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Why some people can tolerate the world’s hottest pepper

Why some people can tolerate the world's hottest pepper

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.

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