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The Major League Eating record for "ultimate eating" is Juliet Lee, who consumed seven chicken wings, one pound of nachos, three hot dogs, two personal pizzas and three Italian ices in 7 minutes, 13 seconds. Lee was the 17th-ranked competitive eater in the world when she died Sept. 9, 2019, at the age of 54. Cause of death: Unknown. She weighed 100 pounds.


"The fear of old age disturbs us, yet we are not certain of becoming old." -- French philosopher Jean de la Bruyere (1645-1696), who died at age 50

Medical History

This week in 1846, the first U.S. patent for an artificial leg was granted to Benjamin F. Palmer of New Hampshire (No. 4,834). The leg had a pliable joint that worked noiselessly and preserved its contour in all positions, with no exterior openings and internal tendons of gut and springs to provide more elasticity, strength, durability and freedom of motion than previously available.

Ig Nobel Apprised

The Ig Nobel Prizes celebrate achievements that make people laugh and then think -- a look at real science that's hard to take seriously and even harder to ignore.


In 2005, the Ig Nobel Prize in nutrition went to Yoshiro Nakamatsu for photographing and retrospectively analyzing every meal he had consumed over a period of 34 years. (At the time of the award, he was still doing so.) Also known as Dr. NakaMats, he was a prolific inventor, patent holder and purported creator of, among other things, a kind of floppy disk, a toilet seat lifter and a "wig for self-defense."

Last Words

"I go from a corruptible to an uncorruptible crown, where no disturbance can be, no disturbance in the world." -- King Charles I of England (1600-1649)

Those words were, in fact, from a last lengthy speech just before his execution. His last actual words were to the ax-wielding executioner and concerned the execution of his execution: "You must set it fast. It might have been a little higher. When I put out my hands this way. Stay for the sign."


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