"This is going very poorly folks" are the last words that one KWGN co-host said on live TV before urging offscreen crew to help his co-worker Natalie Tysdal, who ate "the world's hottest" tortilla chip (video below).
Turns out, the "world's hottest" tortilla chip belongs to gourmet snack proprietor Paqui, who makes these ultra-spicy snacks (if you can call them that) from Carolina Reapers, which are twice as hot as ghost peppers. For the record, ghost peppers have a rating of 1 million Scoville units. And according to Grub Street, a ghost pepper actually burned a hole in a man's throat.
Denver's KWGN was sorry for taking on Paqui's #OneChipChallenge. Especially after the first bite. In the video, the crew takes a few confident nibbles and in seconds a heavy silence falls over the set. Heads are shaking, there's coughing and one anchor facetiously says, "You guys are overreacting." Meanwhile, "Daybreak" anchor Natalie Tysdal was a little worse for wear after her first nibble and about a few moments later collapses to the ground and vomits.
"Oh, oh! Natalie threw up! Ewww!" The same co-host that urges someone to help Tysdal chimes in later, "This is some serious action." (Don't worry, Tysdal is fine.)
She later spoke about the aftermath on Facebook and said she tried everything to remedy the burn:
"I thought I was okay until I had a drink of my coffee to wash down the chip. I threw up, couldn't breathe and felt like fire was coming out of my mouth, nose and ears. I had a bottle of water, a glass of milk, a tablespoon of honey and 3 mints and still felt on fire. An hour later I had chills and a massive headache. Three hours have gone by and I feel like I was beat up in a dark alley."
Tysdal does not recommend the #OneChipChallenge.
And for those who are tickled by spicy challenges: Don't drink water. It's one of the worst things you can do when you feel like your mouth is on fire. Water actually spreads capsaicin, the chemical responsible for the burning sensation, making the heat even worse.