If there is an activity that more than three people engage in, I guarantee you there is either a world championship, or a world record for that activity. This week’s news tid-bits prove that very theory.
In the world of competitive eating, there is now a new championship…burping champions. New York pizza chef Tim “Eater X” Janus has won the first annual World Burping Championship, out-belching four other competitors by ripping out an 18.1 second burp. To get himself ready for the event, Janus, 35, consumed over two gallons of Diet Coke and Mountain Dew just before Friday’s competition in Manhattan’s Hell’s Kitchen.
“I was just trying to condense all the air in my stomach and bring it to the surface,” said Janus.”You just have to force every last bit of air up. It’s beautiful, really.” Burping champion Janus first gained notoriety as one of the contestants in the yearly hot dog eating contest on Coney Island.
The event was put on by the “World Burping Federation” which was formed to supposedly eliminate the embarrassment of burping in public. “”We’re here to say that after a fantastic meal that one should be able to burp with enthusiasm and intensity, and be rewarded for that.” said emcee David Keating.
Gastric emissions not your cup of pop? Well try this one. Two fans of the cult favorite board game Strat-O-Matic Baseball are now world record holders.
Brett Carow and Sam Hennemann, and some of their friends from Minnesota, went to New York City with the idea of breaking last summer’s endurance record for marathon gaming.. Foley’s Pub & Restaurant hosted the event, which began on Thursday and ended Saturday.
The two gamers spent 54 consecutive hours playing the baseball stat based card game, and played more than 100 games during the marathon. They were given five minutes each hour for a “freshen up” break. Sometimes, they banked those short breaks to keep them for a longer breaks later in the game.
Carow – who was crowned the Ultimate Strat-O-Matic Fanatic at last year’s 50th anniversary celebration of the game’s creation -was the perfect person to break the record. The 32-year-old has played more than 10,000 games in his life, but he’d never attempted a record marathon.
“I never thought anything like this was possible,” Carow said. “You start playing games as a kid, and if you like doing something, you do it. If you like collecting baseball cards, you do it. You don’t ever think you’re going to get rewarded for it, or get a chance to come to New York City and get publicity for it.”
When asked if he was going to attempt to defend the record if broken, his response: “I’m not going to do it again”.