A morning news team decided to take part in Paqui’s #OneChipChallenge, a social media contest that encourages people to try the “world’s hottest chip,” which is flavored with one of the spiciest peppers in the world. Unfortunately, Natalie Tysdal, one of the anchors, couldn’t handle the heat, and the results were disastrous.
As reported by Fox News, the Denver-based Channel 2 Daybreak news team all participated in the challenge, with one anchor even heckling those who didn’t eat an entire chip from the beginning, saying, “It’s not a ‘tiny bite challenge,’ it’s a ‘one-chip challenge.’ Just stick that whole thing in there.”
A second anchor joined in, taunting his fellow anchors by saying, “Come on, eat the rest of the chip already.”
One anchor even suggested the others were “overreacting” to the level of spiciness.
Tysdal, who quickly begins to struggle with the heat from the chip, starts off by clutching the table. Then, she doubles over, placing her head behind the desk, and vomits off-camera.
One of Tysdal’s co-hosts quickly notifies the rest of the group that there’s a problem, saying “Oh, oh! Natalie threw up!”
Another anchor informs the viewers that the challenge “is going very poorly, folks,” before asking for someone to come and help Tysdal.
A person working with the show brings some beverages to the anchors before one of them quickly announces that they are going to break.
Tysdal later took to Facebook to let everyone know that she was okay and to recommend people rethink trying the challenge for themselves.
“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 dark alley,” Tysdal wrote. “I wouldn’t recommend it.”
The Carolina Reaper pepper was dubbed by the Guinness Book of World Records as the “world’s hottest chili pepper.” They are said to be twice as hot as ghost peppers.