Say Cheese! Please....
Sonya Thomas, a 100pound woman, won the World Grilled Cheese Eating Contest in New York (2/1/2006). Thomas is known as the "Black Widow" because of her many defeats of larger male competitors. Some interesting data about Thomas was released as part of that contest:
 She won the contest by eating 26 sandwiches in 10 minutes
 She had predicted that she would eat 30 sandwiches during the contest
 She claimed that she gained 10 pounds during the contest
 She holds records for previous eating contests: 46 dozen oysters in 10 minutes, 11 pounds of cheesecake in 9 minutes, 48 chicken tacos in 11 minutes, 37 hot dogs and buns in 12 minutes, 250 tater tots in 5 minutes, 40 crabcakes in 12 minutes, 52 hardboiled eggs in 5 minutes, and 56 hamburgers in 8 minutes.
Some interesting questions easily arise that need to be explored:
[Q#1] At her given rate, how long would it have taken Thomas to eat the claimed 30 sandwiches?
[Q#2] How long would it take Thomas to eat a single grilled cheese sandwich?
[Q#3] In another contest, Thomas ate 65 hardboiled eggs in 6 minutes, 40 seconds? Is this more or less impressive than her eating of 52 hard boiled eggs in 5 minutes? Explain.
[Q#4] Suppose each contest Thomas entered was onehour long:
 How many grilled cheese sandwiches would she eat? How much weight would she expect to gain?
 How many dozen oysters would she eat?
 How many pounds of cheesecake would she eat?
 How many chichen tacos would she eat?
 How many hot dogs and buns would she eat?
 How many tater tots would she eat?
 How many crab cakes would she eat?
 How many hard boiled eggs would she eat?
 How many hamburgers would she eat?
If you want to know more about Sonya Thomas's eating exploits or see more pictures, consult her personal web page.
Source: AP Press, February 1, 2006
