Most Passive-Aggressive Gift of the Season: Chocolate-Covered Carolina Reaper Peppers
If life is like a box of chocolates and you never know what you're gonna get, just hope you don't get anonymously sent one of these totally evil peppers.
Photo via Flickr user Richard Elzey
Oh, Generation Z. You're just adorable.
We've come to that conclusion based on a "scientific" study of a cohort of two, namely Lizzie and Sabrina, 18-year-old friends who are utilizing the internet and the world's hottest pepper to propel themselves into the sweet spot of entrepreneurship and minor fame.
Earlier this year, the two girls, clad in workout gear, ate Carolina reaper peppers—which rate a hefty 2.2 million units on the Scoville heat meter—for our collective amusement. They posted the video results—with plenty of retching and screaming—on YouTube, where 8.5 million people enjoyed the results.
"This was the worst idea ever," Lizzie screamed in the video, before possibly throwing up blood. Sabrina had a literal breakdown on camera as her mom screamed, "This is not fucking good."
Later, Sabrina said, "I thought I was going to die."
So what do you do when you suffer the effects of a Carolina reaper pepper, but it propels you to internet fame?
You monetize it, of course.
Lizzie and Sabrina have now started an online service called Pepper Bomb Your Mom. For just $9.99, you can express your passive aggression in its most unadulterated form by anonymously sending your best frenemies and most disliked relatives a gift of chocolate-covered Carolina reapers.
"Chance you'll piss someone off? 92 percent," the website says. "Chance you'll feel good about it? 95 percent." We're not sure how Lizzie and Sabrina came to those percentages, but their answer to this question—"Chance they'll get over it? 51 percent"—seems to come from personal experience.
The pair claims to have bombed 174 people as of today—and the site only launched last week.
We're pleased that the future of the world rests on the shoulders of teens like Lizzie and Sabrina, who know how to take the internet and an evil hot pepper and turn the combination into business magic. It just goes to show that if you don't draw the line at self-abuse or abuse of others, you can make your dreams come true.
Rock on, girls.