From the current issue of Lapham’s Quarterly, a collection of facts and anecdotes about food. I can’t pick a favorite, so here are three:
Paul Newman’s character amazingly eats fifty hard-boiled eggs in one hour in Cool Hand Luke. Sixty-five hard-boiled eggs eaten in sixty minutes and forty seconds is the actual world record, held by Sonya Thomas.
As to why he didn’t drink water, an inebriated W. C. Fields purportedly responded, “Fish fuck in it.”
“As if I swallowed a baby,” said William Makepeace Thackeray about eating his first oyster.