minor. She pleaded not guilty and will appear in court later this month.

Officials told CNN affiliate News 12 in Long Island that the Craigslist ad read "I need a little affection... I'm blond, I'm cute and I'll be waiting."

Interested parties were directed to an e-mail address where they were given the girl's name and home phone number.

Callers were unaware they were trying to reach a 9-year-old.
According to Suffolk County authorities, the mother of the girl intercepted calls before her daughter answered. She said she received 22 calls in one day, in all around 40 calls from various men who saw the ad, including some seeking an escort service. After Craigslist was issued a subpoena, authorities said they were able to track the account to Tannenbaum.

In court documents read aloud by Suffolk District Attorney Tom Spota, the 9-year-old's mother described one of the phone calls she received from a man responding to the ad.

She said, "This is her mother. Can I help you?" The male replied, "Oh. Hot lady lives with foxy mamma?"

The caller hung up after the girl's mother told him the "hot girl" he was referring to was 9 years old.

When asked about the case, Tannenbaum's attorney, Tad Scharfenberg, said, "I think this has been blown out of proportion to what the actual alleged act was."

He described Tannenbaum as "a well-loved woman by both family and friends," and said she was a classroom mom at her daughter's school.

"She's never been in any trouble for anything before," Scharfenberg said. "She's just really upset by the whole thing. Her biggest concern has always been that this not materially affect the victim or her child. She wants to make sure the way it's being handled doesn't make that worse."

In an interview with News 12, the victim's mother said she was "horrified."

"It's scary to think that someone would take any issue and attack your child."

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