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"Quick Takes" Continued...

Issue: "Beyond the body count," Nov. 5, 2011

Spice girl

Two contestants in an Oct. 1 eating contest at an Edinburgh, Scotland, Indian food restaurant had to be rushed to the hospital after the "Kismot Killer" curry they ingested violently disagreed with their stomachs. American exchange student Curie Kim took second place in the contest to raise money for a local children's charity but required a hospital stay to douse the flames created by the spicy curry. "It was very painful and felt like I was being chainsawed in the stomach with hot sauce on the chainsaw," she told the BBC about her experience. A spokesman for the Scottish Ambulance Service urged organizers to "review the way in which this event is managed in future." Kim says she learned her lesson: "I will be cutting down on my spice intake full stop."


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