Is there a Boy Scout merit badge for eating insanely spicy food? Because if there is, one troop leader from Fredericksburg would earn it quicker than the amount of time it took for him to eat 23 ghost peppers.
The strong-willed and iron-stomached Assistant Scout Master Johnny, as he is called, sat down in front of a camera in December and downed 23 ghost peppers in mere minutes as a way to raise scholarship and uniform funds for the scouts in his troop, Fredericksburg Troop 137.
The troop posted a video of Assistant Scout Master Johnny’s exploits to YouTube shortly after.
“Although we’re asking you to share this video, under no circumstances should you do this at home,” Scoutmaster Gayne C. Young says in the introduction to the video. “Right now, as I’m filming this, it’s been 20 hours since Johnny consumed 23 ghost peppers, and he’s still in bed with really, really bad stomach pains. Immediately after he consumed 23 ghost peppers, he had six Klondike bars, a bottle of Pepto-Bismol, a bottle of Mylanta, a half-gallon of milk, lots of water, and he was very sick…at both ends.”
Assistant Scout Master Johnny starts off his noble quest with a light heart, laughing in the face of spicy peppers and clear sinuses.
“Are they hot? We need some commentary,” Young asked Johnny after he ate three peppers in 20 seconds.
“I can’t comment, they’re too delicious, it’s not worthy of my comment,” Johhny replied.
Slowly, Johnny became more and more suspicious of the peppers.
Eventually, Johnny ate all 23 peppers on his plate, and then promptly proceeded to chug some milk.
Apparently, the YouTube video worked. A week-old comment on the video states that the troop has received hundreds of dollars in donations, with more money coming from another company.
Watch the full feat of human strength below, and if you’re in a giving mood, donate to Troop 137 at the group’s PayPal account.