We are not human !!

rodnebridges(7b)November 11, 2013

I had a guy at work come up to me and say " I hear you like hot stuff ! " I imagine many of you are giggling already. Anyhow he tells me about how he has a friend who grows "the hottest peppers ever... such and such and so and so .... Anyway, the next day he brings these so called "hottest peppers" in and they are nothing but mere Habaneros (which he thought were scotch bonnets, but I didn't bother correcting him). At any rate, upon being presented with said peppers, I pluck one out out of the bag and begin to nibble on it as if it were the sweetest apple ever grown in creation, he and his buddies were looking at me in disbelief expecting me to double over in pain at any moment i imagine !!! Mind you, it had a kick, but not enough to make me double over, or even comment out loud !! Needless to say, I have become a topic of conversation at work. I know many of you could have accomplished this feat as well, but to witness the astonishment of the mere mortals was amusing !!

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Maybe you should post a video...
I'm sure you'll impress the masses everywhere on the net...

    Bookmark   November 11, 2013 at 11:01PM
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There are people that like "spicy" food and then there are real chili heads. I have met many of people who claim to love spicy food but think franks red hot is super spicy. That stuff is like tomato soup to a chili head. My wife, family, friends, and coworkers all say that I am not normal and that something is wrong with me. It was a relief to find an entire community of my species.

    Bookmark   November 11, 2013 at 11:55PM
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DMForcier(8 DFW)

Some of us discovered that we are inhuman long before discovering the "blister test". I caution you, reveal no more to these soft-mouthed ape people. They are practiced at lynching.


    Bookmark   November 12, 2013 at 6:56PM
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@ Smokemaster I doubt many of our ilk would be impressed by me consuming a mere Habanero . Choking down a scorpion or ghost, or even nibbling on one in an overly rapid fashion would be much more impresssive and I'm not quite up to that yet !! I'm workin' on it though !!

@DMForcier There were some other signs beforehand, but that was just a reckless display of my alien nature !!

P.S The mothership will arrive next Tuesday at 3p.m. :)

    Bookmark   November 12, 2013 at 8:01PM
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Here's a funny story going the opposite way. This past spring i had about 1000 extra superhot plants after i planted all i could and gave my friends all they wanted. So i figured i would place an ad in the local bargin hunter and try and recoup some of the time and money i put into them instead of letting them go to waste. Most people that called knew of ghosts and thought they were the hottest but never heard of Bhuts. Anyway, one guy called. I asked what he was looking for, i could tell he was young, in his early 20's he didn't know any of the names and i warned him but he reassured me he wanted the hottest. His words were "don't worry i eat really hot sh#t". So i gave him my address, he shows up and the neighbor and i were sitting in my garage just having a few beers. After the neighbor warned him about my stuff and he was also told "i eat hot sh#t" i decided to let him sample some hot sh#t. So i got out a some pickled superhots. He all macho asked which were the hottest. I told him the brown which are douglahs. He grabbed a peice popped it in his mouth and i thought he has gonna die. He didn't even ask for a drink. He ran straight to my pool and started scooping water out with his hands and drinking it. I wish i had it on video to share. But i will never forget it. Funny as hell. He learned the hard way what hot sh#t is. LOL

    Bookmark   November 13, 2013 at 12:43AM
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scents_from_heaven(z9b Orlando FL)

scorpion-john, I guess he learned what hell was. I needed a good laugh and I am sitting here at almost three in the morning laughing so hard the cats came running to see what was wrong with their alien mother. I went out with friends and we were sampling some of the hot sauces they had out and my friend kept telling them none would be hot enough for me. They brought some ghost chili sauce out, I put some on a spoon and tasted it. I put some on a tortilla chip and tasted it and then picked up the small cup and drank it. I thought everyone in the building was going to have a heart attack. Someone yelled call 911. I calmly wiped my mouth and asked then who need medical attention. Their only comment was-whatever you do please do not fart because we do not wish the building to burn down. Whimps!

    Bookmark   November 13, 2013 at 2:49AM
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esox07 (4b)

Love the stories. I like eating peppers but even a Hab is way beyond my ability to consume. It is funny how super hots are ALWAYS hotter than you imagine them to be, even though you have tried them before. After I have "tasted" one, it doesn't take long before I forget just how really hot they are and how much pain they cause. I keep thinking the next time I taste one, it "can't be that hot". But it always is. hahaha

And when I say taste, I am talking about a piece the size of a BB.

I have a question for the super hot eaters. Is it just a natural ability to eat them or did you have to work up to them over a very long period of time?

    Bookmark   November 13, 2013 at 6:00AM
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Bruce, it's not a natural ability for me. They still hurt me and i eat alot of them. I think i am addicted to the rush the pain causes. I guess you build up a tolerance though, i eat alot bigger peices now.

    Bookmark   November 13, 2013 at 7:05AM
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Good story John. Concerning people hearing about Ghosts and not knowing about Bhuts. I can't tell you how many times I get that at the herb fairs. "I'm looking for Ghost peppers, but it seems you don't carry them." "yes I do, these right here, they are Bhut Jolokias."... "No, I want a Ghost pepper." But what I like even better are the ones that go to my friend who sells sweet and say, I want a green pepper, I do NOT want red. If you explain to them that they all will turn red when they ripen, you get the most blank stares. Then the arguments starts, I want green! My friend has stopped trying to explain and just says, here this is green.

    Bookmark   November 13, 2013 at 11:12AM
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I love stories like these. It is one thing to be ignorant and learn, but to be ignorant and so sure of yourself is annoying.
Like after explaining to a lady how I'm growing pepper plants under artificial lights this winter and she says in a condescending way, "Pepper plants only live one year, that's why they're called 'ANNUALS'". I just got done explaining how they can live many years, but I guess she knows more than me.
I had another person tell me they eat jalapenos like chips and even eat "chili peppers" that way. I was going to ask what kind of pepper a "chili" pepper was, but I didn't want to get into a conversation with him. Do y'all know what a "chili" pepper is and the heat ranking of them?

    Bookmark   November 13, 2013 at 3:36PM
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scents_from_heaven(z9b Orlando FL)

then if it is still going on here is the best challenge of all here in central Florida. Maybe us locals should all gather there and cheer each other on as we gasp for our lives. *giggle* Inferno Soup Challenge at NitallyâÂÂs Thai Mex Cuisine - For the spicy-fond out there, the Inferno Soup Challenge will definitely test your limits of just how hot you can handle. Made with fresh ghost pepper (the hottest in the world), a dozen others including three varieties of habenero. This ainâÂÂt no tiny bowl either; the thing comes in a vessel the size of a sink. Sign a legal waiver, finish in 30 minutes or less, and youâÂÂll win, get this, $1,000, a THOUSAND smackeroos! No oneâÂÂs finished yet and the competition ends after 100 people have tried, so get there ASAP for your shot at the prize.

    Bookmark   November 13, 2013 at 4:57PM
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esox07 (4b)

I can see someone eating a single ghost but I am sure the "soup" is simply a bunch of them all ground up with a couple other super hots and then cooked for a while. It would be close to being like pouring pepper spray down your throat for a half hour. If it was only 8 oz or so, a guy could just chug it and then deal with the pain for a while, but a huge bowl would require repeating the pain over and over. Then, I cannot even imagine the after affects an hour or two later.
That would be a fun event to watch though.

    Bookmark   November 13, 2013 at 7:00PM
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It might even be the sheer amount of it ! If I'm eating something hot or super hot, once I get adjusted to the heat level, I can plow through. I'm not a big eater though, I don't know if I could eat a "sink sized" container of anything. I guess that's part of the challenge though, right ?

    Bookmark   November 13, 2013 at 8:38PM
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So, one of the shop guys just stepped into my office earlier today all wide eyed. He is telling me of a rumor of someone eating a pepper 200 times hotter than a jalapeno. He told me he doubted the story. It couldn't be possible.

I calmly explained that if a jal was rated at 5000SHU (and that is generous), 200x5000 is only 1,000,000. I reached in my desk drawer and pulled out my bag of Butch T/ Bhut powder blend and explained that that bag was quite a bit hotter with all the Butch Ts in there. Did he want to try some? :-)

He declined my offer.

    Bookmark   November 14, 2013 at 3:53PM
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judo_and_peppers(Tampa FL)

every time someone tells me they can eat the hottest of the hot, I offer them some of my brain strain hot sauce (one of my milder recipes). it usually ends the same way, with them asking if I have anything to drink.

I'm not a fire eater like many of you on here by any means though. if I eat a whole hab I still make hilarious faces, and lots of sad sounds. but I still love the flavors of the superhots. but cut me some slack, this time last year I made hilarious faces if I took a bite of a jalapeno. I'm making progress.

    Bookmark   November 14, 2013 at 4:44PM
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In response to kuvaszlvr's post about how all the peppers turn red, is that true? Do all peppers eventually turn red? Every one that I've grown has.
A guy at work noticed a bag of peppers on the counter today. We looked into it and he asked what kind they were. Since I think it is funny to spit out smart-sounding words, I said, "It looks like some sort of Capsicum Annuum". He said, "What?" and looked in the bag and said, "Oh - they're just green peppers." I told him all peppers start out green and eventually turn red. He asked if I'm full of crap and I said, "I'm not sure, but I think that is true."

    Bookmark   November 14, 2013 at 5:30PM
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DMForcier(8 DFW)

Well, technically no. Some ripen to yellow or brown - or whatever. But AFAIK none ripen to green. Peppers that we commonly eat green the farmer just didn't want to wait for the color change.


    Bookmark   November 14, 2013 at 5:39PM
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DMForcier(8 DFW)

As for the tolerance issue, I liken it to nitrous oxide - like at the dentist. I recall having my wisdom teeth out and my teeth have deep roots so they were in there with pliers trying to pry out the bits.

It hurt like hell - but I JUST DIDN'T CARE. Maybe NO2 stimulates the endorphine rush without the pain...


    Bookmark   November 14, 2013 at 5:43PM
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DM and others, yes, there are peppers that ripen green, the same as there are green when ripe tomatoes. The beta carotene bio pathway in pepper is nearly identical with the pathway in tomato. If a gene blocks the carotenes, you get either a green when ripe if it has the chlorophyll accumulator gene or else you get a translucent white when ripe.

I'll see if I can dig out some seed. I've seen them around somewhere.

    Bookmark   November 14, 2013 at 6:25PM
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DMForcier(8 DFW)

> "P.S The mothership will arrive next Tuesday at 3p.m."

Well known. The lingering question is *where*? If it stops at the Moon like last time we are screwed.

P.S. No peppers on the Moon.

    Bookmark   November 15, 2013 at 5:40PM
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HotHabaneroLady(7a Central MD)

I've been cooking with habaneros since college, at least, and I love them. But I am going to try my first superhots next year. I already know I'm scared. :)


    Bookmark   November 16, 2013 at 10:53AM
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Angie, why wait? Email me. I have some Carolina Reapers growing in my basement. I can send you a few and seeds for next year. John

    Bookmark   November 16, 2013 at 5:04PM
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I should have been more accurate loweride, when we were discussing the peppers ripening red, we were discussing the green bells. People were wanting green bells, but I don't know of any green bells that do not eventually ripen to red. Not all peppers ripen to red though.

    Bookmark   November 16, 2013 at 7:35PM
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they were really gathering peppers !!!

    Bookmark   November 24, 2013 at 5:09PM
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