I like popcorn

Crazy Legs Conti:

To mark the premiere on Tuesday of a film about his life as a competitive eater, Crazy Legs Conti is trying to eat his way out of a telephone booth-size structure filled with popcorn.

Conti, 33, donned a diving mask and snorkel on Tuesday inside the lobby of the Manhattan movie theater that will show the film and lowered himself into a "popcorn sarcophagus," a wooden, windowed structure, to begin munching.

He vowed to eat his way through the 50 cubic feet of salted, buttered popcorn in about eight hours, in time for the movie's premiere on Tuesday evening.


25 Responses:

  1. tfofurn says:

    I want to know how he plans to do it without dehydrating. I think that much salt will force him to hit the bathroom well before the eight hours is up.

  2. jette says:

    OMG a fellow Frank Asch fan.

  3. Crazy Legs is a fantastic name for a guy who's going to eat his way out of a phone booth full of popcorn.

  4. autodidactic says:

    Where the hell is he gonna poop?


  5. mactavish says:

    If his experience matches mine, within a very short period of time, the contents of his intestine will shout, "EVACUATE! EVACUATE!" Popcorn, in quantity, is just like that.

    I won't want to be anywhere near the popcorn left in the box when that happens.

  6. tongodeon says:

    So that was Tuesday. Did he make it?

  7. giles says:

    God Bless Americaâ„¢.

  8. cetan says:


    Richard Shea, who introduced Conti as the "Houdini of Cuisini," held a sledgehammer throughout the event in case an emergency occurred. After eating what appeared to be eight cubic feet of popcorn -- a number considered impossible by most -- Conti eventually conceded that he could go no further.

    "Evil Knievel had Snake Canon, I have the Popcorn Sarcophagus," Conti said. "I will try this again and again until I overcome the challenge."

  9. fobarboy says:

    Not a "Very Good story" I mean how can he have " donned a diving mask and snorkel" and then eaten anything. Even without the picture it's obvious a snorkel would be a bad way to eat popcorn.

  10. jkonrath says:

    Given that this was in New York and we have probably the worst movie prices around and the popcorn ain't cheap either, anyone want to venture a guess on how much popcorn he ate, in dollars and cents?

    I guess an easy approach would be (volume of booth - volume left - his volume) / (volume of regular popcorn)/(cost of regular popcorn)

    Maybe it would be easier to do by weight, but I don't know if the weight of salt and butter would throw off the equation or something.