Cover Your Nose and Ears: The World Burping Championship

If you are one of those people who are squeamish about burping, belching and other bodily activities, you shouldn’t be proceeding ahead to read this article.

As gross as it may sound, there actually is a World Burping Championship where participants are encouraged to drink gallons of Mountain Dew and Diet Coke, and burp as long as they possibly can. The one who burps for the longest duration walks home with the championship trophy. The first annual World Burping Championship was held in New York City and 5 contestants were chosen to take part in it.

35-year-old Tim “Eater X” Janus walked home with the prize, after he burped for a nauseating 18.1 seconds. He also had this to say: “You just have to force every last bit of air up. It’s beautiful, really.” I will pass on this one, thank you.

The idea behind holding such a weird competition is to help people understand that ‘burping is not a disgusting activity but something that must be encouraged’. Thanks, but no thanks. I would rather take a look at this Cockfighting Robot Championship, that isn’t filled with sounds that originate from human orifices. Suddenly, robots seem very endearing and pleasing to me.