When you take a bite of a hot pepper, your body reacts as if your mouth is on fire -- because that's essentially what you've told your brain! Rose Eveleth details the science and history behind spicy foods, giving insights into why some people continue to pay the painful price for a little spice.
1. Define spicy.
2. Explain why not all spicy foods are spicy in the same way.
3. What do you think of spicy food?