Man Suffers Thunderclap Headaches, Rushed To Emergency Room After Eating World’s Hottest Pepper
In 2013, Guinness World Records named the Carolina Reaper the hottest pepper in the world. The Carolina Reaper was bred to be fiery pepper of death and destruction because it is a hybrid between Sweet Habanero and Naga Viper chilies. The Carolina Reaper has a mouth-melting 1,569,300 Scoville Heat Units (SHU) and broke the record again in 2017 by registering 1,641,183 SHUs. For comparison, spicy jalapeños have a range of 2,500 and 8,000 SHUs. Some maniac actually ate a Carolina Reaper. Ill-advised. He suffered so much excruciating pain that he was rushed to the hospital.
A 34-year-old man from New York was competing in a hot pepper eating contest and consumed a blazing Carolina Reaper. Besides melting his tongue, the man also suffered from a series of “thunderclap” headaches, which is a severe headache that lasts only a few seconds or minutes. The pain was so intense in his neck and skull that the man was rushed to the emergency room. Over the next few days, he experienced more thunderclap headaches.