Hot Sauce Prank Sends 3 to Hospital
Student allegedly spiked spaghetti sauce in school cafeteria
By Kevin Spak, Newser User
Posted Jun 6, 2013 3:54 PM CDT
Updated Jun 9, 2013 6:46 AM CDT
You'll find many people don't appreciate surprise hot sauce.   (Shutterstock)

(Newser) – It looked like a normal plate of spaghetti marinara, perfectly edible by school cafeteria standards. But when a Chicago high school student bit into it, he got a rude awakening. Someone had spiked a jar of the school's marinara sauce with "Da Bomb" hot sauce, a brand that prides itself on its near toxicity, ABC News reports. One variety, "Final Answer Hot Sauce" has almost as many Scoville units as pepper spray.

The student complained to cafeteria staff, who investigated. The result? Three of the staffers wound up in the hospital from inhaling the fumes of the stuff. Police and school officials have just now revealed the May 14 incident, saying they've arrested the student they suspect perpetrated the prank. He'll be charged as a juvenile with misdemeanor battery.

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Jun 9, 2013 7:40 PM CDT
So we used to pass through Muskogee Oklahoma a lot during the late 90's. There was a bbq stand just as you entered town on US69. We always stopped and picked up some ribs or brisket. On one trip, I noticed a bottle of "Instant Insanity" on the counter. I asked if it was ok. The lady said it was not for the weak. I am very tolerant of spicy foods so I put just a drop on the end of a rib. I ate it and didn't think much about it. We got in the car and then it hit me. A burning streak all the way down to my gall bladder. It was like I had swallowed a heating wire and someone plugged it in. I told my buddy to drive as quickly to the Circle K. I ran in and went right for the milk cooler. I finished off a 1/2 gallon right there. I then paid for it and finished the other 1/2 in the car. Thus my lesson on anything named Insanity.
Jun 9, 2013 3:42 PM CDT
I have never heard of a Scoville Unit before. Mexicans about a half year ago claim they have come out with the "world's hottest" hot sauce, but so far as I know the Chinese for centuries have had the "world's hottest" hot sauce and it is illegal to import into our USA. I wonder how many Scoville Units the Chinese and Mexican versions rate, and how much the Scoville rating is on this hot sauce in question. Of course, consistent with what we often READ ON NEWSER... information is confusing and incomplete !!!!
Jun 9, 2013 7:39 AM CDT
That is absolutely disgusting and terrible. This incident is absolutely nothing like when I and my college roommates coated someone's pizza with crushed and powered exlax.