Meet my friend from college. We call him Ralph. Say good-bye to Ralph.
TAIPEI – A man died just as he was about to win a university binge eating contest in , scoffing down two buns filled with rice and cheese as well as some of his teammate’s food, the college said on Friday.
[Ralph], the 23-year-old, described as tall and strong, vomited relentlessly, passed out and died on Thursday during the “Big Stomach King” contest at Dayeh University in central Taiwan. He had pulled ahead of 30 other teams.
“I can’t say why [Ralph] died,” said Huang Te-hsiang, the university’s dean of student affairs. “He had been in the contest before. [Ralph] was a strong guy.”
The graduate student, surnamed [Ralph] Chen, may have eaten too fast rather than too much, a campus publicist said. Chen was on course to win the five-year-old annual competition, she said. He would have won T$2,000 ($60). — yahoo news
I’m trying to imagine how the telephone call to Ralph’s parents might have gone. “Hello, Ralph’s Mom? This is the Provost. I’m sorry to tell you your son didn’t win the ‘Big Stomach King’ contest this year, but he’s eligible for a discount burial once we clean his fat ass up.”
Finally, imagine what vomited rice and cheese must look like, mixed with bile spotted with blood. That should have inspired lots of Ralph wannabes. So the show must go on.