If you’re reading this, odds are pretty good that you already know what the bacon explosion is, and that I already made one. If not, you should click those links. After finishing it off last time, I talked about wanting to do a speed run; eat the whole thing in one day. This week, my friend Amanda challenged me, and I can’t turn down a challenge.
Thus was born, ‘Bacon Explosion Day’, which will be held every year on April 16th from here on out. Making it was just as fun this time, and it went faster since I knew what I was doing. I learned a couple things as well; don’t forget to put rub on the bottom, and to cook it a little longer than last time.
My labmate Ed brought in a blood pressure monitor to check it through the day. I didn’t expect much change, but it actually went up from 121/69 with a pulse of 91 to 162/92 with a pulse of 73.
As Jailu informed me, this classifies me as having hypertension. Joy. I’m going to have to try and get in a lot of exercise this weekend, and maybe strive for eating healthy for a little bit. It was brought up that my experience is reminiscent of Bruce Bogtrotter from Matilda. Check out the cake scene on YouTube.
What did I learn? I had to drink a lot of water. In retrospect, I wish I would have monitored just how much, but probably at least 2 gallons easy. It was harder than I expected at first, but I got used to it. Challenging? Yes. Impossible? Far from it.
Coming back to the blood pressure issue, I discussed this with Shashi, who’s in med school:
Will: but yeah, in your near-doctorly opinion: the high blood pressure, will that subside to normal levels overnight, or soon thereafter?
Shashi: I mean, im assuming your healthy and will be fine as soon as you pee a lot
Will: so you think the blood pressure rise was primarily due to salt content?
Shashi: probably entirely
Shashi: you increase the volume in the extracellular compartment
Shashi: more water = more plasma volume
Shashi: and more plasma volume = more blood pressure
Will: interesting; well thank you good sir
Shashi: I hope im right
Shashi: not about you being okay, just cuz im not so good with renal phys for boards
I twittered about it throughout the day, and got some pretty entertaining feedback. Here are some highlights:
empty_space: “You are going to give yourself and everyone around you simultaneous heart attacks. I can’t wait!”
RussSanders: “This is hilarious to witness via Twitter. It’s like “super size me” with bacon.“
mikeconaty: “I am eager to adopt you as my Sensei and teacher. Please consider live streaming at least the first 1lbs worth. :-)”
tavianne: “Its been an hour since your last tweet. Are you okay? Or has the Bacon Explosion done you in?”
Fabtraption: “If you die from this bacon explosion, I’ll be proud to attend your funeral.”
davemunger: “At my age, about the only sane way to experience something like that is vicariously”
alightheart: “needs a chorus (a la Bruce Bogtrotter) of Will Will Will as he finishes his bacon explosion. http://twitpic.com/3dxbx“
chemrat: “I can’t believe you ate the whole thing…you are the bacon god :->”
raichan: “Congratulations on hitting Stage 2 Hypertension, sir!”
While all of the above tweets were replies to me, empty_space and davemunger were also kind enough to spread the word:
empty_space: “Check out @willandbeyond. He’s attempting to eat an entire Bacon Explosion in one day! http://twitter.com/willandbeyond/status/1533852145“
davemunger: “See @willandbeyond — he’s livetweeting his ingestion of an entire Bacon Explosion. Complete with blood pressure/pulse updates”
Thanks to everyone else who replied to me, your support was entertaining: bsperrinjr, InvaderXan, 72suited, letssitoutside, o0omunkieo0o, JesseDill, pouy, BBQAddictsJason, justinlevy, and jayhawkbabe.
Expect more bacon explosion related updates in about a month; Amanda, who challenged me, has agreed to try this herself.
One man, one day, lots of meat
Now high blood pressure?