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Competitive Eaters Seek to Weigh Hasselhoff's Head
1/10/2006


The IFOCE hopes to secure the information prior to the January 21 Big Daddy Burger Contest, which features a nine-pound hamburger purported to be larger than Hasselhoff’s head.

Last year, at the Plaza Hotel & Casino burger-eating event in Las Vegas, many eaters claimed that the burger was significantly larger than the head of the acclaimed musician and Baywatch actor. Others cited Hasselhoff’s size (6’4”) and said it was likely that his head weighed more than 11 pounds.

“Unless we are certain of its weight, it is irresponsible to use Mr. Hasselhoff’s head as a standard by which to measure this burger,” said IFOCE President Richard Shea.

Shea has written a letter to Hasselhoff requesting voluntary participation in a (non-surgical) weighing procedure. The weighing process will either employ volumetrics (submersion in water) or require Hasselhoff to lie on a table with his head extended over the edge onto a scale.

“The weighing process will be painless and non-invasive and should take no more than 15 minutes, excluding travel time to and from the agreed-upon weighing facility,” Shea said.

The resolution to the so-called "Burger Head" dispute appears to rest on whether Hasselhoff’s head is significantly larger than average. According to the Department of Anatomy & Histology, University of Sydney, an adult human cadaver head cut off at vertebra C3, with no hair, weighs between 4.5 and 5 kg (between 9.9 and 10.23 pounds).

“It would seem likely that the head of an individual 6’4” in height would weigh considerably more than the average head, but we cannot assert this without confirmation,” Shea said.

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