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9 October 2006

I’m married to one of these guys who loves to downplay the “heat” in his cooking. He’ll spend a couple of hours cooking up some green chili in the kitchen and he’ll offer me a taste. Inevitably, I’ll ask him if it’s too hot for my liking.

He comes back with something like, “Oh no, honey, I made it just the way you like it.” He has no tastebuds left because he’s burned them off. He’s the type who puts habeneros in his cereal. I like some spice, but I don’t get any pleasure out of a 30 min. afterburn on my tongue or from wiping beads of perspiration from my forehead.

Apparently, there was a gathering of kindred spirits (to my hubby) who voluntarily put themselves to the ultimate “test” in Dallas last weekend. And I bet I could guess which room in their house saw a lot of action the following two days.

DALLAS (AP)- A 62-year-old retired accountant from Nevada swallowed 247 peppers in eight minutes to win the Jalapeno Eating World Championship at the State Fair of Texas.
Richard LeFevre won $2,000 for prevailing in Sunday’s contest, which was sponsored by the International Federation of Competitive Eating.
“I love to eat, and I love to compete, so the two go pretty well together,” said LeFevre, the world’s eighth-ranked eater according to the federation.
LeFevre, who has also won the fair’s World Corny Dog Eating Contest three times, said his winning strategy was to mix three or four peppers in his mouth with a swig of milk before swallowing.
LeFevre was one of four professional eaters who took the top four places in the competition.
Sonya “The Black Widow” Thomas said she had never eaten a jalapeno before the contest. Ranked third in the world by the federation, she downed 239 peppers to take second place and $1,000 in prize money.
Christopher Huang, of Arlington, entered the competition even though he doesn’t normally eat spicy foods.
“I eat mild salsa,” Huang said. “But there’s nothing like putting yourself through a lot of pain for no reason.”
The 26-year-old required several minutes of recovery time after eating 53 jalapenos.
“I cant feel my face,” he said when he was able to speak again.

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