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Man wins eating contest - then dies

By Reuters | Sep 22, 2011 | COMMENTS [ 103 ]

He ate 10 dumplings in half a minute to win 1st prize - a one-litre jar of sour cream

A 77-year-old Ukrainian man won a jar full of sour cream for coming first in a dumpling eating contest and then promptly died, local media reported.

Ivan Mendel ate 10 dumplings in half a minute to win first place and a one-litre jar of sour cream in the contest held in the town of Tokmak in the southeastern Zaporizhya region on September 18, Fakty I Kommentarii newspaper said.

Shortly afterwards, Mendel became unwell and died, according to local news websites.

Dumplings, called "vareniki" in the former Soviet republic, are a staple of Ukrainian cuisine and are often stuffed with a range of fillings from mushrooms to cherries.

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Sep 22, 2011 9:54 | 0 replies

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From: KU.KU KU.KU []
Sent: 22 September 2011 10:23 AM

Hi All my friends,

I have received the below e-mail yesterday from Sowetanlive Team about my username "KU.KU" which some people see it as inappropriate. I would like to ask each and evryone of you a big favour. Can all of you who would still like to keep contact with me to be on my side and send an e-mail to SOWETANLIVE telling them Not to block my username as I am not prepared to use a diferent name - and i would really really appreciate it if you can copy me on those e-mail so that i can atleast know who has voted for me - if you don't do that, i won't be able to communicate with you anymore and i will also not be able to blog on Sowetanlive which means that all the fun and advices won't be there for any of you. I will not change my username even if it's for a price.

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From: KU.KU KU.KU <>
To: Razia Pillay <>
Cc: Sowetan Tell Us <>
Sent: Thursday, September 22, 2011 10:02 AM
Subject: Re: Your username on SowetanLIVE
Hi Razia,

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If you decide to block my username – i would like to say the below:
Thank you so much for such a great opportunity to be part of such great people with different backgrounds’ cultures and races race. I had such a great time on Sowetan blog and wouldn't trade that memory for anything. I have started Sowetanlive site from the beginning in 2010 September and now have a year on the block and having all the bloggers even though I never really knew who some of them are and none of them knows me - I feel like I know them personally. There are great fun bloggers, arrogant, humbled, stupid, mentally retarded, physically challenged, beautiful, handsome, educated, illiterate and all kinds of people you can think of.
I must say that i was the most popular blogger in the very same day i registered – i managed to be a brand on the blog which is forever happy and i was also one of the most participating bloggers on line. My popularity is also noticeable in Lesotho and Botswana Social networks and i would also here my fellow S.African’s talking about KU.KU in different places. I would here people talking about KU.KU while socializing but not knowing that I am indeed KU.KU, many people have claimed to know who KU.KU and wrong people have been accused of being KU.KU but the funny part is no-one knows who i am apart from my husband who would sometimes read my comments in his spare time and would kilI. himself into laughter. I was hoping that one day Sowetan would give bloggers a party OR some kinds of socialize and that’s where I would come out as KU.KU but that dream seem to happen anymore.

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Thank you so much Sowetan

With lots of Love:

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Tel: No cellphone yet

From: Razia Pillay <>
To: "" <>
Cc: Sowetan Tell Us <>
Sent: Wednesday, September 21, 2011 12:16 PM
Subject: Your username on SowetanLIVE
Hi 'KU.KU'

This is Razia from Sowetan LIVE.

We have been receiving numerous complaints from the big guys (the editors, and public editors of Sowetan) regarding certain usernames on our site. Your username comes up the most in discussions.

The online team had hoped to let it just slide - as we do enjoy your presence (i.e your popularity with other readers) on the site... but the editors are now on our throats - regarding these names.

Can we please ask you to re-register and change your username to something that fits within our guidelines ....? We would really appreciate your co-operation. We can help you re-register if you like..?

Thanks and kind regards
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Sep 22, 2011 11:24 | 0 replies

You eat, you die. You starve, you die...

Sep 22, 2011 11:44 | 0 replies

@Ku.Ku, shame dear. Change your username to Sowetanhaerateku.ku

Sep 22, 2011 11:45 | 0 replies

what an excellent way of comitting suicide, people should learn from this timer....

Sep 22, 2011 11:47 | 0 replies

Ku.ku my dear just give them that piece of cake and they will start sing your praise i promise.
and bear in mind i'm waiting in the wings for it .

Sep 22, 2011 11:58 | 0 replies

@Ku.Ku, shame dear. Change your username to Sowetanhaerateku.ku

Ku.ku my dear just give them that piece of cake and they will start sing your praise i promise.
and bear in mind i'm waiting in the wings for it .

kwaaakwaaaaakwaaaaa....I can bet that the Editor who doesn't want my name is a man NOT woman.
He is clearly not thinking with his head - he's thinking with his small head...kikikikiki

I have few suggested named:
1. Sowetanfiredme
2. Sowetan-hate-me
3. Ke-ganne-Editor
4. Editor-eya-nshela
5. Sowetan-ena-le-jelous
6. Editor-e-nagana-ka-small-head
7. Editor-e-nagana-ka-3rd-leg
8. Sowetan-e-nhloile
12.Editor-e-swere-ke letswai

Any more suggestion....please...

Sep 22, 2011 12:7 | 0 replies

@Ku.Ku other suggested usenames:

1. Sowetanhaerateku.ku
2. Editor-o-tshaba-phuben
3. Editor-haetsebe-hokota
4. Editor-ona-lemashishi-amangata
5. Ku.ku-setabola-marete

LOL! I can just imagine.......

Sep 22, 2011 12:18 | 0 replies

kwaaaaaaakwaaaaaaakwaaaaaakwaaaaaaaa - They will block me...kikikikikiki (falling off my chair)

Sep 22, 2011 12:21 | 0 replies

this confirms that AGE aint nothing but a number!!!!!
this competions is also done in kenya by SWAHIL AND MAASIR ppl

Sep 22, 2011 12:34 | 0 replies

Guys -it's almost month end and most of us are only getting paid on the 25th.

Most of my collegues say they are on a diet...kikiikikikikiki.....they are lying, ga ba na choice.
My friend said she's not eating with me today - she's got a stomach bug - so she'll drink cofee...kikikikikiki

Sep 22, 2011 12:36 | 0 replies