Small bites 9/4

Published 8:00 am Sunday, September 4, 2022

He has quite an appetite

Does the name Joey Chestnut ring a bell? He’s the guy who keeps winning those hot dog eating contests that take place in Coney Island each Fourth of July. Apparently frankfurters aren’t the only tasty delight that piques his interest, says the Association of Mature American Citizens [AMAC]. He holds 55 eating records having devoured record breaking amounts of pork brain tacos, Jalapeno Poppers and even Twinkies, to name a few. And, no, he apparently does not hold the record for eating chestnuts. However, most recently he broke the record for popcorn when he downed 32 twenty-four ounce servings of popcorn in just 8 minutes at a contest held in Indianapolis.




Bulls will be bulls

A rather angry bull escaped from a farm near Tel Aviv, Israel recently, made its way into town and wound up in a local bank chasing employees and customers through its hallways. According to the Association of Mature American Citizens [AMAC], the authorities wound up getting a local veterinarian to shoot the angry critter with a tranquillizer dart. The farmer showed up after about 30 minutes of mayhem, tied it up and managed to take his bull back to the farm. A security camera video of the incident has gone viral around the world.



A monster of a moth

The state of Washington’s Department of Agriculture [WDA] is on a moth hunt but it’s not your normal, pesky moths that eat holes in your favorite woolen sweater. This moth is the humongous, giant Atlas moth with a nearly 10-inch wing span. Despite the fact that the Atlas moth has never before been seen in the U.S. and that it makes its home in tropical climates, one was spotted in Bellevue, WA recently, reports the Association of Mature American Citizens [AMAC]. WDA entomologist Sven Spichiger is quoted in a department news release saying “This is a ‘gee-whiz’ type of insect because it is so large.  Even if you aren’t on the lookout for insects, this is the type that people get their phones out and take a picture of — they are that striking.” In fact, that’s exactly what a University of Washington professor did when he found the behemoth of a moth clinging to the wall of his garage one day. He pulled out his phone and snapped away.



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