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It's Free Slurpee Day: 19 Down & 6 To Go



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Joey Chestnut can scarf down 74 hotdogs in 10 minutes. I’m thinking of doing something more practical.

GV Wire Reporter David Taub
David Taub
Today is July 11, 7-11. And the store with the same name, 7-Eleven, is giving away free Slurpees. It is the convenience-store chain’s 91st birthday.
The small-sized slush drink will be available at the 25 stores in Fresno and Clovis between 11 a.m. and 7 p.m. while supplies last.

My Challenge

In a story I’ve been pitching for a while, I am taking the Slurpee Challenge. I will attempt to grab one Slurpee from each of those locations. My drinks will be 25 (gulp!) of the 9 million Slurpees 7-Eleven estimates it will pour today.
How can I say no to a bit of Americana? A nice cool Slurpee on 104-degree day! What can be better?
The exotic new flavor this year is Cap’n Crunch’s Crunch Berry. I’m sure it will taste like liquefied cereal. I’ll try to imbibe in as many flavors as possible.
Will I survive the Slurpee Challenge? What happens first — my brain freezing or teeth rotting?
Follow me on Twitter to see how this wild goose chase ensues.

A listing of the 25 Fresno-Clovis 7-Eleven locations.
3:29 p.m. Update:

2:11 p.m. Update:

1:51 p.m Update:

Update: As of noon today, I have visited seven of the 25 locations. Just 18 more to go. My favorite flavor so far: Coca-Cola.

Curiosity drives David Taub. The award-winning journalist might be shy, but feels mighty with a recorder in his hand. He doesn't see it his job to "hold public officials accountable," but does see it to provide readers (and voters) the information needed to make intelligent choices. Taub has been honored with several writing awards from the California News Publishers Association. He's just happy to have his stories read. Joining GV Wire in 2016, Taub covers politics, government and elections, mainly in the Fresno/Clovis area. He also writes columns about local eateries (Appetite for Fresno), pro wrestling (Off the Bottom Rope), and media (Media Man). Prior to joining the online news source, Taub worked as a radio producer for KMJ and PowerTalk 96.7 in Fresno. He also worked as an assignment editor for KCOY-TV in Santa Maria, California, and KSEE-TV in Fresno. He has also worked behind the scenes for several sports broadcasts, including the NCAA basketball tournament, and the Super Bowl. When not spending time with his family, Taub loves to officially score Fresno Grizzlies games. Growing up in the San Francisco Bay Area, Taub is a die-hard Giants and 49ers fan. He graduated from the University of Michigan with dual degrees in communications and political science. Go Blue! You can contact David at 559-492-4037 or at Send an Email