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11:19 UK time, Tuesday, 6 September 2011

A service highlighting the riches of the daily press.

As the late Roy Castle used to sing: "Dedication's what you need if you want to be a record breaker."

And Sonya Thomas is the epitome of dedication, all seven stone (44kg) of her. The diminutive lady is a champion eater and is dubbed the Black Widow for her ability to beat male competitors.

Anyway, the Daily Mail says she has retained her crown by devouring a world record 183 chicken wings in 12 minutes. That amounts to 2.2kg of meat. But just where does she put it? All over her face judging by the pictures.

The paper says Thomas, from the US state of Virginia, is a manager in Burger King (wonder what its profits are like?) and she holds records for eating the most jalapeno peppers, clams, oyster, soft tacos and chicken tenders. In separate contests obviously.

Now the only story likely to beat a small woman stuffing her face is a record-breaking, sweet-as-cherry-pie dog.

The papers love Harbor the coonhound, who has been awarded a 2012 Guinness World Record for the longest ears on a living dog.

He looks more hare than hound with his ears, which measure 30in (76cm) from tip to tip, including his head. His left ear is 12.25in, while his right ear is even longer at 13.5in. Fortune usually follows fame and no doubt the film and television jobs will still rolling in. Paper Monitor thinks Harbor would make a great Timotei model.

Richard Firth is another world leader. The former butcher from Hull has become a top maritime artist after teaching himself with a beginners' painting-by-numbers kit.

His seascapes now sell for up to £40,000 a piece in auction houses across the globe, including Christie's of New York.

A heart-warming story but the Sun takes it a step further and has compiled a list of beefed-up artists who might be found at the National Grillery, such as Mincent Van Gogh, Rumpbrandt and Meatisse.

Paper Monitor's personal favourite? Saveloy Dali. Genius.

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