publication date: Thursday, November 5, 2020 (part of Fall 2020)

category: Controversy

clue: Long before today's professional competitive eaters, this Frenchman made a freak-show living eating anything and everything, and briefly tried serving in the military as a courier by using his stomach.

explanation: Tarrare was an 18th-century Frenchman remembered for his insatiable appetite and willingness to eat solid objects. He served in the French military and briefly tried conveying classified documents via his stomach. more…

difficulty: easy

solved by: Russ Wilhelm, Steve West, Samir Mehta, LaVonne Lemler, Chris Lemler, Richard Slominsky, Denise Sawicki, and Erik Bates


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