Today we’re #TBTing to our All You Can Eat issue with exceptional incidences of historical gluttony.
During the Cold War, the American-Soviet rivalry didn’t just manifest itself in spies and Space Races and psychological warfare; athletic competitions, especially weightlifting and body building, took on a political sheen, too. Which makes it all the more significant that in 1958, in the midst of it all, an American weightlifter faced off against a Soviet weightlifter for an eating competition in New York. In front of a crowd of 250 people, they each took down eight lobsters and six squab before they both surrendered, leaving 12 lamb chops and 10 steaks behind.
Gif by Richie Brown