"You win again, you magnificent beast!"
Bob and Alice
are in a competitive mood and ready to prove one's superiority over the other. Or maybe they're just hanging around on the couch with nothing to do other than drink lots of gassy beverages. In any case, they decide that there is a competition in order. How will they choose to match their skills? Playing a game of chess? Video games? Pistols at dawn? Nope. They'll just chug their drinks and belch. Loudest belch wins.
Basically, a Burping Contest
is exactly what it sounds like
. It happens in fiction, but clearly this is inspired by that timeless party game, most popular amongst the frat boy demographic but enjoyed by many children and adults around the world. This is a favored activity of the Gasshole
, even if the person they challenge doesn't accept.
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- A sort of burping contest happens in the 1959 version of Ben Hur when Ben Hur is treated to dinner by the local sheik. After the sheik lets out a huge burp, he looks to Ben, who gives a blank look back until prompted by nonverbal cues by Balthasar to let out his own (smaller, but still audible) burp.
- Not a burping contest. In certain cultures, burping after the meal means you appreciated it, and NOT burping is unpolite.
- A similar incident happens in Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom.
- One of the "outtakes" from Pixar's A Bug's Life had Tuck and Roll (the pillbugs) interrupting a scene to have themselves a burping contest.
- It happens in the first live action Scooby-Doo movie, between Shaggy and Scooby.
- In Revenge of the Nerds, Dudley "Booger" Dawson goes up against Ogre in one during the Frat Olympics. Booger wins the contest (by releasing a belch that goes on for nearly a minute).
- In the sequal, Booger meets an old Asian guy who's even more of a slob then he is, and responds to Booger's belch with a longer, louder belch of his own. Booger then calls him "Master".
- In summer camp movie Meatballs, camp counselor Tripper Harrison has a friendly belching contest with one of the campers.
- In Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, Charlie and Grandpa Joe have one of these to serve a very practical purpose: they need to release the gas they've ingested from Wonka's Fizzy Lifting Drinks in order to avoid floating to the ceiling and being sucked into an exhaust fan.
- Parodied, as was the film itself, in the Family Guy episode "Wasted Talent", where they have fart to get out of it.
- Unaccompanied Minors has one.
Live Action TV
- A regular tenet of the annual Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards is the celebrity burp-off, which is exactly what it sounds like. Winners have included Justin Timberlake, Cameron Diaz, Hugh Jackman, and the penguins from Madagascar.
- This sketch from Good Night Burbank, unusual in that both contestants are female.
- An episode of Alf had the title character inviting a blind friend of his over to dinner. He then challenges her to a game of "guess the belch". Alf belches, and his friend chastises him with a cry of "Alf!" He, completely missing the point, replies with, "No, no! You don't guess who belched, you guess what they ate!"
- A variation in Merlin in which Arthur inadvertantly starts belching in front of Princess Mithian (thanks to Merlin, who is magically forcing him to in the attempt to embarrass him). Mithian (who spends the entire episode in Wrong Genre Savvy mode) responds with a burp of her own.
- At the 2003 Badd Blood pay-per-view, Steve Austin and Eric Bischoff had one as the first event of the Redneck Triathlon. In reality, they used pre-recorded belches.
- ''Zeera the Space Pirate'' has some space Amazons holding an official burping contest. One of the competitors cuts loose with a burp that rattles the foundations of buildings. She's scored a "5". After she complains, a judge explains they're using the Richter Scale.