Microkhan by Brendan I. Koerner

“This Belly Does Not Discriminate”

June 5th, 2009 · 4 Comments

Although we realize that gluttony is one of the Seven Sins for a very good reason, we can’t help but be fascinated by the sport of competitive eating. We previously marveled at the gustatory prowess of Juris “Doctor Bigtime” Shibayama, a Tennessee orthopedist who can put away T-bones like nobody’s business. Today our adulatory gaze turns toward Eric “Badlands” Booker, a New York-based subway conductor currently ranked 13th by the International Federation of Competitive Eating. The heartfelt documentary above gives a good sense of what it’s like to be Badlands, who’s a renaissance man of sorts: In addition to steering the 7 train and downing mass quantities of corned-beef hash, he is also an accomplished rapper. Check out one of his finest public performances here, and pay a visit to his personal website here.

By the way, yes, we realize that competitive eating can seem grotesque in a world in which at least 800 million people are in danger of starvation. We therefore feel obligated to post this rightfully celebrated “Hungry Planet” slideshow as a much-needed corrective.


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  • Humble Bob Shoudt

    Badlands is THE MAN in Competitive Eating. He has a heart as big as his stomach capacity. I always consider it an honor to be at the same table as him in a contest.

    Go Badlands!

  • Humble Bob Shoudt

    Dang, this family of 12 eats on $5 a week.

    Bhutan: The Namgay family of Shingkhey Village


    That was a cool Hungry Planet slideshow.

  • Brendan I. Koerner

    @Humble Bob: Thanks a mil for the comments, and for stopping by. Honored to have a top-ranked IFOCE competitor making the Microkhan rounds. Any friend of Crazy Legs’s is a friend of ours.

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