A: a can of beer. A tinny can also be a small aluminum, boat. We love Australian slang. Much of it we could never say on the radio. Here's a listing of some of our favorites.
Well, since the Niners and the Raiders both let us down this weekend, we had to rely on San Jose's Joey Chestnut. And he sure came through for us yesterday. The competitive eating champion won the Famiglia World Pizza Eating Championship in New York, slamming down 45 slices in ten minutes. That's not a typo. Joey edged out Patrick "Deep Dish" Bertoletti by two slices. Deep Dish is,of course, from Chicago. Did you know that pizza can be "fast" or "slow" in the world of competitive eating? Fast would be pizza that's warm and not too dry - a combination that's more conducive to pie sliding down the gullet quicker. Mr.Chestnut picked up 5 grand for his victory, and also holds eating records in hot dogs, fried asparagus, jalapeno poppers, among other things. And there really is an International Federation of Competitive Eating.
Another Bay Area weekend hero. Lafayette's Hans Florine, and Japan's Yuji Hirayama broke their own speed record for climbing El Capitan in Yosemite National Park. They made it in 2 hours, 37 minutes and 5 seconds. It usually takes three days plus. They finished with quite a flair, by doing what's called a "King Swing" - a 360 degree spin on a 90 foot rope pendulum. That makes me queasier than Joey Chestnut's pizza escapades. The trip back down the mountain takes about 40 minutes. Faster if you're not careful.