History of H.O.E.S.
We know that since last year’s Hands on an Eggplant Sub contest went 63 hours, the prospect of entering this year’s must seem pretty daunting. We thought we’d put together a brief history of the contest so you realize it doesn’t have to be that hard.
Here are some highlights from the last 5 years:
2006 – Lasted 14 hours – called at 3:30am by us as a tie – we simply did NOT expect anyone to last that long and were unprepared to monitor through the night. The prize that year was the most amazing thing Apple had ever invented: the iPod Nano. Since it was a tie, both winners got one.
The weather was below freezing and neighborhood folk were by their side through the night, throwing 100 dollar bills and 50’s their way in hopes of talking them in to giving up. They both had friends bring them sleeping bags and used jars to relieve themselves. Back then we didn’t announce the contest before hand so they signed up on the spot on a whim.
2007 – 31 hours – This was the last year of no bathroom breaks. The final 2 contestants reached the point where neither could hold it any longer so they made a truce to share the prize. They simultaneously both took their hands off and peed their respective pants. The prize? The appropriately named Nintendo Wii.
Little did they know we would make them come back to do a Home Slice “trivia off” in front of a packed restaurant to break the tie. The winner was a man named Dimitri. We think he hocked the Wii.
2008 – 7 hours – Seth Mazow won by sheer luck. Says Seth on his Year of the Pizza blog.: “The first competitor was a high school kid who dropped out when his mom picked him up, the second thought it would last for days and gave up because she wanted to go to a play the next day. Sonia, the fiercest of the bunch was in it for the long haul, but in one regrettable moment accidentally took her hand off the sub to readjust her blankets, thus forfeiting”. The prize was 1 year of free pizza.
2009 – 30.5 hours – Seth Mazow won again this time by sheer skill and preparedness. Erin (his fiancee) was the runner up. They both came prepared to win, according to Seth they had “layers of warm clothes, logo’d stress mats to stand on, sleeping bags to huddle in and had dehydrated bodies”. They secured another year of free pizza for them both.
2008 runner up Sonia missed the contest because we told her the wrong start time for the contest:(
One other thing of note from that year was that in the middle of the freezing, rainy night, a seemingly drunk driver in an SUV jumped the curb and sped directly towards all of the HOES, knocking over a stanchion and velvet rope before coming to a stop mere inches from them. NOT ONE of the competitors took their hands off the sub, despite their impending doom. The Competitor closest to the SUV, Giselle, is now one of our beloved employees.
2010 – 63 hours – yes…you are correct…pure insanity! We were certainly not expecting that.
We introduced Sponsor a H.O.E., in which the contestants had to be sponsored to compete by their friends and family. Sonia came back again and again she showed the determination and grit that served her so well in 2008. This time she was up against an equally determined Lauren Shugart. As the contest stretched into its 3rd morning and Fox 7 prepared for a live shot, Sonia accidentally removed her hand and Lauren was crowned the winner.
For you potential 2011 H.O.E.S., rest assured that we here at Home Slice will be doing everything in our power to make sure it never goes this long again. Not to take anything away from the respect we have for the amazing group that made it further than anyone, before but we don’t want to get anyone hurt!
2011 – ???
Since apparently Lauren and Sonia’s amazing feat from 2010 has discouraged anyone from giving it a try in 2011, we have decided to add a new twist: we are going to allow contestants to raise money DURING the contest. It will work like this:
- Contestants will be able to reach out to their network online using social media/email etc… to raise money online while keeping a hand on the sub.
- Bathroom breaks are 5 minutes every 10 hours; the top earner at each break will receive an extra minute for each $50 they have raised.
Sound good? Apply now.