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Spicy Spectacles: The Hunt For The World's Hottest Pepper

Part of a competition in Northeast India, Pu Zozam ate five chili peppers, then collapsed. Food scientists call the Bhut Jolokia he ate one of the world's hottest peppers. Writer Mary Roach talks about her experience traveling to the state of Nagaland to try the pepper for herself.

Oh, This Is Fattening? Teens Ignore Fast-Food Calorie Counts

About 40 percent of kids ages 9 to 18 report paying attention to calorie information when it's available in chain or fast-food restaurants. But youths who frequent fast-food joints two or more times a week were far less likely to say they used posted calorie counts to guide their choices.

Does Canada's $100 Bill Smell Like Maple Syrup? Many Say So

After a new version of the bill was introduced in 2011, the Bank of Canada heard from dozens of people who were convinced that it included a maple-scented scratch-and-sniff patch. The bank says it didn't do that. But imagine: What might be a good scent for U.S. bills?

Why Healthful Vending Machines Might Hurt The Blind

Blind entrepreneurs who own vending machines are worried that legislative mandates to replace junk food with more healthful items will impact their business. In Oregon, the vendors are collaborating with health officials to find a happy medium.

Picnicking Through The Ages

Today, heading out to a picnic often means a simple blanket and a basket packed with the outing's repast. But back in the day, outdoor feasts were much grander affairs, with crystal, servants, tables and gourmet fare.