When Matt Stonie has a tough day at work, it must be hard for him to find someone who can sympathize.

That's because the 22-year-old Stonie is a competitive eater specializing in, you guessed it, bacon.

In 2012 Stonie became somewhat of an Internet sensation after posting a video to YouTube of himself downing more than 3,000 calories worth of bacon. It has garnered upwards of half a million views.

But that task pales in comparison to what Stonie pulled off recently at the Daytona 500. In a competition sponsored by Smithfield Meats, Stonie set a new world record by eating 182 slices of bacon in five minutes.


Stonie is one of the fastest rising stars in competitive eating. He's currently the youngest member of Major League Eating and is already its second-ranked competitor, behind only Joey Chestnut. Indeed, Chestnut had some words for his young rival after Stonie's impressive performance.

Making Stonie's accomplishments all the more impressive is the fact that he isn't the biggest guy around -- he stands 5-foot-6 and weighs 120 pounds. And if you think Stonie is naive to the deleterious health effects of bacon, think again. He's majoring in nutrition at Mission College in Santa Clara, Calif.

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