Errol Morris' short documentary about the five-time champion of the Philadelphia Wing Bowl eating competition


6 Responses to “Errol Morris' short documentary about the five-time champion of the Philadelphia Wing Bowl eating competition”

  1. schr0559 says:

    His shirt looks like that Ween logo creature.

  2. Ashen Victor says:

    Best nickname* ever!

    *Food related.

  3. mr_mediocre says:

    Ed “Bozo” Miller – the name gave me a jolt of recognition.  Back in the early ’70s I got my first Guinness Book of World Records, a 2-inch thick paperback that I literally read the covers off of.  The “Eating” category started off with comments on medical conditions that lead to a morbid desire to overeat or drink, then launched into a stern warning about the health hazards of attempting to set an eating record.  But then came the records themselves: whole roast chickens, oysters, sausages, puddings, gallons of ice cream, yards of ale.  And an awesome number of those records were credited to the dedicated trencherman “Bozo” Miller.

    Those early editions of Guiness were terrific.  Encyclopedic, educational, and determined to be as complete as possible.  Looking at the modern versions, which seem to be targeted squarely at the readers of _People_ and _Us_ magazines and focused on the most absurdly specific and ephemeral “records”, well, it just makes me sad.

  4. Vinnie Tesla says:

    That was delightful! I totally want to be Errol Morris when I grow up.

    Wing-eating strikes me as having a subjective element that, say, hot-dog eating lacks, though. El Wingador alludes to this at one point, when he mentions the Wingettes urging his competitor to clean the bones more thoroughly.

    What I’m saying is, wings have kind of an 80/20 thing going on, where most of the meat comes off in the first two or three bites, and the effort/reward ratio falling off asymptotically from there. So what are the competition standards for an “eaten” wing?

  5. David says:

    A two-pound chicken is called a pigeon. 

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