Wednesday, July 13, 2016
I learned this lesson the hard way, around two in the morning, when I also learned that I either revert to a five year old and pick my nose in my sleep or I tend to rub my nose in my sleep.
Either way, this was when I learned that though jalapeno peppers aren't *that* hot, they're hot enough to flare up your mucus membranes six hours after you wash your hands after making the salsa.
I mean, I'm relieved it was just my nose. It could have been much worse—I could have been rubbing my eyes. That would be worse than a charley horse. But let me tell you, a jalapeno-flavored finger in your nose will cause you to wake right up, and quick.
So at two in the morning, I learned that jalapeno peppers have between 2,500-5,000 Scoville Heat Units and that the best way to wash the pepper oils from your hands is to use dish soap, rubbing alcohol or milk. Google also taught me that picking your nose while you sleep really is a thing. Who knew?