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Man who ate 413 biscuits revealed as hoax

Posted on Monday, 24 June, 2013 | Comment icon 31 comments

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Food writer Kevin Shalin was said to have ended up in hospital after attempting to beat an eating record.

Also known as "The Mighty Rib", Shalin allegedly managed to scoff hundreds of the butter-rich snacks at the Red Lobster restaurant in Arkansas. The latest in a long line of food writers and critics to gorge on the eatery's Cheddar Bay Biscuits, he was reported to have managed a whopping 413 before falling to the ground convulsing. He was quickly taken to hospital where doctors had to drain two gallons of butter from his system.

"He sat down at the bar while we were waiting on a table and he decided to try one of the biscuits," said food writer Daniel Walker. "He thought they were the most wonderful thing he ever placed in his mouth."

Update: The story doesn't end there however - it has since emerged that the 413 biscuits claim was in fact a hoax published in the Rock City Times and later re-tweeted by Kevin Shalin himself. It doesn't look like he actually ate himself in to a coma after all.

"A food writer trying to beat a restaurant’s customer record of scoffing hundreds of butter-rich cakes failed - and slipped into a coma."

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Comment icon #22 Posted by TwilightSilver on 24 June, 2013, 15:30
I think Adam Richman has a new Man vs. Food challenge to beat....
Comment icon #23 Posted by Saru on 24 June, 2013, 16:03
Yes it appears that this article was in fact a hoax: Even Sharin himself helped to circulate it, guess he didn't eat 413 biscuits after all.
Comment icon #24 Posted by Junior Chubb on 24 June, 2013, 16:12
413, unlucky for some, outright lies for others...
Comment icon #25 Posted by Euphorbia on 24 June, 2013, 16:19
(Porcupine meatloaf)? Two words I would never think to put together in a sentence.
Comment icon #26 Posted by rashore on 24 June, 2013, 17:31
Heh, if it's what my mom made when I was a kid... It's meatloaf with rice in it. You start out with it uncooked, and it cooks in the meatloaf. But really, I can't believe this piece is going around and being believed like it is. 413 biscuits in one sitting? No way. They drained two gallons of butter from him? Yeah, because butter separates from baked goods in the body, unhuh. And over eating of buttery biscuits can send a person into a coma, since when? And it's not just UM that fell for it, plenty of other sites did too.
Comment icon #27 Posted by Wickian on 24 June, 2013, 20:01
Porcupine quills + cow muscle = massive amounts of protein. All jokes aside, it is just a normal meatloaf(well, my recipe for a normal meatloaf) with a few handfuls of rice. I usually just make porcupine balls in a small pan when I'm in the mood for them, but I went big that night.
Comment icon #28 Posted by Sundew on 25 June, 2013, 12:19
Slipping into a Korma could be bad for your Karma.
Comment icon #29 Posted by kobolds on 26 June, 2013, 8:50
in order to eat
Comment icon #30 Posted by Ad hoc on 29 June, 2013, 1:29
I like the gentle sense of humour of the original article. It's kinda... almost believable, if not for talk of butter jamming brain signals and deions of his beard covered in crumbs. Haha... I can see why people fell for it. almost comes across as careless reporting of a real event.
Comment icon #31 Posted by Skeptic Chicken on 5 July, 2013, 17:42
So, in the end it was just someone seeking attention?

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