(KRON)—Imagine eating something so hot that it tears a hole in your esophagus and have to spend more than three weeks in the hospital. That is exactly what recently happened to one man.
The details came out during a study by the University of California San Francisco.
The culprit is a ghost pepper. The man had eaten a hamburger smothered with a ghost pepper puree as part of contest.
It was so hot that it caused a two-and-a half centimeter tear in his esophagus.
This is how hot the pepper is:
In Scoville units, which measures the heat, it clocks in at one million.
A habanero comes in at half-a-million.
A jalapeno anywhere between 2,500 to 8,000.