A 30 year old man on holiday with his family in California stopped on the boardwalk at a hot sauce store and took part in its hot sauce challenge. Contestants dipped just a toothpick in the hot sauce and put it on their tongues.
Okay, we all know about the heat and discomfort really hot chili can give. When I eat particularly hot chili, the pain in my head is excruciating—enough to make me cautious before trying it again although a small amount daily is said to be beneficial.
The chili (chilli) pepper, of plants from the genus Capsicum, are members of the nightshade family. Deadly nightshade is poison, right? The fiery vegetable originated in the Americas. Brought to Asia by Portuguese navigators during the 16th century, many cultivars of chili pepper spread across the world, used in both food and medicine.
He woke up in hospital, gripped by a seizure. That must have been dreadful. I wonder if he remembered the chili he'd tasted?
Doctors performed an MRI scan and discovered he had a cancerous brain tumor—something that would never have been picked up unless he'd experienced those particular circumstances.
Fortunately, the condition was caught in time for the treatment that led to his recovery. He owes his life to the fiery sauce.
I love to hear about how something good comes out of something bad.
My shift to the other side of the world alone and without any contacts in the new country strengthened me. Never once did I think I couldn't do it—find a job and establish another life. Although the situation taxed me to the limit, I emerged a stronger person.
How did a challenge strengthen you?