For lucky and highly devoted Buffalo wing lovers the world over, this weekend was their pilgrimage to hot-sauce-and-blue-cheese Valhalla.
The annual National Buffalo Wing Festival took place in (of course) Buffalo, N.Y., and thousands enjoyed the sights, smells, and especially tastes.
But wouldn't you know that People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals had a bone to pick, of sorts, with Drew Cerza, who runs the whole belly-filling shindig.
And this time (yes, PETA has come after Cerza and fest before), the animal-rights group wasn't merely concerned about chickens.
PETA asked Cerza to bar pregnant women from taking part in the annual wing-eating contest because when they consume poultry, it might harm the physical development of male babies'...sex organs.
To wit: Birth defects "including smaller-than-average penises for newborn boys," wrote PETA’s associate director of campaigns Lindsay Rajt in her double entendre-filled missive, the Daily Caller notes.
Interestingly Dr. Shanna H. Swan, who conducted the research cited by PETA, told Women’s Health, “I think any link between eating buffalo wings — even by pregnant women — and the size of their son’s genitals is very tenuous.”
No word if Cerza conceded to PETA's plea, but there was a first this year: a meatless alternative on the menu...hummus dip and breaded green beans coated with hot sauce and Gorgonzola cheese, according to The Buffalo News.
You can read about all the winners in the wing-eating contests on the even Facebook page, but to cut to the chase...the women at the men under the table this year.
Taking home the first-place trophy was competitive eater Miki Sudo, who consumed 178 wings (or 6.7 pounds) in 12 minutes; in second was Michelle Lesco (4.6 pounds); taking third was Sonya Thomas (4.32 pounds).
If you can stomach it, here's the long-form video of the wing-eating contest:
(H/T: Weasel Zippers)