I’m told that one trick to the astonishing feats carried out by world-class competitive eaters is that your satiety sensor is on something like a twenty-minute delay; so you can really pack an immense amount of food into your body before your brain realizes you’re doing something your stomach doesn’t want you to do.
I was talking to a colleague who wants to start a blog and asked for some advice, and I realized that blogging is kind of like this, too. My math posts are very casual and full of mistakes, and the reason is that my practice is to write a post as soon as it occurs to me — I then have about a half hour before my brain says “Wait, you’re supposed to be working right now.” So in that half hour I have to write as fast as I can, like Kobayashi smashing hot dogs into his mouth.
Yes, this is me blogging:
Is this a good time to mention that I once drank a gallon of milk in four minutes? Here are my tips for success at this important task:
- Filling and chugging and refilling and rechugging a glass, rather than drinking straight from the jug; this makes it more like doing a normal thing ten times in very short succession, rather than the abnormal and stupid thing that you are actually doing;
- Not knowing it’s supposed to be impossible;
- Being 16.