Marshal Terry vs World's Hottest Pepper (Video)
Marshall Terry: 'It's Hot!'
Marshall Terry, reporter for NPR affiliate WFAE, is a brave man. In the name of journalism, Terry ate what is purported to be the world's hottest pepper on camera.
This can only go one way, and it does: Marshall Terry's face flushes and sweats. He starts to shake and then pukes. Then the hallucinations start.
The whole time, Terry seems happy that his agonizing ordeal is caught on camera. He smiles and gives the thumbs-up when told that his puking incident was captured for internet posterity.
'Marshall's on the Floor!'
Marshall Terry ends up on the floor, going, "My hands... my hands..." as Ed Currie's dog investigates the strange human twitching before him. You'd be forgiven for thinking, "ayahuasca".
"Are you hallucinating right now?"
"I think so."
The pepper was grown by Ed Currie, who is waiting to hear back from the Guinness Book of World Records to see if he has created the world's hottest pepper.
“Your heart will race, you’ll sweat,” Currie says. “You might shake, you might throw up. But once it gets into your blood stream and gets into your brain the capsaicin releases the same endorphins that narcotics do. So you get a euphoric feeling.”
Currie, in the background of the video below, seems relaxed, but notes that he's twitching as the pepper's capsaicin-intensive grip tightens. Marshal Terry, meanwhile, is busy securing web-legend status. All in a day's work.