September 14th, 2010
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Food in the Field gives a sneak peek into what CNN's team is eating as they travel the globe. Today's contributor, photojournalist Jeremy Harlan is based in Washington D.C., but he travels. A lot.

John King's Election Express is hitting the road this political season and hey - a crew's gotta eat, right? Photojournalist Jeremy Harlan indulged in a local tradition, the "Thurmantor" at Columbus, Ohio's Thurman Café.

This was no small feat, but then again, at a towering 6'4", he's no small man. Jeremy faced down the, in his words, "Majestic burger that stands close to six inches in height...two 12 ounce patties, bacon, ham, mayo, tomato, onions, pickles and loads of cheese" that had been noted by Adam Richman in an episode of Man vs. Food, but not attempted by the TV trencherman.

By some minor miracle - perhaps divine intervention, or maybe the encouragement of fellow JKUSA producer Susie Xu - Jeremy emerged triumphant, unscathed and well fed. Jeremy acquired the burger's commemorative T-shirt (not the first of his career) as well as the awe and respect of colleagues, and the right to show his face in the Buckeye State again, even though he skipped the accompanying side of fries. (Wuss.)

Get the dish on the rest of the Election Express menu at John King USA's blog

Previously - John King loves himself a diner

John King is teaming up with Gowalla, the location based mobile and web service, to share his experiences from the road. Last year, John visited all 50 states following President Barack Obama’s inauguration and sat down with residents in local diners to hear their stories and discuss important issues.

John has compiled his favorite diners for Gowalla and you can now visit them as well. To participate and see the trips John has created, Gowalla users should follow John by going to John King, USA’s Gowalla page and clicking the "follow John King, USA" button in the right column. You will then have access to John’s custom Trips at or on your smartphone via the Gowalla app.

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  1. 300Cooper

    hahaha oh wow i didnt know the literacy police were GUNA look at my post....get a life! its a FU@#ING blog!!!

    September 16, 2010 at 1:16 pm |
  2. TSRVT

    This is why the US is the laughingstock of the world. What a disgusting spectacle. No wonder obesity is at epidemic levels. Grow up, Americans. Eat healthy food, not this garbage.

    September 16, 2010 at 10:42 am |
    • 300Cooper

      "Laughing stock of the world" your an idiot! it is the place where most people want to be...I feel lucky that i get to choose what i eat, when i want to eat it, have a job that i actually enjoy, drive the nice cars i choose to drive. You are either a stuck up American or just a jealous person...people dont risk their and their childrens lives for no reason to get in this Paradise!

      September 16, 2010 at 12:27 pm |
      • nathalie

        It's YOU'RE not your. Proof that in addition to obesity we also have an illiteracy problem.

        September 16, 2010 at 1:02 pm |
  3. 300Cooper


    September 16, 2010 at 9:45 am |
  4. I likefood

    The 3# challenge at Metro Burger in Akron OH.9 patties 9 slices of cheese, fry and drink needs to be done in 20 min.

    September 15, 2010 at 8:00 pm |
  5. Gumbaasha

    I go *Pee-Pee* on dat burrgurr !!

    September 15, 2010 at 2:17 pm |
    • Jdizzle McHammerpants

      LOL. I made a similar comment yesterday that was immediately removed from the board.

      September 16, 2010 at 11:25 am |
  6. Laura Jones

    This is just a nauseating, gluttonous spectacle. Promoting gorging is wrong on so many levels. No wonder America is the most obese nation in the world. There are enough calories in there for 3 days, not to mention the sodium and fat grams. What happened to normal portions? This is utterly gross!

    September 15, 2010 at 1:46 pm |
    • Steve

      Actually, Australia is the most obese nation in the world, now.

      September 15, 2010 at 2:22 pm |
  7. rachel

    Gross. Just gross.

    September 15, 2010 at 1:36 pm |
  8. Limer

    That sandwich is nothing compared to a rueben from the Carnagie Deli in Manhattan. Try that one Jeremy. Then we'll know if you're really a man.

    September 15, 2010 at 12:37 pm |
  9. DarthWoo

    That's nothing. Try the 50 or 100 pound burgers at Denny's Beer Barrel Pub in PA. (Although you do have to provide a day or two's notice for them I guess.) I'm sure that some place has already one-upped them by now though.

    September 15, 2010 at 11:01 am |
  10. foodlover

    yum yum yum, that looks great and all this talk about food is really getting me hungry,...i pig out all the time but am naturally thin.... 6'5 200 lbs lol bring on the food!

    September 15, 2010 at 10:15 am |
  11. Tim

    Still disgusting to watch them do it...

    September 15, 2010 at 10:10 am |
  12. Dru Richman

    Think that's a big burger. Meh! Try the burgers at Heart Attack Grill in AZ. Unbelievably big. [8,000 calories] Unbelievably bad [cooked in pure lard], too!

    September 15, 2010 at 10:10 am |
  13. Skinney

    People who eat this crap deserve to die. And they say smoking is bad...what about the crap food you put inside of you.

    September 15, 2010 at 8:38 am |
    • Sporkatus

      Judgemental much? C'mon, it's not like they eat this crap every single day, or week, or month for that matter! Once in a 'blue moon' as they say isn't going to kill anyone! Lighten up!

      September 15, 2010 at 9:55 am |
    • nathalie

      Revolting. I hope he has a heart attack

      September 16, 2010 at 12:58 pm |
  14. Vic

    That looks gross

    September 15, 2010 at 8:12 am |
    • danimal2

      you look gross

      September 16, 2010 at 10:30 am |
      • Jdizzle McHammerpants


        September 16, 2010 at 11:23 am |
  15. Bobby G

    American gluttany. You could feed a small village for a day with that thing and we make it into a contest.

    September 15, 2010 at 8:02 am |
    • lacrosseson


      September 15, 2010 at 1:43 pm |
  16. Natch

    Yeah, count me as one of them. That IS disgusting!! Hopefully he took it with a blood pressure and cholesterol pill??

    I definitely love my burgers, but that thing is just a monstrosity of overindulgence!!

    September 15, 2010 at 7:57 am |
  17. Erick

    It probably looks better in person. The photo here makes the sandwich look disgusting.

    Of course, there are those who would say that anyway.

    September 14, 2010 at 9:07 pm |
    • Anon

      It IS disgusting, and, if he continues to eat like that, in a few years HEwill be disgusting. Nothing is more repulsive than a fat

      September 16, 2010 at 12:35 am |
      • christopherF

        Unless he's rich, right sweetie?

        September 16, 2010 at 1:08 am |
    • itdontmatter

      Usually it's just the opposite. The picture looks good and the actual burger looks worse, I could only imagine what this looks like in person. I'd love every bite though.

      September 16, 2010 at 11:17 am |
  18. DQuaid

    haahahaha! this burger is small. I ate a 3 1/2 lb burger in 18 mins. and I'm 6'3, 195.

    September 14, 2010 at 7:00 pm |
    • Lila King

      Actually now you're 198.5 :)

      September 14, 2010 at 8:18 pm |
      • Sporkatus


        September 15, 2010 at 9:52 am |
    • Jim

      Actually two 12oz burgers is the same as 3 1/2 lb burgers, plus the bacon and ham and tons of cheese. I agree with you though, this is very doable, and I'm only 5'11" 185

      September 15, 2010 at 12:49 pm |
      • EL

        He claims to have eaten a 3.5 lb burger – not three half-pound burgers as you misread.

        September 15, 2010 at 6:54 pm |
  19. Tandberg

    Holy mackerel, four guys could get a full meal from one Thurman-ator!

    September 14, 2010 at 6:13 pm |
  20. Kaku

    I watch and enjoy Man vs. Food, but on the level where a man enjoys going to the zoo or the circus. Some of the eating challenges border on cruelty and spectacle so grand that it gives one pause the next time they see a hamburger or hot wing.

    September 14, 2010 at 5:09 pm |
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