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You’ve probably never heard of the 10,000-calorie challenge - not if you're sane, that is

You’ve probably never heard of the 10,000-calorie challenge – you’ve probably never even realised a 10,000 calorie challenge existed – but welcome to the internet, a place where the mundane and the insane collide.

Right now, YouTube stars around the world are taking on the task to scoff down 10,000 calories over the course of a day, with some nailing it in a single sitting.

Former Miss Earth model, the kiwi Nela Zisser, managed to eat more than 10,000 calories of bacon, eggs, sausage, tomato, mushrooms, and more eggs, in just 42 minutes. With everything cooked in copious amounts of butter, of course.

The svelte YouTube star called it a “really fun challenge” and welcome relief from previous single-food challenges where she’d eaten 100 cheeseburgers, a 2 kilogram curry and 100 pieces of sushi.

Searching “10,000 calorie challenge” on YouTube returns over 100,000 videos, chock-full of pancakes, chips and burgers and a lot of pained groaning. And it’s not just a bunch of weirdos talking into the void, either.

Somehow the top video has almost 10 million views, and challengers are easily getting view counts in the millions.

So far there have been no reports of deaths or hospitalisations, but we don’t recommend it.

Of course, don’t take our word for it. Check some of them out yourself.

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