Hot dogs, bacon, pretzel buns, and absolutely no puking: The 2014 Diamond Dog eating contest

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Patty Grover
On the day that the great Joey Chestnut made his country proud by capturing his eighth straight Nathan's Hot Dog Eating Contest, six Minnesotans competed for their own place in the pantheon of competitive eating champions. The Depot Tavern held its fifth annual July 4 Diamond Dog eating contest on Friday. Contestants battled each other and their own limits to eat as many of the dogs, wrapped in pepper bacon and served in a pretzel bun, as they could in 10 minutes. Puking, as usual, would lead to disqualification.

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Foods for beauty: A visual guide

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Tanner Morris
Did you know eggs have moisturizing properties that can benefit both your hair and face? Or that egg whites can be substituted for Biore strips in blackhead removal? If you're looking for luscious locks and super soft skin but don't feel like blowing another paycheck at Walgreens, it may be time to suck it up and crack some raw eggs on your head. You'll smell like rotting meat for a few hours, but no one said looking beautiful was easy.

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Forest Lake man breaks into ex-wife's home, steals cheese

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Some thieves target diamonds. Others favor expensive paintings. And then there's Leonard Keith Houle of Forest Lake, who broke into his ex-wife's home and went straight for the cheese -- literally. The intoxicated 56-year-old was caught stealing a block of Kraft cheese from his ex-wife's refrigerator in the early hours of the morning on March 28, according to a criminal complaint.

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Fake chef conned his way onto five Midwestern morning shows [VIDEO]

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Days after last Thanksgiving, Chef Keith visited five local news stations around Illinois and Wisconsin to promote his new book, Leftovers Right: Making a Winner of Last Night's Dinner. The "self-taught" chef, who told one reporter that people compare his cooking to infamous feces eater GG Allin, scooped mashed potatoes into ice cream cones with room temperature gravy at the bottom, made a Thanksgiving leftover smoothie (complete with ham, gravy, and pie), and convinced reporters to use permanent markers to trace their hands on flatbread. And yet, no one batted an eye until the videos were posted on the Found Footage Festival's website on Monday morning.

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Order up! Brains at Zombie Pub Crawl [IMAGES]

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AZ Canteen is stocking up for the zombie food crawl this Saturday

This Saturday from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m., the Quarantine Zone at 4th & Portland will be the site of the first World Brain Eating Championship. A number of professional competitive eaters are signed up to participate, including Joey "Jaws" Chestnut. This year, Chestnut defended and maintained his number one spot at the Nathan's Annual Hot Dog Eating Contest by beating his own record and consuming 69 hot dogs in 10 minutes. 

If you're thinking they'll probably go easy on contestants and serve some brain stand-in like a pile of dyed pasta or Jell-o in a brain mold, you'd be wrong.

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Zombie Pub Crawl and Glam Doll Donuts to host donut-eating contest

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Zombies love brains... and Glam Doll Donuts. Duh.
Everyone knows that zombies have a palate for brains, but did you know they've also got a taste for doughnuts? Well, sort of.

This year, ahead of the first-annual World Brain Eating Championships, the Zombie Pub Crawl organizers will determine some of the brain-noshing contestants by hosting a competition for the best doughnut eaters.

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Marvel Bar's Pip Hanson: Calm in the face of calamity [VIDEO]

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Bachelor Farmer
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There are drink mixers, there are mixologists, there are bartenders, and then there is the masterful Pip Hanson of the Marvel Bar at the Bachelor Farmer. Nothing can come between him and his mission to mix the perfect coctail. Not even a shelf completely crumbling, taking with it glasses and expensive bottles of booze. Check out how the consummate professional observes utter chaos. Pip Hanson will not be deterred from drink service.

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Bigfoot made out of beef jerky [PHOTO]

National Jerky Day is June 12

In honor of National Jerky Day (that's today for those of you who didn't already have it on your calendar), Jack Link's, now one of the "fastest-growing meat snack manufacturers in the world," has created an all-jerky portrait of Sasquatch, the creature featured in its current ad campaign.

The portrait was made by Jason Mecier, a San Francisco-based mosaic artist who is known for his bean and noodle portrait of Buffy Summers, Condoleeza Rice made of actual rice, and a card made of holiday candy that features the Olsen twins. It took more than 16 pounds of jerky, which is about 80 bags, of Jack's snack meats to make this work of art.  

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Minneapolis may have its own Hamburglar

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It's 5 o'clock. Do you know where your steak is?
Hide your steaks, hide your chicken breasts: It appears the Windom neighborhood of southwest Minneapolis may have its very own Hamburglar.

On April 15, a resident of an apartment complex on 61st and Nicollet came home to discover that her apartment had been broken into, reports the Southwest Minneapolis Patch. Though incidents of breaking and entering aren't entirely uncommon in the area, it's definitely not common for someone who breaks in to leave all the electronics, jewelry, and cash. But the police report stated that only one thing was missing from the house.

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Marilyn Hagerty: Interview with genius Olive Garden reviewer

Everybody online today is enjoying the publication of The Greatest Restaurant Review Ever Written, a piece entitled "Long-awaited Olive Garden receives warm welcome" by Marilyn Hagerty of the Grand Forks Herald.

There are so many evocative parts of the review: The "two long, warm breadsticks," the raspberry lemonade that is proffered but rejected in favor of water. The understated yet wistful tone is reminiscent of a William Carlos Williams poem.

So far, the Olive Garden review has been tweeted over 6,800 times, and Liked on Facebook 4,477 times. The editors at the Grand Forks Herald are scrambling to assemble an article on the outsized reaction for tomorrow's paper, but in the meantime, we called Marilyn Hagerty to get her response to the sudden Internet fame.

I'd like to make clear that I didn't intend to come off as disrespectful in this post. The reason I asked about the lemonade and the breadsticks is because so many of her readers seemed to enjoy those lines in her review and I wanted to get the back story. I'm a fan of Marilyn and her work--I really do think she has a brilliant voice, both in print and on the phone--and I apologize if my enthusiasm seemed sarcastic rather than genuine.

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