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"Chili Today... Dead Tomorrow", Way to Die #233, is the fourth death showcased in the season 6 episode "Crying Over Spilled Blood", which aired on July 15, 2012.


Mary and Larry are on a two-week bus tour through the desert Southwest, and they had stopped by the trading post of a Native American named Chief Proudfoot, in hopes of buying a few souvenirs from him. However, Proudfoot asks very high prices for them (For example, $650 for a medicine man mask). Larry then notices a basket full of ghost chili peppers, which he foolishly assumed were just regular chili peppers (Mary also remarks that Larry won a pepper eating contest back home at one point).

Despite Proudfoot's warnings not to consume any of them, the ignorant Larry ate one anyway, which burned his mouth badly enough to leave sores in it. That is because ghost peppers measure up to at least 1.5 million heat units on the Scoville scale; 400 times hotter than Tabasco sauce!

His mouth felt like the inside of a pizza oven, as he then raced to the fridge for a drink to cool and douse down the flames on his mouth. It is the worst thing he could've done, as what he drank happens to be rattlesnake venom. The venom entered Larry's bloodstream through open wounds formed in his mouth because of the pepper. Larry yells and vomits a mixture of chunky blood and vomit. Larry starts violently shaking on the ground while the only thing that Mary can do is just sit there and sob. After foaming from the mouth and speaking gibberish, Larry croaks and Marry sits there sobbing.

"Larry spots something he can sink his teeth into."


  • Jules Sylvester - Zoologist


  • This death takes place on the same day as Suck Her Punched.
  • Also called "Snake Chug" on the Spike TV website.
  • This is the second death using the same pun. The first is Hair Today, Dead Tomorrow.
  • This death slightly contradicts Way to Die #92: Fang Banged (the first death interviewed by Jules Sylvester), where Thom Beers said "You could actually drink a vial of Snake Venom and feel no ill effects." It should be noted, however, that it killed Larry because it entered his bloodstream through the sores in his mouth. Usually, rattlesnake venom is harmless to drink so long as there's no passageway into the bloodstream.
  • The infamous ghost pepper (also known as the Bhut Jolokia, Naga Jolokia, Red Naga chili, etc.) measures between 330,000 and 1.5 million SHU.
    • Up until 2017, the Carolina Reaper (whose SHU rating can peak to over 2.2 million) was the hottest pepper in the world, beating out the Trinidad Moruga Scorpion (whose SHU rating peaked to at least 2 million). In May 2017, it was reported that the Dragon's Breath chili pepper achieved a heat rating of 2.48 million SHU, which made it the new hottest pepper in the world for a time. The same year, an even hotter pepper, Pepper X, which was created by Ed Currie (the man who created the Carolina Reaper), took the title with a reported heat rating of 3.18 million SHU but remains unconfirmed by Guinness World Records as of 2021. 
  • It is the final appearance of Jules Sylvester in the series.
  • Jules also has an extra interview before Larry spits the snake venom in the German version.
  • This death is very similar to Gum's the Word, as both deaths involve the victim drinking something that poisons them in an attempt to wash out something they put in their mouth.

Foreign names

  • El Fantasma del Pimiento (The Pepper's Ghost) - Latin American dub
  • Peor el remedio... que la enfermedad (Worse the remedy... than the disease) - Spanish dub
  • Heute chilli- morgen tot (Today, chili - Tomorrow, dead) - German dub
  • Dzisiaj papryczka - jutro kapliczka - Polish voice-over