The Saltine Challenge

October 2, 2005 at 11:20 PM | Food, Work | 5 Comments

eat this in 1 minuteThere is this thing going around saying that it is impossible to eat six saltine crackers in a minute without taking a drink of water. It’s not just on Wikipedia, I’ve actually found other people who have attempted this feat, but without success.

The thing about this challenge is that it sounds so incredibly easy. Just do the math. It’s a cracker every ten seconds… should be a piece of cake.

The whole thing actually started a couple weeks back when Amanda brought in a box of crackers to snack on. I don’t know a whole lot about all the different categories of crackers out there, but when I first saw her box of crackers, I thought that they were saltine crackers. I was informed, however, that they were actually “club” crackers. I got into this big debate with her about what kind of crackers she was eating… I kept insisting that what she was eating was Club brand saltine crackers. She kept saying that club crackers were a kind of cracker like animal crackers, oyster crackers, or graham crackers. And then I ate one. I’m still not certain who was right about whether “Club” is a brand or a type of cracker, but these were not your standard saltine crackers, I’ll give her that much. These crackers are not squares like saltines usually are and they had a buttery flavor to them. With all this talk about saltine crackers, somebody brought up how they’d heard that it was impossible to eat six of them in one minute without a drink of water. I looked into it a little bit and found similar claims floating around on the internet.

And then is when I suddenly got a craving for some unsalted saltine crackers. This wasn’t the first time that I’ve had this particular craving. Anyways, I picked up a box of unsalted saltines when I was at Wal-Mart the other day. They were unsurprisingly cheap.

I brought them into work the next day and after one of my co-workers tried the cracker challenge, all of a sudden, it started blowing up and everybody was trying it. People were trying all kinds of different things… we had people doing one at a time, three at a time… we even had a guy try to eat all 6 at a time. Nobody finished in under a minute. Albert and I tied with the lowest time of 1 minute and 14 seconds. What makes eating these crackers so difficult is the fact that they instantly suck up all of the moisture in your mouth and your ability to swallow is greatly hindered. And it only gets worse as you eat more crackers… so if you are trying this, you might as well give up if you haven’t finished up your third cracker in about 20-25 seconds.

We went through two (of the four) columns of crackers that day. It was totally worth it, though. I think we’re going to try again on Monday… we’re so close that I don’t believe that it can’t be done. I’ll be sure and let you know if we get it under a minute.

Current Record: 54.3 seconds (me)


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  1. Its the same thing withc Pretzles.

    Comment by Tony — October 3, 2005 #

  2. A new record has been set. 1 minute and 11.5 seconds. I am totally ready to bust this myth with my “salted” crackers.

    Comment by Chandrak — October 3, 2005 #

  3. OK, I’ve got the new record of 54.3 seconds… it’s not impossible! Kids, you can do anything if you just believe in yourself and follow your dreams!

    Comment by LloydSkoyd — October 3, 2005 #

  4. Oh, the saltine challenge! I’ve tried it many many times, I can’t seem to get below 1 min and, like, 6 seconds. I practice alone in my room sometimes. I have, however, seen it done in around 58 seconds. Just tell people it is 7 saltines in a minute, it sounds just as easy and really would be impossible. Also, check out this dinosaur comic about the subject (even though they have liberally changed it to a whopping 12 saltines)

    Comment by Rachael — October 4, 2005 #

  5. i totally dominated this challenge. leo saw me. 12 crackers… no way.

    Comment by ryan — October 13, 2005 #

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