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man that sucked

Thu, 03/19/2009 - 01:15 by Ananth in response to homemade mace

Yuko was growing Poblano peppers for a while (as evidenced here), and she decided she wanted to dry some of them out. She and John tried to speed up the process by putting them in the toaster oven - baaad news. We coughed uncontrollably for a few hours, try as we might to air out the apartment. It was pretty funny. 

You'll see an unfamiliar face - that's Mark, who visited us for a St. Patrick's day feast yesterday! We all hung out, watched Conrad play RE5, ate a dinner cooked by Yuko and John, and played some Left 4 Dead together ... it was good times. Did YOU do anything special? Drinking counts. 

By the way, Yuko's computer is still gone! She'll have it back within a week, but until then she'll be relatively quiet in her usual haunts. 

EDIT: I looked at the comic again and realized my favorite part is John's why god face in the last panel. 


I really hope that Poblano

Comment by JB (not verified) Thu, 03/19/2009 - 01:28

I really hope that Poblano peppers are mild, so that the smoke was not also burning your eyes in a wretched fashion.

On the other hand, is your apartment spicy pepper fresh now? >_>;

 It is the pepper freshest!

Comment by Ananth Sun, 03/22/2009 - 12:36

 It is the pepper freshest!

Bitch please.

Comment by Joaquin Cruz (not verified) Tue, 02/07/2012 - 22:17

The poblano is the mildest of mild peppers.


In fact, try roasting a habanero.
Here, it's common practice. THOSE are manly tears.


Comment by Mentaluproar (not verified) Thu, 03/19/2009 - 01:39

Ants are already invading my apartment and this comic made me wonder if pepper smog would kill them.

It also gave me ideas for screwing with my friends, you know, hiding those peppers that come with pizza (that nobody eats) in toasters, etc.

I think we have all done stupid things like that with kitchen appliances. I put incense in my freezer once to see what would happen to it. It ended up setting the paper card I had on it on fire and melting some of the bottom of the freezer.

I had the problem with ants

Comment by Ananth Sun, 03/22/2009 - 12:37

I had the problem with ants when I was younger ... we devised a series of tactics that ultimately succeeded! But the pest control guy: not so helpful. 

The incense caught on fire via freezing?!

like mace scented lysol...

Comment by Vale (not verified) Thu, 03/19/2009 - 01:46

Oh, God, my dad did this once. He was roasting jalapenos and serranos in the oven for salsa. And he forgot about them. It was like breathing in mace.

Oh god, we were only using

Comment by Ananth Sun, 03/22/2009 - 12:38

Oh god, we were only using the poblano peppers ... I can't imagine what it would've been like with jalapenos and serranos! My heart goes out to ya. 

Wow, yeah. I'll bet that

Comment by TheBakachan (not verified) Thu, 03/19/2009 - 02:00

Wow, yeah. I'll bet that sucked...

Here's another good bit of pepper safety; After cutting up a bunch of jalapeno peppers or (gods forbid) habanero not do any of the following:

Pick your nose.
Rub your eyes.
Use the bathroom.

Until you have washed your hands a hundred times...possibly with fire.
For some, these are lessons that must be learned the hard way. D;

... well, at least that's

Comment by conrad Thu, 03/19/2009 - 08:48

... well, at least that's one mystery solved.

Yeah... learning things the hard way

Comment by Naktarr (not verified) Thu, 03/19/2009 - 18:56

I felt like fresh chilli on my satay earlier in the week (its not a real satay, so for one, you can add fresh chilli, and two, it wasn't hot enough) and I thought I had washed my hands enough... I found out the truth when I rubbed my eyes D;
What didn't help was I thought I had chopped a red chilli but it turned out to be a green/red hybrid, git.

These are good things to

Comment by Ananth Sun, 03/22/2009 - 20:26

These are good things to know! Thank you!

You should put Mark in more.

Comment by Allison (not verified) Thu, 03/19/2009 - 04:13

You should put Mark in more. He is a fun character to look at with nice hair and fun side burns! *loves side burns*

Yuko's a good artist

Comment by MarkyMark (not verified) Sun, 03/22/2009 - 16:58

Yuko does a good job of drawing me better looking than I actually am.

Whooops! Didn't do much for

Comment by McClaud (not verified) Thu, 03/19/2009 - 04:56


Didn't do much for St. Patrick's Day. I work nights, so drinking is out of the question.

I've only gone to work drunk ONCE a long time ago due to St. Patrick's. I'll never do that again.

* And you don't want me to, since I install code and monitor the Visa/Mastercard transaction servers. Being drunk AND paranoid that I'll screw up and all the credit cards stop working (on St. Pat's Day of all days) is not fun.

Add to the "do not do" list

Comment by Cowdog (not verified) Thu, 03/19/2009 - 05:42

Do not. I repeat: DO NOT attempt to put in or take our your contact lenses after working with peppers, onions, garlic, or any other sort of food which does not belong in your eye-space.

Yes....sadly I did this once. My eyes were watering so much I felt I had to remove my contacts. Woe! And gnashing of teeth!

It wasn't fun.

 Hahaha, oh man ... yeah,

Comment by Ananth Sun, 03/22/2009 - 20:27

 Hahaha, oh man ... yeah, maybe drinking and working is a bad combination for you. Me. Us.

drying out peppers

Comment by Anonymous (not verified) Thu, 03/19/2009 - 06:42

you can dry out peppers, tomatoes, pumpkin seed etc. in the oven but only in normal oven NOT a toaster oven. just set it at 100-150 degrees and it should dry them out in a hour or two. have fun!

Re: drying out peppers

Comment by Dr. Mike Wendell (not verified) Thu, 03/19/2009 - 09:17

I was thinking something along those lines as well. I know we tried a heat lamp once but that didn't do much to them.

 Fantastic! We still have

Comment by Ananth Sun, 03/22/2009 - 20:27

 Fantastic! We still have some peppers to dry out, I think. 

So this would mean no little

Comment by Rae (not verified) Thu, 03/19/2009 - 06:47

So this would mean no little Robertos?

 Actually, we saved a

Comment by Ananth Sun, 03/22/2009 - 20:28

 Actually, we saved a ziploc bag of seeds! ROBERTO LIVES ON


Comment by Decad (not verified) Thu, 03/19/2009 - 07:56

That takes a special kind of momentary retardation. What made you think that was even remotely a good idea? XD

I've worked with volatile

Comment by John Kelly (not verified) Thu, 03/19/2009 - 10:33

I've worked with volatile chemicals in a laboratory setting in the past (we're not talking high-school chemistry here) and you are always aware of the dangers involved before you begin. It's always a good idea to think before you act.

However, the peppers were mild and the toaster oven is not that great, it was truthfully unexpected. Also, hindsight (and comic-sight) is 20-20. Which is why, despite my now raging sore throat, we can all laugh.

My favorite part of this one

Comment by Yenian (not verified) Thu, 03/19/2009 - 08:21

My favorite part of this one is the 'THIS WAS A MISTAKE.' line.

 XD Me too!

Comment by Ananth Sun, 03/22/2009 - 20:29

 XD Me too!


Comment by Meister Jazz (not verified) Thu, 03/19/2009 - 08:22

that had to have been hell D:

Both John and Mark's faces are awesome in that last panel.

A group of my friends SO did

Comment by TaraGeneric (not verified) Thu, 03/19/2009 - 09:58

A group of my friends SO did this. Grew their own hot peppers, which were so blazingly hot that they ruined a vat of soup. They chunked the rest (about twelve of them) into the garbage disposal and ran the hot water and effectively maced themselves. One guy went to the hospital. It was kind of hilarious. Needless to say, they've not grown their own peppers since.

Been there...

Comment by EiceBleu (not verified) Thu, 03/19/2009 - 10:03

We were over at a friends apartment and my hubby wanted to cook (he has no sense of smell) and he had this grand idea all worked out. He wanted to toast the dried pepper bits a little bit in the pan before he adding the other ingredients. Anyway, as is often the case with him and cooking, he got distracted.

The result chased us all out of the apartment for hours, and gave me heart arrhythmia for the next 4 days. Ya'll take care of yourselves ya'hear?


Comment by kaitou (not verified) Thu, 03/19/2009 - 10:34

Fortunately, poblanos are relatively mild.

To me, the best thing to do with poblanos is to roast them to remove the skins -- put them under the broiler, on the grill (what I do) or using a blow torch to blacken the skins, then directly into a zip-lock bag to let them steam themselves. You can freeze them in this state for later use. Rinse the skins off under water, stuff them (e.g. with cheese), dip them in an egg batter and deep fry them (or, even regular fry them).

Oh my god. I once rubbed my

Comment by Ashiru (not verified) Thu, 03/19/2009 - 10:58

Oh my god. I once rubbed my eyes after cutting up a jalapeno and I seriously wanted to gouge out my own eyes it burned so bad. I can't even imagine being gassed by something so hellish. XD

Since my college shares a

Comment by Katie (not verified) Thu, 03/19/2009 - 11:37

Since my college shares a park with the local zoo and Tuesdays are free days for residents and it was St. Patrick's day plus all of the school kids are out for spring break I spent the day cursing people are I tried to get to school. Fun times...

I know your pain

Comment by Justine (not verified) Thu, 03/19/2009 - 11:52

this was the same exact reaction we get at my house everytime my dad makes blackened chicken. you can hardly see through the fog that just totally ninja kicks the hell out of your lungs. uggghhhh.

St. Patty's in Savannah!

Comment by Ellie (not verified) Thu, 03/19/2009 - 11:58

I was in Savannah, Georgia for St. Patty's day and it was AWESOME! We have a huge parade, and tens of thousands of people were everywhere. Well, that part wasn't so fun, but I had a pretty sweet setup on the balcony of a hundred year-old townhouse drinking screwdrivers. Best St. Patty's ever!


Comment by Neverendity (not verified) Thu, 03/19/2009 - 12:19

...try a dehydrator for the peppers. Works well enough for me.

it's like that one time i

Comment by Phil!! (not verified) Thu, 03/19/2009 - 12:32

it's like that one time i stir-fried some jalapenos when mort was showing people around


aw man

Comment by Phil!! (not verified) Thu, 03/19/2009 - 14:23

coughee, even.

ruined :(

I'm afraid I didn't do

Comment by Wrex (not verified) Thu, 03/19/2009 - 12:58

I'm afraid I didn't do anything special for St. Patrick's other than share a pack of Sam Adams Blackberry Witbier with my girlfriend...Despite the fact she lives in a college town with an Irish pub down the road.

Oh well, maybe next time.

Pepper gas was super effective!

Comment by MarkyMark (not verified) Thu, 03/19/2009 - 13:48

I was so glad I brought my water bottle.

John's expression in the last panel is absolutely priceless (and completely accurate), and kudos for including my scruffy sideburns.

You should be in the comic

Comment by andthefunkybunch (not verified) Fri, 03/20/2009 - 12:32

You should be in the comic more often! VISIT THEM MORE!

I love those moments, I

Comment by JDW (not verified) Thu, 03/19/2009 - 15:03

I love those moments, I still remember crazy things like that with my friends years after the fact.

Guys, this strip gets better

Comment by darrylayo (not verified) Thu, 03/19/2009 - 15:38

Guys, this strip gets better every week. Better luck with the cooking though!

peppery good

Comment by Louis (not verified) Thu, 03/19/2009 - 16:23

When I was about ten, my mum had me chop up some tiny little peppers for an Indian dish she was going to try making. After playing around with the seeds for five minutes, I lightly rinsed my hands and proceeded to rub my eyes for one reason or another. Hilarity ensued, but only in retrospect for me. I had sandwiches for dinner. :/

How hot was the oven? 450

Comment by Sovy Kurosei (not verified) Thu, 03/19/2009 - 17:04

How hot was the oven? 450 F?

Either way it got a 'LOL' out of me.


Comment by Mozzelnuff (not verified) Thu, 03/19/2009 - 17:14

xD yes god?? im gonna look more into the art, story, etc

This is a daily thing for me...

Comment by LoneIcthyo (Joe) (not verified) Thu, 03/19/2009 - 21:38

Haha, this is completely normal in my household, it's called, my sister has no taste but for heat.

I'm sure Ananth would laugh at this considering he already knows I eat only red bean paste ice cream, which does not help in these situations, but is oh so worth it.

God, I hope she doesn't do it this week, I can only so much pepper. >_<

Pepper experiences.

Comment by Joe (not verified) Fri, 03/20/2009 - 21:45

This comic reminds me of two bad experiences I've had with peppers.
The first is the time I mistook my mom's pepper spray for breath spray. I think you all can figure out the end to that one.
The second is the time my friends and I all went out to dinner at this local place (in?)famous for its wing sauces. They're ranked on a heat scale ranging from the simple, mild honey sauce all the way up to Ludicrous Sauce, which I'm pretty sure was just liquefied habaneros. The servers are actually required to try to convince people out of ordering the Ludicrous Sauce.
So of course we got it.
One guy couldn't finish his meal after one drop
I threw up after two drops
Another guy got through three drops, washed his hands four times, rubbed his eye, and felt it burn for the next hour and a half.
Each of us drank two pitches of water within ten minutes.
The last girl was too scared to go anywhere near it after watching the three of us react.

As far as St. Paddy's Day is concerned, I was too busy celebrating my birthday. :D
Birthdays are so much happier when everyone already has a reason to celebrate something.


Comment by Rachelle (not verified) Fri, 03/20/2009 - 22:07

That totally looks like Mark!!!

And how is it that it seems you guys smoke up the place so often? When I visited it happened too haha.

I like the pepper smoke. Pretty.


Comment by Cielmer (not verified) Sat, 03/21/2009 - 12:47

When it's out of season I stick my peppers under a desktop light. It's a weird process but it does work. In the summer I hang them out on the patio for a good few weeks. Best thing to do for multiple peppers (and to hoard over the winter season) is to do them in groups. They have to be spaced out just so they can dehydrate evenly.

Evidently I never do enough peppers -- my girlfriend goes thru them more than I do. -_-;;;

you wanna know what's even worse?

Comment by Kerri (not verified) Sat, 03/21/2009 - 21:49

chopping up bannana peppers getting some of it's juice on you and then not washing your hands and then proceeding to touch a open scratch on your leg. IT FELT LIKE SOMEBODY WAS STABBING MY LEG WITH A RUSTY BUTCHER KNIFE! D:

but yeah sucks what happened to you guys

Ah.. but...

Comment by Cielmer (not verified) Sun, 03/22/2009 - 06:06

...imagine wiping it into your eyes.

I'd rather settle for an open wound than in the ol' occulars...