It used to be cool to embarrass yourself by eating a ghost pepper on camera and crying on YouTube.
Now those videos are just shameful. The new hot sheriff in town is the Carolina Reaper, and it's still kicking our asses two days after we tried it.
Guinness World Records again dubbed Smokin' Ed's Carolina Reaper the hottest chile in the world at the NYC Hot Sauce Expo over the weekend. It measures well over 1.5 million on the Scoville Scale -- for reference, Tobasco tops out at 1,200 Scoville units -- and its heat causes numbing of the hands and a rush of endorphins.
Essentially, the Carolina Reaper is making the ghost pepper and Trinidad Moruga Scorpion look like the virgin colada of heat. Somehow, though, HuffPost photographer Raydene Salinas conned a bunch of people into trying Smokin' Ed's Carolina Reaper sauce at the event, and captured their tear-jerking reactions.
Check out the photos below, and head over to HuffPost Live on Friday to see our own staff try to endure the Carolina Reaper.