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    Food Eating Challenge Of The Day: “It’s Not Clear What’s Going On In His Mind And Body”

    As you all are well aware, from time to time we cover food eating challenges around these parts. We don’t chronicle all the feats of gastrointestinal fortitude that come our way, though, because while we love you all, not all of your FECs constitute what we’d consider an actual challenge worth covering. As previously discussed, our high bar has everything to do with the first contest we ever wrote about (as a postmortem), which involved a man named Oyster Boy, who consumed 244 oysters in 1 hour at Ulysses, throwing down the gauntlet down for one of you to pick up, vis-à-vis goring yourself for sport. Do we really expect anyone to match OB in magnitude or strength of stomach lining? No, we do not. Having said that, “challenges” such as eating 8 vending machine items in 12 hours (or in an unlimited amount of time!) are not going to cut it. It’s not an exact science but we look for FECs that are imaginative, topical, and/or represent a high degree of difficulty. (And while we wouldn’t actually advise it, live streaming the whole thing would make our day.) Which brings us to today’s challenge.

    It occurred at an investment bank in midtown and although it loses points for not letting us know ahead of time so that we could chronicle the thing in real time, there are a number of things we like about it.

    Intern vs. VP. [Redacted] intern’s last day (ever?). A dozen donuts each from our friends at DD. 1 hour limit to finish…Intern: larger build, 6’1″ and extremely ambitious. VP: fit and 5’8″ with a vicious appetite.

    Identical donut selection includes:

    – 2 chocolate
    – 2 glazed
    – 1 sugar
    – 2 strawberry frosted
    – 2 chocolate frosted
    – 1 blueberry
    – 1 Oreo crumble
    – 1 Boston creme

    VP downed the whole thing in 13:31. Intern disappointingly tapped out shortly after at 9 donuts and a bite. Intern is feeling “terrible,” is alternating between a sugar rush and mild depression, and wants to sleep under his desk. It’s not clear what’s going on in his mind and body. Besides looking very uncomfortable, he’s having a hard time responding to questions with any answer besides “I don’t know.” He’s buying drinks for everyone tonight.

    Obviously there’s zero sense of urgency here as a result of getting a recap rather than doing it live. But! Twelve adult-sized donuts (as opposed to a bunch of munchkins)? Good. Thirteen minutes for the whole spread? Good. Pitting a superior against an underling (rather than making a couple of interns race each other)? GOOD. Take these ideas, particularly the last one and run with them. Feel free to come up with your own but at least just consider making founder vs. peasant/30 minutes/2 chocolate fountains each/70-100 items to dip/race to the finish happen.

    / Aug 9, 2012 at 1:27 PM
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    Memo To Dunkin’ Donuts Whores: Same Store Sales Aren’t Going To Grow Themselves

    As many of you know, though there are tremendous benefits to be gained from taking a public company, there are also serious downsides to consider, like unwanted scrutiny of your business practices. While executives at Dunkin’ Brands were probably pretty pleased with last week’s opening day pop, the IPO has presented some problems for the […]

    / Aug 2, 2011 at 3:46 PM
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    Call The (Dunkin’ Donuts) Close (Update)

    Standard Price Is Right Rules, closest without going over, guesses in by 3:45PM.

    / Jul 27, 2011 at 12:12 PM
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    Dunkin IPO Offers Golden Opportunity For Eating Challenge Failures To Redeem Themselves

    Recently around these parts, we’ve been getting some complaints about how it’s been far too long since we’ve chronicled a food eating challenge and a demand for answers. Here’s the rub:

    / Apr 14, 2011 at 2:37 PM
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    How Many “Pancake Bites” Would One Need To Consume To Incense Julian Robertson?

    As you may have heard, Dunkin Donuts has created a new delicacy called Sausage Pancake Bites, which are ‘pancake balls’ stuffed with meat and dipped in syrup. Like KFC’s Double Down, this represents Dunkin’s foray into the exciting world of exotic battered-meat derivatives. To celebrate, someone must endeavor this week to consume an amount of […]

    / Nov 9, 2010 at 12:38 PM
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    Woman Who Bilked Investors Had Pretty Good Reason To Do So

    Not an amazing get out of jail free card but I’d say definitely a pretty decent one, which was that Antoinette Hodgson had a dream. A dream to franchise a Dunkin Donuts. (As for the gambling spree, that very well could’ve been part of her investment strategy, you have no idea.) Hodgson, 58, of Montclair, […]

    / Jun 16, 2010 at 5:35 PM
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    Dunkin Donuts Food Eating Challenge Underway

    11:00 A financial services hack is about to attempt 50 munchkins in 40 minutes. This strikes me as a bit weak but then again, so many of you have failed at even weaker challenges (20 vending machine items over the course of 8 hours? 5 bags of chips in 100 minutes) that we’ll take it. […]

    / May 7, 2010 at 11:00 AM
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    Non-Dairy Creamer

    Sympathies to my Starbucks junkies in the audience who need it between the hours of 5:30 and 8:30 pm—the drug pushers are closing up shop for three hours tonight to re-train the 135,000 baristas that didn’t get fired last week on how to make your bullshit drink. CEO Howard Schultz said he thinks the tutorial […]

    / Feb 26, 2008 at 1:26 PM

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