Best Food Challenge You'll Never Want to Do Again - 2011
Hot Chili Pepper Eating Contest, The Arizona Taco Festival (October 15)
7135 E. Via Soleri Drive
Scottsdale, AZ 85251
Normally, finishing a few chili peppers would be no problem, but the eating challenge at this annual festival of tacos and tequila consists of seven rounds of increasingly hot peppers — the last of which is the dreaded ghost chili, a pepper so hot that the Indian military recently approved its use in hand grenades. If mind-numbing oral pain and the loss of control of all facial functions sound fun to you, go for it. Finish each pepper within the three-minute time limit and you win a sizable cash prize, the respect of the crowd, and an almost certain case of the lava shits. Hooray?