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Ian Lipkin and Mady Hornig respond to the Chilli ME Challenge on July 1st

Discussion in 'General ME/CFS News' started by aimossy, Jun 16, 2015.

  1. aimossy

    aimossy Senior Member

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    From the Microbe Discovery Team Facebook page!
     
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  2. Valentijn

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    Awesome trailer! :rofl:
     
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  3. Bob

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    lol, this could be quite an entertaining event. Good on the CII team for getting stuck into this, and organizing it. I think it demonstrates a certain commitment! And the video is great!

    Please be sure to click through to their chilli challenge webpage:
    http://www.mailman.columbia.edu/chiliME
     
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    Sidereal Senior Member

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    Hilarious!
     
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    Tuha Senior Member

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    really funny and nice invention :)
     
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  6. aimossy

    aimossy Senior Member

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    Just confirmed and added to the main post!

    "The more donations the higher the Spice-O -Meter becomes and the hotter the chilli's the researchers will consume!"
     
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  7. Valentijn

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    It looks like they've already progressed past the not-spicy-at-all bell pepper, and are into poblano territory:
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    I wanna see some researchers munching on habaneros! :D
     
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  8. Sasha

    Sasha Fine, thank you

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    OK, they got me - just donated - want to see that chilli pepper light up! :eek::devil:
     
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  9. Bob

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    OK, so how should I react to my instinct to take pity on these poor researchers who want to help us? I can see its not a very helpful instinct in this situation! Should I be tapping into some deeper primal instincts here?
     
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    For those who are wondering, those peppers rank as follows on the Scoville scale, which is used to assess hotness (0-2,200,000):
    • Bell pepper: 0 :meh:
    • Poblano: 1,000 - 1,500 :redface:
    • Jalapeño: 2,500 - 10,000 :wide-eyed:
    • Thai (Bird's Eye): 100,000 - 225,000 :jaw-drop:
    • Habanero: 100,000 - 350,000 :eek:
     
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    Donated! :D
     
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  12. Valentijn

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    I want to see it too, but I don't have any money. I did share the video on Facebook though, along with the hashtag and link to the page. So maybe some friends and family will "help" them out :D
     
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    I knoowwww, as people who often have sensitive senses, I think a lot of us are going to be tempted to take pity...

    @Valentijn , I love your accompanying emojis!

    -J
     
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  14. Sasha

    Sasha Fine, thank you

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    Remember, we need them alive!
     
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    Yes, I was a little concerned about that too. But I'm going to operate under the assumption that the peppers were chosen based on past experiences, and that they deliberately selected peppers which probably wouldn't kill them :hug:
     
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  16. Bob

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    It's ok, they have a lot of biohazard safety equipment in their lab, including quarantine facilities in case anything goes wrong. They're used to dealing with biohazards; Lipkin regularly deals with killer viruses, so he can handle some lethal chilli peppers. (Admittedly, he doesn't usually ingest the biohazards, but that's just a technicality.)
     
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    This reminds me of the movie Contagion.
     
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    lol, i noticed that they have a poster for 'Contagion' in the background of the promotional video. He carries the chillis past it. :)
     
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    Haha, I hadn't even noticed it!
     
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    I had to give after that video.

    Yup, I don't necessarily want to lose talented researchers to Habaneros... Looking forward to seeing the challenge, though.
     
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