The Major League Eaters -- yes, there's a professional and competitive organization for eaters -- will descend upon Peter's Clam Bar in Island Park (600 Long Beach Rd.) on Memorial Day to decide who can slurp down the most cherrystone clams in six minutes.

Last year's champion, Juliet Lee of Maryland, used all 105 pounds of her body to down 23 dozen clams in six minutes. That was a world record.

Let's do some math here, people:

   23 dozen x 12 clams in a dozen = 276 cherrystone clams

   6 minutes x 60 seconds in a minute = 360 seconds

   276 clams / 360 seconds = 0.77 clams per second

   360 seconds / 276 clams = 1.30 seconds per clam

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Oh, sweet buttery clambakes!

Lee, 44, will be on hand on Memorial Day to defend her title, as will Eric "Badlands" Booker from Selden, ranked No. 12 in the world. "Eater X" Janus and Sonya "The Black Widow" Thomas are also among the major-league eaters expected at the table.

The event starts at 1 p.m. on Memorial Day, and LOL strongly recommends you take in the experience. It's like Nathan's Hot Dog eating contest on July 4 in Coney Island, but with fewer spectators.

So before you hit up the sand and boardwalk in Long Beach, go watch people wolf down cherrystone clams in the name of competition.

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