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The skinny: Virginia woman devours 181 chicken wings in New York eating contest

She's no chicken

Black Widow eats her way to wing record

The Black Widow of eating contests gobbled up nearly 181 chicken wings in 12 minutes, devouring the national championship record in Buffalo, N.Y., on Sunday. Sonya Thomas, 5 feet and 105 pounds, ate 4.86 pounds of chicken wings, besting the 6-2, 230-pound Joey Chestnut, who ate 169 wings, or 4.55 pounds, at the ninth annual National Buffalo Wing Festival, inspired by the 2001 Bill Murray comedy Osmosis Jones, about a compulsive eater. Buffalo is said to be the birthplace of the wings, typically fried and covered in tangy vinegar and hot sauce. It was the first time Thomas, 43, of Alexandria, Va., who set the wings record in 2005 when she ate 174 in 12 minutes, and Chestnut of San Jose faced off in a chicken wing eating contest. Thomas, who calls herself the Black Widow because she often defeats bigger male competitors, also set eating records for oysters, hard-boiled eggs, cheesecake and jalapeno peppers. She won her first competitive eating event in 2003.

Eccentric leader

Space may be his final frontier

A Russian regional leader who claims to have visited an alien spaceship says he is retiring. Kirsan Ilyumzhinov told Interfax agency Monday that will step down after his term expires in October. Since 1993, Ilyumzhinov has headed the predominantly Buddhist southern province of Kalmykia. The arid, impoverished area is dominated by Mongol-speaking Kalmyks. Ilyumzhinov has also been president of FIDE, the International Chess Federation governing body, since 1995. Aside from the spaceship claim, Ilyumzhinov says he uses hypnosis in daily communication and consults clairvoyants in his business affairs.

philly phanatics

They bare it all to promote clean air

Hundreds of naked and partially nude cyclists pedaled their way through Philadelphia to promote bicycling awareness and cleaner air. Some of the buff bikers wore body paint, some were in bathing suits and some were completely naked. It was the second year for the Philly Naked Bike Ride. Similar rides have taken place in more than 70 cities worldwide since 2004.

Methuselah mystery

Japan centenarian population drops

It began in late July when city officials discovered that Sogen Kato, 111 and believed to be Tokyo's oldest living man, had been dead for 32 years — his mummified body gathering dust at home while his family collected pension installments. Since then, local governments have deleted the resident registrations of 241 of 297 missing people recorded as centenarians, according to a nationwide investigation by the Yomiuri Shimbun. One centenarian had good reason for being MIA: The person was registered as being age 200.

Compiled from Times wire services and other sources.

The skinny: Virginia woman devours 181 chicken wings in New York eating contest 09/03/10 [Last modified: Tuesday, November 1, 2011 5:12pm]
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