The Sport of Competitive Eating

GDT watched a re-run of the 2006 Nathan's Hotdog Eating Contest. Takeru Kobayashi, born in 1978, won the contest by eating a world record setting 53 3/4 hotdogs (and buns) in 12 minutes. It was Kobayashi's sixth consecutive win.

The primary rule is as follows.

   "Whoever eats (and keeps down) the most hot dogs and buns 
    (sometimes abbreviated 'HDBs') in 12 minutes is the winner. 
    Partially eaten hot dogs count and the granularity of measurement 
    is eighths of a hot dog. Any hot dog still in the mouth at the end 
    of the 12 minutes count only if they are swallowed."

Speaking of eating...

Natsuko "Gal" Sone (age 21) is an eater. She became popular thanks to a video of her eating 9 kgs of curry, noodles and rice. The video, a segment from a variety show, was viewed 108,480 times on YouTube before it was taken down for copyright violation.

Exercises
  1. 53 and 3/4 HDBs in 12 minutes is __________ HDBs per minute. [record answer to nearest hundredth]

  2. If a hotdog is six inches in length, then Takeru Kobayashi ate _________ feet to win the 2006 Nathan's Hotdog Eating Contest.

  3. Natsuko Sone weighs 43 kgs, or _________ lbs.
    [1 kg = 2.2046 lb]

  4. Natsuko Sone ate _______% of her body weight.


Creator: Gerald D. Thurman [gthurman@gmail.com]
Created: 12 February 2007

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