During a hot pepper eating contest in NY, a 34 year old man was sent to the ER after eating a WHOLE Carolina Reaper Pepper, the world’s most intense chili pepper. Bred in 2013 by Ed Currie of the Puckerbutt Pepper Company, the pepper measures roughly 1.5 million on the Scoville Heat Scale (a measurement of the pungency, or spiciness, of chili peppers).
According to Time, the contestant experienced “thunderclap” headaches: a severe, sudden-onset headache that takes seconds to minutes to reach maximum intensity. To sum it up, the capsaicin causes your blood vessels to constrict, causing headaches and pain to spread throughout his entire body.
What is the purpose of this?! Are you actually able to enjoy eating something that is so spicy most people report wanting “to cut your tongue” out after consuming. I like food too much to waste a meal on something that makes me feel like I want to die. Plus, literally most things make my stomach hurt. Internally. I went to the gastroenterologist a few years ago but he had a 25 year 6’4 intern who was gorgeous and built like a football player and you just cannot discuss stomach issues with someone like that in the room. I cut out dairy, I’m fine. We’ll just claim I’m lactose intolerant. Unless it’s whip cream. I can always eat whip cream and be fine.
So who holds the record for this BS?
Greg Foster of Irvine, California, holds the Guiness World Record for Carolina Reaper eating. He achieved this accomplishment by consuming 120 grams of the pepper in 60 seconds at the Arizona Hot Sauce Expo in November 2016.
And if you’re too chicken like me to try the Carolina Reaper for yourself, here’s a video of people trying it for you. Sometimes there’s nothing wrong with living vicariously through others…(NSWF language)