Competitive Eating

We are both impressed and a little queasy at the thought of the following item from the August 5, 1904 Skidmore Standard (Skidmore, Missouri), page 4:

Thos. Lyle of Parnell was visiting his brother, M. A., in this city this week.  We have heard a great deal said about him as he claims to be the champion banana eater in Nodaway county and perhaps in the state.  He says that he can eat forty bananas at one sitting without making him sick.