What were billed as the first annual world oyster shucking championships have been held on tiny Denman Island, British Columbia. The winner was 19-year-old Ken Barkley, who expertly shucked 52 oysters in five minutes, thereby winning the Oyster Challenge Bowl and $50.
Thereafter, the crowd devoured the shucked oysters. 6,000 of them, washed down with 200 cases of mainland beer.
The world champion contented himself with a hamburger and a Coke.
"Shucks," he explained shyly (there are witnesses that he said it), "I never did care for oysters."