Attempt to Cook the ‘World’s Hottest Chili’ Forces Evacuation of College Housing

11/10/2015 at 01:50 PM ET



For some Manchester University students, their attempt to make the world’s hottest chili had them suffering even before they ate the stuff, not after.

The Tab, a student-run newspaper at the U.K.-based university, has the full story. Apparently, a group of students pre-gaming for Halloween suddenly started coughing and rushing out of their student housing — one even threw up when she got outside.

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Absent any smoke or smell, the students assumed they were dealing with a gas leak, until their neighbors confessed: They were trying to cook the world’s hottest chili, and the fumes from the peppers they used essentially weaponized their dish.

Firefighters arrived at the scene, having been summoned by one of the students, and they quickly rushed into the house — and then back out, coughing and sputtering. So they donned gas masks and outfitted the house with a giant fan to fumigate the residence.

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The guilty house spent the remainder of the evening handing out beers to their assembled neighbors as an apology.

As for the chili? We don’t have any details on the recipe — maybe they used ghost peppers — but one student, James, confessed to tasting it even after the evacuation. “It was nothing like I’d ever felt before, it was like eating pins and needles.”

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And while there’s no way of knowing whether the students succeeded in their initial quest to create the world’s hottest chili, they did snag another record over the course of the evening: One of the firefighters told them this was “the most stupid thing they’d been sent out for in 20 years.”

Congrats, guys!

— Alex Heigl, @alex_heigl



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The Latest Craze in Disco Styles Is See-Through Jeans—but Beware of Foggy Bottoms
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The Latest Craze in Disco Styles Is See-Through Jeans—but Beware of Foggy Bottoms

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On a clear day, you can see forever—or at least that’s the wicked thought behind L.A. designer Agi Berliner’s transparent idea: see-through jeans. Exhibitionists notwithstanding, most folks wear them over bathing suits or as attention-getting evening wear with halters, garter belts and body stockings. Created for the disco crowd, the $34 jeans are selling like, well, hot pants. In just six weeks, 25,000 pairs have already been sold in such major department store chains as Macy’s, Bonwit’s and Saks.

“What’s limiting American designers is that we’re afraid to do something different,” says Berliner, 32, a Hungarian émigré who fled with her family to the U.S. in 1956. Agi thought up the gimmick in London while marveling at the way plastics were being employed by designers of punk fashion. In her L.A. office, where she designs for La Parisienne junior sportswear, Agi spent five days on the phone and six weeks testing to come up with the right plastic.

Agi herself tried out the French-cut jeans with the zipper in front, and quickly found several problems: Some plastics tore away from stitching, others wouldn’t bend and all fogged with perspiration. The ideal material proved to be a vinyl supplied by a bookbinder. The steam was eliminated with a series of vents behind the knees and in the crotch. “They’re no hotter than polyester pants,” claims Agi, “and if you wear them with tights, they won’t stick to your legs.”

Whatever the discomfort and despite the problem of Saturday night feverishness, discomaniacs report one major advantage of the plastic pants: no laundry bills. To keep Berliner’s see-through jeans clear, all the wearer needs is a little Windex.

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What morons on

James should be nominated for moron of the year!

Kathy on

They won!

Jen on

Pretty idiotic of them, but isn’t doing at least one majorly idiotic thing a rite of passage in college?

Bender on

Congratulations are in order for wasting food

charlotte on

funny story. I needed this laugh today!

KiKi on

Freaking hilarious! BTW, I’m sure that is a stock image of a pot of chili but it looks horrid!

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