A brewery tank that held about 135,000 gallons of beer burst open and played a game of dominoes with the other tanks in the building, knocking them over before the wave crashed out of the building. Because the brewery was located in the poor part of town, many residents were living in cramped basement apartments that quickly flooded, trapping them inside to meet their maker with a blood alcohol level well above the legal limit. The flood of beer destroyed a wake, took out a pub wall, and killed a mother and daughter at tea across the street.
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Terrified screams of "Drinks on the house!" may have failed to warn others
of what, exactly, was happening.
So, who's to blame for when beer attacks? The good Lord! The entire accident was ruled an act of God, so the brewery was not held responsible for any of the death or mayhem, a tradition many people still try to uphold today, blaming all their alcohol-induced stupidity on someone else.
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The first time I ever went to a restaurant that had a spicy food challenge, I saw that they had waivers that patrons had to sign before they took part, just in case anything terrible happened. This was, of course, bullshit and just to add a bit of flare to the whole thing. How do I know this? Because no one has ever died from eating spicy food in the history of humankind -- except one guy. And that guy didn't go to a restaurant.
Though facing chili-death at a Chili's would've been the kind of depressing event
monuments are erected for.
Scientifically speaking, it's entirely possible that spicy food could kill you, but it's in that way that eating stones and going swimming could kill you -- how likely are you to let it get that bad, anyway? The discomfort from eating chilies would make you stop well before it became lethal, at least in most cases. But not so for Andrew Lee, who made himself a home-brew hot sauce and promptly died as a result.
Hot sauce, and the capsaicin in it, can cause a severe allergic reaction at high levels, which can lead to anaphylactic shock. You can kill rats with high-dose capsaicin if you're a really vindictive exterminator, and the official cause will be shock; the body just can't handle high doses of the stuff, especially since it starts messing with how you interpret nerve signals.
Though if you view bukkakeing your tongue with ghost peppers as a good idea, your brain
may already be receiving shitty signals.
While it's possible spicy food has contributed to other people's deaths, Lee wins the award for being the guy who definitely died from it; he'd had a recent physical, so it's known he was in otherwise good health. The problem was, as a tough guy who thought he could handle hot foods, as so many of those type do, he mixed up a brew of super hot sauce and decided to ignore the usual safeguards, like eating it with bread or really anything that would protect his stomach lining. At high enough levels, capsaicin will just plow through your stomach lining, and then it's in your blood stream, where even if you've never shown symptoms of an allergy, a severe reaction can occur and knock your ass flat.
So what the hell did Lee eat? The story didn't say, but rumor has it his dad recently sent him some seeds for the kinds of chilies like the Carolina reaper that are usually only grown in the yards of houses from Stephen King novels that rack up 1.5 million Scoville units on the heat scale, compared to your average habanero pepper that is only a couple hundred. These things are even hotter than ghost chilies, which were your granddad's hottest chilies until people started making insane new hybrids a few years ago that can, for all intents and purposes, actually burn your asshole off.
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