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Choir Eats Ghost Peppers And Attempts To Sing, The Results Are Hysterical

Delivering a beautiful, harmonious performance with your fellow choir members is no small feat on its own. Now imagine trying to stay in tune with everybody else after the whole choir eats ghost peppers and has to endure the heat.

YouTuber Chili Klaus laid this challenge down to the Herning Boys Choir, a group he performed with growing up. The boys got a free pass on the first verse of the classic carol “O Come All Ye Faithful.” However, before finishing the song, all of them had to munch on some peppers and try to keep going. Needless to say, not a single eye was dry by the end of the second verse, and it wasn’t from how beautiful the boys were singing.

Chili Klaus was kind enough, at least, to not have the younger kids endure the painful burn of a ghost pepper. He distributed the chilis based on age, with the younger kids only having to withstand a fresh cayenne chili. The older singers, however, got the full bhut jolokia treatment.

To be fair, though, the choir still sounds pretty amazing as the sounds of coughs mingled with their synchronized hymn. While they may all have been red in the face and gasping for air (and refreshment) at the end, they definitely handled the challenge like pros.

Buzzfeed also reports that the choir also got treated to ice cream, milk, and bread afterward, so they didn’t have to bear the brunt of the chilies’ potency for the remainder of their rehearsal.

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Why Your Brain Thinks Your Tongue is On Fire When You Eat Spicy Food

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Ever wonder why spicy foods are so darn hot, and why you can’t stop eating them?  This video from Ruth Eveleth and Ted-Ed, which is chock full of hot (heh) food facts, will reveal everything you wanted to know about spicy food.

It turns out that when you eat something spicy, the compounds in the food activates sensors called polymodal nociceptors.  These sensors exist all over your body, and they’re used to determine whether we’re hot or cold.  So, when they’re activated on your tongue, your brain thinks you’re actually burning — which is why most people start sweating and their hearts begin to pound.  The same “flight or fight” response you’d experience facing a 4 am fire alarm is coursing through your body.

There are also different compounds for different kinds of spice. Chili and black pepper contain alkylamides which stay in your mouth, while mustard and wasabi have isothiocyanates which travel straight into your sinuses. That’s why your nose burns after eating wasabi, but your mouth burns from Tabasco.

For more fun facts on the hottest peppers (the Trinidad Moruga and the Carolina reaper), the history of spices, and how to build up your tolerance, check out the full video below.