World’s Hottest Pepper Saves Man’s Life

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Randy Schmitz Survives: ‘The Tumor Would Not Have Been Discovered had it not been for the Hot Sauce’

MYRTLE BEACH (WITI) —  reports: A man claims hot sauce saved his life!

Randy Schmitz of Orland Park, Illinois has always loved hot sauce. So when he was vacationing in Myrtle Beach last summer, he decided to stop at a hot sauce store and take their challenge.

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Contestants had to dip a toothpick in the hot sauce and put it on their tongues. One of the hot sauces in this hot sauce challenge is so incredibly hot, people are required to sign waivers before sampling it.

“The next thing I knew, I had woken up on a stretcher in a hospital room — covered in vomit.”

It’s called “Flashbang” and combines Carolina Reaper, scorpion, and habanero peppersaccording to the Huffington Post. The Carolina Reaper was crowed the world’s hottest pepper a few years ago.

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“Schmitz was rushed to an emergency room for an MRI scan of his brain. That’s when they discovered a cancerous brain tumor in its early stages.”

“I made it the five minutes. My sister then said she wanted to take the challenge, but I said, ‘you might want to hold off. I’m feeling really sick,’” Schmitz told ABC News.

The sauce caused Schmitz to suffer a seizure.

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“Within a few days, he had the tumor removed and the treatment was complete. The tumor would not have been discovered had it not been for the hot sauce.”

“The next thing I knew, I had woken up on a stretcher in a hospital room — covered in vomit,” he said in the letter he sent to the Pepper Palace, the business that hosted the challenge. Read the rest of this entry »


BEWARE of FALLING OBJECTS: Woman Killed by Falling Facade From Chicago Church, Oklahoma McDonald’s Sign Falls Trapping Two People

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A Chicago woman was killed Thursday after a piece of facade fell off a church in the South Loop neighborhood, police said.

The woman, identified by family members as 34-year-old Sara Bean, was walking in the 1900 block of South Michigan Avenue with her fiance around noon when a piece of masonry fell from the Second Presbyterian Church and struck her, police said.

“I just see something come down, and I look closely and I just see the lady fall down, really falls down, and the guy just starts yelling hysterically like something was really going on.”

— Broderick Adams, witness

Bean was transported in critical condition to Northwestern Memorial Hospital where she was pronounced dead….(read more)

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“All of a sudden as I was looking at the menu I sort of saw a shadow on my hood and when I looked over that pole was just almost right in my face.”

Meanwhile, in Oklahoma…

okcfox.com reports:

Two people from Weatherford are recovering after a horrific experience in the McDonald’s drive thru. The Golden Arches fell on top of their cars, leaving them pinned inside.

When Weatherford fire crews got to the scene at the McDonald’s on N. Washington they immediately called for backup and alerted medical units, anticipating critical injuries.

“You’re first reaction is that it is going to be a horrific accident.”

— Fire Chief Mike Karlin

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