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Staying healthy and eating right is important, but sometimes, people get a little too nit picky. Case in point: a small Chinese restaurant in San Francisco named SO shut down for a day because customers were hassling the owner about his food. Eater revealed that one employee mentioned that the owner shut down because one dining party had refused to pay their bill because their food was “too spicy.” Another customer cursed out the owner, as well.

“He needed to cool off,” says the employee of the owner. “He was frustrated and stressed out, and he’s the cook, so we can’t run the restaurant without him. We closed up early, and he put up the sign.”

SO is back up and running, but was the sign too much? Or do you understand his frustration?

(via FoodBeast)

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If you fear spicy foods, then this bag of Ghost Pepper Cheddar Popcorn is most definitely not for you. Just FYI, the Ghost Pepper (Bhut Jolokia) is one of the hottest peppers in the world. It’s overall heat rating is around 850,000-1,400,000 SHU, and just for some proper context, a jalapeño pepper has a heat rating of round 3500 SHU. So yeah, this cheesy-but-spicy popcorn is only for folks with tastebuds that can handle extreme, borderline-insane spiciness.

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Do you treat recipe ingredients like they’re part of a magic spell? If so, then these hot sauces may appeal to you. The Chilli Alchemist Hot Sauces line features seven different spicy concoctions (Anise, Elixir Orientem, Purus, The Philosopher’s Dew, The Smoke Potion, and Urna Liquorum) that come in glass apothecary-style bottles that are hand-corked and wax-sealed. They look like something you’d see in Snape’s supply room.

You can use the potions as a dipping sauce, salad dressing, or marinade. And hey, even if you forget about the hot sauces after you purchase them, the bottles will look nice on your kitchen counter.

See individual shots of the fancy hot sauces after the break.

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Over in Copenhagen last week, roughly 1,000 people came together to collectively torture their taste buds for a fun video. Each person was given an individually wrapped ghost pepper (which is roughly 100 times hotter than a jalapeño), and they all chomped down at the exact same time. The result, as you’ll see, is rather entertaining.

Check out the video after the break…

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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. ;-)

(via Foodbeast)

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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