Thumb Blast: The End of An Era

24 01 2008

The culprits…

The Brethren…

The Aftershock…

The Toast of Champions… (p.s. Wade doesn’t look so hot…)

Mark it down. January 24, 2008. It’s over. The Brethren that is the Thumb Blast Club has reached it’s Mount Everest. Thumb Blast Club? Mount Everest?
What am I talking about? Let me recount the tale.

Earlier this year, I mentioned that I had been spending too much time at Firehouse Subs. Well, even with all those lunches, I never really gave much notice to the firing squad of hot sauces that lined the counter top. Until that one fateful day when my favorite Asian slash boss, Larry, and I were minding our own business, enjoying our subs, when the manager of Firehouse wandered over with two toothpicks and an unassuming bottle labeled 357 Mad Dog, with this nice little cartoon dog, smiling with a chef hat on. Mr. Firehouse asked us if we like hot sauce, and then told us just to hit the tip of the toothpick with the sauce and the quickly dab our tongue with it. And that’s when it all begin. You see, hot sauces are measured in scoville units. Never heard of them? Neither had we until we did a little research. Apparently the world has gotten too good for the ‘Mild’ and ‘Hot’ that I grew up on. From Wikipedia: “The Scoville scale is a measure of the hotness or, more correctly, piquancy of a chili pepper. These fruits of the Capsicum genus contain capsaicin, a chemical compound which stimulates chemoreceptor nerve endings in the skin, especially the mucous membranes. The number of Scoville heat units (SHU) indicates the amount of capsaicin present. Jalepenos rank somewhere between 2,500 and 8,000 scoville units. Mad Dog tops in at 357,000 scoville units” Blah blah blah. Firehouse simplifies it for you – they just write numbers on the tops of the hot sauces ranking from 3 to 10+++. And 357 is a 10+++.

But it wasn’t until the next time a few of the guys from work and I were at Firehouse, that we developed the thumb blast (a subject Larry blogged about earlier this week, so you can read the description there) and dove head first into the fire by thumb blasting Da Bomb, the second hottest sauce at Firehouse (119,700 scoville units). Shortly thereafter, Spencer threw up.

It then spread like chicken pox – soon, a small clan of Da Bomb Thumb-Blasters existed, and its popularity became so renown that it was made a part of the Elevation Church Staff New Hire Initiation Challenge – don’t ask, unless you’re asking Larry Brey. That pretty much brings you up to speed to today. The blame of who it falls on it still fuzzy, but most agree that it was Wes or Wade. Either way, there we were, thumb blasting our way into the history books (following Jeremy’s lead a few weeks prior…) with the sauce that Hot Sauce calls it’s hottest available hot sauce, and one of the worlds hottest sauces. The pain falls somewhere between a tattoo on your tongue and losing a finger to a band saw, but you can’t fully understand it unless you do it yourself – so go find your local Firehouse subs, find the 10+++ and join us in Hot Sauce Nirvana. And don’t touch your eye.




One response

25 01 2008
John Bishop

Well Said Ryan!

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