The world's hottest pepper has burned a hole in a man's throat, a medical journal has revealed.
The man, a 47-year-old American citizen, suffered a 1-inch tear in his oesophagus after he bit into a burger which was covered in ghost-pepper puree.
It is not clear how the ghost pepper prompted the man's oesophagus to rupture - whether it was the inflammation, the retching, something else, or a combination of factors.
Ghost peppers have a Scoville rating of more than one million. To put that in perspective: a sweet bell pepper has 0, Tabasco has 100, and Jalapeno has 2,500.
That'sa spicy meatball.
The sauce in which the burger was covered was made from bhut jolokia peppers.
The man vomited immediately after eating the burger and was in severe pain.
He was rushed to a hospital, without delay, where he spent 23 days before he was discharged - with a gastric tube in place