EXCLUSIVE: Watch MasterChef’s Graham Elliot Test a Man with a ‘Superhuman’ Palate (VIDEO)

01/04/2016 at 10:30 AM ET


How superhuman is your palate?

A contestant on Superhuman, a new two-hour special hosted by Kal Penn (premiering Monday, Jan. 4 at 8 p.m. on Fox), is challenged by MasterChef‘s Graham Elliot to taste a dish of stuffed peppers and identify which one of its 23 ingredients are missing.

The show tests the abilities of 12 ordinary people, all of whom possess a distinct, nearly superhuman ability in fields like memory, hearing, taste and touch, to use their skills to win the show’s $100,000 grand prize.

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Will Brown, a contestant from Atlanta who was selected for the show for his extraordinary palate, approaches Elliot’s peppers with confidence, but soon finds himself torn between smoked paprika and cumin as the missing ingredient.

Penn, along with a guest panel including Mike Tyson, Mary Lynn Rajskub and neurosurgeon Dr. Rahul Jandial, set the rules (and provide the star power) for the show.

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Of all the wacky challenges game show contestants must endure, tasting Elliot’s food sounds like a pretty sweet deal.

— Maria Yagoda, @mariayagoda

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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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