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Voodoo Doughnut Bans Eating Challenges After Man Chokes To Death In Their Shop

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If you’ve ever watched Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Contest, you’ve probably wondered how these people don’t choke to death after vociferously chowing down on hot dog after hot dog. These type of contests don’t always go so smoothly, though, as the ever popular Voodoo Doughnut can attest to.

The Portland-based doughnut shop just suspended their Tex-ass Doughnut eating challenge after contestant Travis Malouff choked to death at one of their locations on April 3.

The ban will take effect at all of Voodoo’s seven U.S. locations, and even their Taiwan store, according to the Denver Post.

Voodoo said in a statement Tuesday:

“Our hearts go out to the Malouff family during this very difficult time,” the restaurant said in a statement Tuesday. “We have suspended the eating challenge in all our locations. While this matter is under investigation, we believe it would be inappropriate to comment further.”

The popular challenge usually asked its contestants to try and finish a half-pound glazed doughnut in 80 seconds or less, all for the grand prize of a free meal and a free button.

Malouff was pronounced dead at the scene, with the Denver Medical Examiner claiming Malouff died of asphyxia.

While these crazy eating challenges don’t often lead to death, it’s still a good reminder that they are dangerous, and these restaurants should probably look into keeping medical help nearby if they’re going to have humans eat a half pound of food in less than 2 minutes.


Are You Brave Enough To Try 7 of the Most Painful Eating Challenges?

Let’s face it — we all love a good challenge. Whether it’s winning a bet to see who can eat the most pieces of pizza, to seeing who can keep a pepper in their mouth the longest without feeling like death is coming, we love to prove ourselves with food. Restaurants, food trucks, and fast food joints all around cater to our food challenge needs, providing some of the craziest, spiciest, and calorie filled challenges. Here are the top seven eating challenges that will most likely be the most painful experiences you’ll ever have in your life, but hey, you have a chance of getting your picture on a wall, and that is #goals.


Why get sprayed with tear gas when you can eat it instead? Brick Lane Curry House in New York challenges customers to try an eight chilli curry so hot that their chefs have to wear masks to cook it. One of the key ingredients in this curry is the Bhut Naga Jolokia chilli, which is also found in tear gas. Anyone brave enough to finish their entire plate gets a free beer, certificate, and a mention in the “PHAAL OF FAME”! Many have failed in sweat and tears — maybe you won’t feel the heat if you eat it in a curry.


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What makes a hot wing… a HOT wing? The Fire In Your Hole challenge at Munchies 420 Cafe answers that question simply with a plate of 10 of the hottest wings on the planet. Marinated in a sauce made up of a combination of the extract of the hottest pepper in the world (the feared Carolina Reaper) and other hot peppers, these wings should come with a glass of milk and a fire extinguisher for your tongue. If you can finish this challenge in 20 minutes, you get your picture on the wall of fame, but beware: though it may be a personal achievement finishing even one wing, failure to complete the entire challenge will land you on the wall of shame.


Known by Man V. Food as the hottest burger on the planet, the 4 Horsemen Burger at Chunky’s Burgers include fresh jalapeno and serrano peppers, a habanero sauce, and yes, you guessed it — or you “Ghost” it — the Ghost pepper. You have 25 minutes to eat the burger successfully, and the challenge is so real that you need to be 18 or older, or have a parent/guardian’s consent. The people at Chunky’s Burgers like to keep it real though; a chuck bucket is included but an automatic disqualification and a penalty if you miss the bucket!


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Soup, there it is! The red-hot soup challenge includes a concoction of broth, veggies, ghost peppers, and the hottest chilies on the planet. Though Nitally’s Thai-Mex Cuisine hadn’t had anyone vomit from the spiciness, the Inferno Soup has definitely had an incident where a contestant made a different kind of exit on a chair, forcing the challenge to now be completed outside. Infer-no way!


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A one pound burger and a side of fries sounds like an average meal, right? Well maybe not so much when your burger has been ‘inferno’d’. The Inferno Burger Challenge at Smoke Shack comes with a one pound burger covered in ghost peppers and hot sauce, and the side of fries are half a pound and drenched in a Cajun spice. If you’re up for the challenge, you might be able to join the wall of fame, but for most of us, it’s going to be an infer-no thanks!


Just when you think wings can’t get any hotter, Jake Melnick’s XXX wings exists to challenge all comers. These wings have a new addition to their flaming sauce concoction: the Trinidad Scorpion Pepper. The XXX Hot Wings will melt your face off, and a cooling plate is ready if you ring a bell, filled with ice cream, milk, bread, and some orange slices to extinguish that fire in your mouth.


Six Triple Atomic Wings, no time limit, and unlimited water — easy, peasy, right? Measuring 500,000 Scoville units, each Atomic Wing in the Triple Atomic Wing Challenge is more than 50 times hotter than a jalepeno and will definitely add some heat to your life. If you can finish this walk through hell, you win yourself a spot on the Wall of Flame and, most importantly, a bumper sticker — who doesn’t love a bumper sticker?!

You may not be part of a 90s girl group, but any of these challenges can SPICE UP YOUR LIFE! If you want to put the “eat” in “sweat,” take on any of these fiery tests to your tastebuds!


Man Wins a Bet to Eat 28 Raw Eggs, but Loses His Life in the Process

I’m guessing not much good can come of taking on a bet of eating 28 raw eggs in one sitting.

According to reports, a young Tunisian man has reportedly died after winning a bet to eat 28 raw eggs. The 20-year-old,  a Dhaou Fatnassi, from the town of Kairouan, swallowed the eggs after being challenged by his friends for a currently undisclosed amount of money.

Following the challenge, Fatnassi reportedly experienced stomach pains and was taken to a hospital where he was pronounced dead upon arrival.


A Visualization of Food Challenges from Around the World [INFOGRAPHIC]

Championed into the mainstream by personalities such as Man v. Food television host Adam Richman and the popularity of eating competitions like the annual Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Contest, ‘gut-busting food challenges‘ have certainly become a fun trend to follow.

The following infographic, produced by the folks at Confused, makes note of some of the most notable food challenges around — but then quickly gets into some near-obvious notations about over consumption and health concerns.

Don’t let it scare you too much — if you were under the impression that gorging yourself on a daily basis was positive for your health, you probably have some unwarranted lawsuits you should be producing:

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