Vintage Competitive Eating Contests to Turn Your Stomach

04 Nov 1948 --- Five Broadway show girls participated in a "Spaghetti Swooshing" contest. They had to eat a plate of spaghetti and sauce without using their hands. --- Image by © Bettmann/CORBIS

04 Nov 1948 — Five Broadway show girls participated in a “Spaghetti Swooshing” contest. They had to eat a plate of spaghetti and sauce without using their hands. — Image by © Bettmann/CORBIS

1948 --- Six-year-old Richard Baranski caresses a full belly after being crowned Cranberry Pie Eating Champion, upon eating a 10-inch cranberry pie in 15 seconds flat. The contest was part of a national celebration of cranberries. --- Image by © Bettmann/CORBIS

1948 — Six-year-old Richard Baranski caresses a full belly after being crowned Cranberry Pie Eating Champion, upon eating a 10-inch cranberry pie in 15 seconds flat. The contest was part of a national celebration of cranberries. — Image by © Bettmann/CORBIS

Young watermelon eating contest in Rome , Italy. 1950. (Photo by: SeM/UIG via Getty Images)

Young watermelon eating contest in Rome , Italy. 1950. (Photo by: SeM/UIG via Getty Images)

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