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Randy Santel celebrates in style

By editorial assistant Sandi Toxic

Posted June 27, 2013
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Get the beers in! Randy (centre) relaxes after his monster birthday blow-out. © Randy Santel

Randy Santel is a man on a mission: a mission to eat his age in freebie birthday meals.

Some people spend their birthdays chucking up in a bucket.

Others just wallow in self-pity, lamenting the inescapable passage of time and the inevitable approach of the grave.

Not Randy Santel, though, the Missouri-born, Kansas-based competitive eater and bodybuilder who has just proven once and for all that there is such a thing as a free lunch.

And he should know because he spent his recent 27th birthday (24/6/13) shoving a whole flippin' load of 'em down his gob.

Twenty-seven in fact, one for each year he's been here.

Well, it certainly makes a change from 15 pints and a curry, eh?

"There are many restaurants in the States that give free food out on birthdays," Randy reveals in an exclusive facebookification with the Rake & Herald.

"You typically have to sign up for their online e-club."

"Some have buy-one-get-one-free coupons and some have free food without needing to purchase anything."

However, "only a few of the 27 restaurants" Randy besieged on his bithday bash "had to be negotiated" beforehand.

"I felt terrible afterwards and I felt terrible the whole next day," he continues.

"I was very happy that we did it though!"

"I started with a 5 a.m. cardio workout and filmed until midnight."

"It was a long day of eating and dancing."

So what was his favourite freebie along the way?

The beer at the end or something else before he hit the bar?

Answer: "The S'mores Blizzard at Dairy Queen – delicious!!"

But that strange wiggling shaking thing he was doing, was it an involuntary reaction to consuming 16,353 calories in 16 hours or some kind of advanced gurgitational technique to quell the grub in his stomach?

Neither, it transpires.

"It's called the Bernie Dance, which is from an old movie called Weekend At Bernie's."

"It's pretty popular now and was easy to do!"

Fair play, Randy.

Thanks for answering our questions and many happy returns!

Now, who was it that said you can't have your (birthday) cake and eat it?

The above video was produced by Ignite Media Marketing and is embedded on the Rake & Herald from Randy's craw-cramming-crammed YouTube channel, which you can peruse at your leisure here. Meanwhile, make sure you also check out Randy's website, Twitter feed and FaceBook page. The man's a star. We just can't wait to see what he does when he turns 90.

WARNING! Competitive eating can be dangerous. As well as choking hazards there is also the possibility of poisoning yourself, something that could lead to hospitalisation, permanent health damage and even death. Don't believe us? Read this. As such, the Rake & Herald does not recommend you try emulating the above video(s) yourself. Seriously. We are NOT joking. You have been warned.

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