Stinging nettles, crocodile eggs and 71 cupcakes in 8 minutes: competitive eating doesn’t get tougher (or stranger) than this …

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Carolina Reaper chillies, said to be the hottest in the world

The world stinging nettle eating championship

Where? Dorset

What do I have to do? Um, eat stinging nettles, straight

What’s the competition like? The record stands at 76 feet of the stingy suckers

We say: we’ll stick with the nettle tea, thank you

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Caviar eating contest

Where? Moscow, Russia

What do I have to do? Put away as much caviar as your can in 90 seconds

What’s the competition like? Alexander Valov managed to eat 500g of the stuff in 90 seconds

We say: that’s about £31,000-worth of the delicacy

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Reindeer sausage eating contest

Where? Alaska

What do I have to do? Eat as much as you can in 10 minutes

What’s the competition like? The record is six feet

We say: Santa would never forgive you

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World ice cream eating championship

Where: Florida

What do I have to do: all-you-can-eat of the frozen stuff in six minutes

What’s the competition like: someone managed 14.5 pints: that's serious spoon action and some old-school commitment 

We say: significant brain freeze 

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Onion eating competition

Where? Gloucestershire

What do I have to do? Eat a 7oz peeled, raw onion as quickly as possible

What’s the competition like: Phil Bullock holds the title for chomping it down in 1 minute 6 seconds

We say: has anyone got a mint?

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4th of July hot dog eating contest

Where? Coney Island, New York

What do I have to do? Eat as many hot dogs as you can in 10 minutes

What’s the competition like? The 2014 winner put away 61 hot dogs

We say: this may be the world's most famous eating competition but that still doesn't make us want to enter

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Hot dog eating competition


Yorkshire pudding eating competition

Where? Thailand (obviously)

What do I have to do? See how many yorkies you can get through in an hour

What’s the competition like? This year’s winner managed 25

We say: we reckon we could beat that

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Yorkshire pudding

Sam Greenhalgh / CC-BY-SA 2.0 / Flickr: zapthedingbat

Coney Island cupcake eating contest

Where? New York

What do I have to do? Prepare to eat a lot of frosting

What’s the competition like? Stephanie Torres devoured 71 in 8 minutes. That's 71 cakes in EIGHT MINUTES. 

We say: sugar rush, anyone?

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DixieBellCupcakeCafe / CC-BY-SA 2.0 / Flickr: dixiebellecupcakecafe

Thanksgiving turkey eating contest

Where: Connecticut, USA

What do I have to do: eat a lot of turkey

What’s the competition like: Joey Chestnut (honest) devoured a 20lb turkey in 10 minutes (seriously, a chestnut stuffed with turkey?)

We say: this puts a new slant on our Christmas Day turkey-eating marathon

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Photo: Jonathan Gregson

Tuck into a turkey (in more normal quantities) with this classic roast recipe

Pattaya crocodile egg eating contest

Where: Thailand

What do I have to do? Eat 10 crocodile eggs in the shortest possible time

What’s the competition like? Previous winner Khun Phayab Pansaengthong finished the challenge in 4 minutes and 24 seconds. Yikes

We say? Yep, we'll be skipping this one

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The world garlic eating competition

Where? Dorset

What do I have to do? Eat as many raw cloves of garlic as you can

What’s the competition like? 34 cloves in 1 minute is the record

We say: at least one thing's for sure, no vampires will be attending

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Garlic cloves

Rebecca Siegel / CC-BY-SA 2.0 / Flickr: grongar

Smokin’ Ed’s Carolina Reaper challenge

Where? New York

What do I have to do? Eat the most chilli peppers in 1 minute

What’s the competition like? It will be taking place later this year so you've still got time to enter (phew)

We say: the Carolina Reaper hits an eye-watering 1.569 million on the scoville scale. Basically, it’s the world’s hottest chilli

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