Elephants the big hot dogs in Coney Island competition with big eaters

July 4, 2009 at 3:29 pm Leave a comment

Elephants eat more than people! That’s the not-so-shocking result of the inaugural Coney Island hot dog bun-eating contest between three circus elephants and three competitive eaters.

At the end of the six minutes, Juliet Lee, Gravy Brown and Eric (Badlands) Booker collectively downed 143 buns – peanuts compared with the 505 buns scarfed up by elephants Bunny, Susie and Minnie.

“Our girls train every day. They eat 150 to 200 pounds of food a day. I knew they’d do fine,” said Jason Gibson, circus production manager.

Although the larger-than-life ladies – who are in town for the Ringling Brothers’ Boom A Ring circus this summer – cheated by starting a few seconds early, the humans didn’t stand a chance.

“This was a great challenge for our species,” said Major League Eating Chairman George Shea. “I expected that the humans would beat them.”

Bread crumbs flew as the elephants scooped up a half-dozen buns with each swift swoop of the trunk.

“I can’t compete with that,” said Booker, 39, an MTA train conductor by day. “If I had an elephant’s trunk, I could also eat a dozen buns at one time.”

The contest was good practice for Nathan’s annual hot dog eating contest today.

“I just stepped up my bun-eating game,” Brown said.

Still, the contest may throw a monkey’s wrench into Brown’s main event today. “I usually have to fast for 24 hours before the competition,” he said, “but eating against elephants is something I couldn’t pass up.”
BY Veronika Belenkaya
Daily News

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