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Sriracha is delicious. Period. But if you’re one of those inquisitive types and you just have to know why that delicious rooster sauce is so good, then you’ll have to check out this new video from Kirk Zamieroski’s YouTube series Reactions. Zamieroski is with the American Chemical Society, and he knows science. Like a lot of science. Case in point, in this Sriracha-themed video, he breaks down what makes the sauce so spicy on a molecular level. Turns out, it has something to do with capsaicinoids. I have no idea what those are, but they sound delicious.

Check out the video after the break…

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If you’re keeping tabs on the Sriracha battle going on between the factory and the residents of Irwindale, then you’ve likely been mourning because all signs point to the factory shutting down due to complaints of health issues from the fumes.

However, if this banner that went up outside the factory is any indication, it seems the owner isn’t planning to go quietly.

Stay tuned. We’ll report more as this story heats up. ;-)

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England’s Atomic Burgers is inviting crazy bastards to partake in their new Atomic Fallout Burger, which packs over a pound of meat between two deep-fried mini pizzas and measures a boiling hot 1,000,000 on the Scoville scale. The heat is generated by a 3-pepper sauce which contains 2 of of the hottest peppers known to man — The ghost pepper and the Scotch bonnet. The burger is so hot that the restaurant requires customers to be at least 18 years of age. They must also sign a waiver and wear gloves to protect their hands.

So far 500 people have braved the heat. 1 in 10 have succeeded.

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Three members of the OC Weekly staff recently decided to review Slater’s 50/50′s super spicy “50 Alarm Burger” by videotaping their eating ordeal, which included tears, nausea, plenty of liquids and gobs of food left behind on the eaters’ faces. However, the worst of the experience surely took place in the bathroom… thankfully that doesn’t appear in the videos after the jump.

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In keeping with people’s strange desire to ingest ultra hot foods, a British company has developed a vodka that measures a whopping 100,000 on the Scoville scale. Appropriately titled “100,000 Scovilles Naga Chilli Vodka”, the drink is officially classed as the world’s hottest vodka and carries its own health warning.

Hit the jump to watch the reaction as it’s sampled on morning television.

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The town of Grantham in Lincolnshire, England can now boast about being the home of the world’s hottest chilli, which measures1.17 million on the Scoville Scale, and carries a health warning. The chili was grown by by Nick Woods, owner of Fire Foods who says:

“I didn’t set out to grow it, it’s really easy for chillies to crossbreed in a greenhouse, one day I just saw this new chilli plant growing. When I tried it tasted nice at first, like an odd fruity taste, the effect is delayed. Then it hit me. All of a sudden I felt it burning in the back of my throat, so hot that I couldn’t speak.

“I began to shake uncontrollably, I had to sit down, I felt physically sick. I really wouldn’t recommend anybody eat it raw like that.”

The chili made it to the Guinness Book of Records after out-spicing the previous title holder, the Bhut Jolokia, from India.

(via NTDWA)