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We Tried The World's Hottest Pepper And It Didn't Go Very Well

Meet the Carolina Reaper pepper. It's literal hellfire.

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We got a bunch of brave souls together to try a Carolina Reaper pepper this week.

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So, for journalism, we decided to find out just how spicy this thing is. TURNS OUT IT'S REALLY SPICY.

For reference, a jalapeño is, like, 3,500 Scovilles — which is the unit of measurement for spiciness. A Carolina Reaper pepper has been named the hottest pepper in the world by Guinness and it clocks in around 2 million Scovilles.

First up, we have Tolani.

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What's the spiciest thing you've ever eaten?

I’m Nigerian so I feel like a lot of my meals are spicy and if the meal’s not spicy, I feel like it makes me feel a bit sick. We have a Nigerian dish, it’s called ayamase, it’s basically a lot of Scotch bonnets and loads of peppers mixed together to make a stew and you have it with rice.

Then Ryan.

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What's the spiciest thing you've ever eaten?

My mom's side of the family is from Oklahoma, which is kind of like the Canada of Texas, and they all love barbecue and trying different hot sauces. The spiciest thing I've ever eaten was a chili made with Ghost chili peppers — the second-hottest pepper in the world. It made me feel stoned and my face went numb.

Now it's Aisha's turn.

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What's the spiciest thing you've ever eaten?

I used to have chili competitions with my friend. We would try to make the spiciest chutney and we used to even put Naga Morich in it, which is a Bengali spice — and a close cousin of the Ghost chili pepper.

Laura's up next.

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What's the spiciest thing you've ever eaten?

Growing up in a typical American, semi-Jewish household, there was not much spice going on. My brother did like spicy foods, but that was, like, Sriracha sauce. The spiciest thing I’ve ever eaten would probably be, like, a curry. What’s the spicy one? Vindaloo?

And finally, Luke.

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What's the spiciest thing you've ever eaten?

I don’t like spicy food. It just doesn’t interest me. The spiciest thing I’ve ever eaten was probably, like, this pasta I ate once that had a load of chilis in it. I don’t know what the fuck they were, but they were chilis.

Ryan Broderick is a reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in London.

Contact Ryan Broderick at ryan@buzzfeed.com.

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