Vending Machine Challenge

Mountain of Starbursts AKA One of the best food eating challenges everOn the seventh floor of a concrete office building in Washington, a government worker stops to contemplate a purchase from the vending machine. Then his phone vibrates. An alert on the screen suggests he pass on the Twinkies today. This guinea pig, among a group of employees at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, may be experiencing the office of the future. The department ran an experiment this summer to see whether new technology could get workers to form better health habits. The Health Department used wireless gizmos situated around the office that transmit signals to employees’ mobile devices as they pass by. An app running on their smartphones interprets the data and delivers advice based on where they are. Employees who get up from a conference-room table might get an alert telling them to take the long way back to their desks. Walking past a water fountain five times prompts a suggestion that it’s time to stop for a drink during the next go-around. [Bloomberg, related]

  • 29 Jan 2013 at 11:46 AM

First Food Eating Challenge Of 2013: Underway


It’s another vending machine challenge and you know how we feel about those (too much time, not enough food, doesn’t put hair on anyone’s chest) BUT it does involve a contract (described as “amazing” by the half of Dealbreaker that was at one time licensed to practice law in New York1), the terms of which state that in the event of a loss, the loser will pay for a lunch he’s not invited to, so we’ve got award points for that. Read more »

  • 05 Oct 2011 at 11:32 AM

Vending Machine Challenge Underway


All 41 items must be completed by 4PM, with an official start time of 11:15AM. Said items include: Cheese Puffs, Snyder Low Fat Pretzels, Goldfish, Doritos, White Cheddar Popcorn, Snyder Regular Pretzels, Snyder Low Fat Pretzels, party mix, Fritos, Baked Lays, Baked Doritos, Lays, Sun Chips, Express Oatmeal, canned fruit, Sour Straws, Reeses, Fiber One Bar, M&Ms, Peanut M&Ms, Goobers, Fiber One Snack, Twizzlers, Snickers Crunch, Twix, Milky Way, Pretzels M&Ms, Snickers Crunch, Skittles, Starburst, peanuts, Raisinets, trail mix, strudel, more trail mix, crackers, sandwich crème cookies and Milanos.

The challenger, whose colleagues at an unnamed Connecticut firm note “is in a motorcycle club- enough said” (??), is apparently so confident that rather than eat a light dinner and get some rest last night, he mowed down a tray of tacos and got little sleep. If he finishes everything by the close and keeps it down for two hours he wins nothing, i.e. “respect.” For those who feel the extremely generous time allotment renders this contest not so much a challenge but a snack, channel your feelings of disgust towards stepping up to the plate with something better.

11:21 Guy has finished Cheese Doodles, Snyder Low Fat Pretzels, Goldfish, Doritos, White Cheddar Popcorn, Snyder Thin Pretzels, and second bag of SLFP’s. Read more »

Retired NFL player Bryce Fisher is a University of Chicago Booth School of Business student who will graduate next year. This summer he’s interning in Bank of America’s LevFin group. He’s 6’3, 265 pounds and whereas his fellow interns would probably pass out at the sight of a stack of Double Downs, hundreds of oysters or the entire contents of a vending machine, all he sees is a light lunch. Think about it.

  • 03 Aug 2009 at 4:53 PM

Our Hero!

vending_int.jpgIt is true, with the MDs either in the South of France with a touch of the vay-cay, in Como trying desperately to sell the summer villa, or negotiating with Cuomo for that last chance at freedom, August is typically a slow month in finance. Fortunately, a close friend and associate of Dealbreaker has agreed to break the monotony, and pick up the pace.
The Anal_yst, much known and much loved has elected to throw down the gauntlet and revive the long-standing Dealbreaker tradition: The Vending Machine Challenge. Go Anal_yst. We’re looking forward to pictures.

Date: May 29, 2008
Aspirant: Tim “T-Bone”
Firm: FTN
Type: Traditional Vending Machine Challenge
Time: 8 Hours
Result: Failure – 27 of 35 items consumed.
Excuse: None offered.

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  • 13 Nov 2008 at 6:48 PM

The Dealbreaker Chronicle of Vending Machine Challenges

Date: May 29, 2008
Aspirant: Tim “T-Bone”
Firm: FTN
Time: 8 Hours
Result: Failure – 27 of 35 items consumed.
Excuse: None offered.
Date: August 22, 2008
Aspirant: Unknown
Firm: Unknown
Time: 3 hours 56 minutes
Result: Failure
Excuse: Borderline Sodium-Induced Seizure
Date: November 13, 2008
Aspirant: Unknown
Firm: Unknown
Time: Unknown
Result: Failure – 24 of 36 items consumed.
Excuse: “The apple pie was just too much.”