Genetic and socio-cultural factors chip in to protect us from the burn — well some of us
The Carolina Reaper, the Guinness Book of World Records’ hottest pepper, recently got its five minutes of fame.
Two young women posted a video in late August of their reactions after taking a bite of the Reaper. Several seconds of moderate complaints, spitting and hand flapping preceded screams, makeup-smearing tears, and even vomit. One of the women had to use an inhaler to help her breathe. The video currently has 8.5 million views.