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04 January 2010 @ 09:22 pm

Have you ever thought a food was spicy until you mentioned its spiciness to someone else who thought you were crazy for thinking it was spicy, and then it turned out you were actually allergic to that food and that's why it made your mouth burn?


If yes, please share in comments what the food was.
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I'm feeling: curiouscurious
Rowan: Wintermzrowan on January 5th, 2010 02:30 am (UTC)
Although certain brands of frozen and fresh mashed potatoes do make my mouth burn, I never mistook that for spiciness (nor figured out what ingredient could have possibly caused it).
Living in Oblivionblivious on January 5th, 2010 02:45 am (UTC)
I once had a food that my dining companion was also having that I thought was the spiciest thing on the planet ever and she didn't think was spicy at all.

Then I gave her one of the teeny peppers that were not well distributed and she agreed with me.
Elizabeth Hunterlillibet on January 5th, 2010 02:48 am (UTC)
I have an odd reaction to cape gooseberries, which were in vogue as garnish on dessert plates for a while. Apparently other people find them innocuously sweet, while I find them unbearably sour--more sour than any lemon.

But they don't make my mouth burn.
TWP: Brainsyouvebeenpixied on January 5th, 2010 03:16 am (UTC)
Now you have me wondering if I'm allergic to stuff or if I am just a wimp. I hate spicy food. Why do people like their mouths and lips burning?
ruthless compassion: smirkaroraborealis on January 5th, 2010 03:23 am (UTC)
Why do people like their mouths and lips burning?

I love this question so much!

I like lots of things that are specialized tastes, or that some people think are painful in a bad way. I love getting my legs waxed, for example, and I deeply enjoyed the pain of getting my tattoo. Spicy food is similar, until it's too spicy, and then it's not tasty/fun, anymore.

Do you have anything like that? :)
TWP: smileyouvebeenpixied on January 5th, 2010 03:35 am (UTC)
I am told caviar is an acquired taste. Does that count?
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Misanthropic extrovertdbang on January 5th, 2010 02:08 pm (UTC)
Uh....yeah but not so much. Because if you coul have do the onions without pain while still having the deliciousness of dinner, you would have, right?

The ends justifying the means is not the same as enjoying the means.
Chance: gator-deermiss_chance on January 5th, 2010 03:44 am (UTC)
You mean raw carrots really aren't spicy? :) I would think from the response to this poll that I'm the only one this happened to, except that I learned that raw carrots don't burn most people when this conversation came up about someone else who had thought cantaloupe was this awesome, incredibly spicy fruit.

Since it's not all raw carrots, not baby carrots, and not carrots taken fresh from the ground, I'm leaning toward earthling177's idea that it's a root-mold I'm allergic to.

still, seriously, no one else has had this experience? I suddenly feel like the synthestete I read interviewed who discovered in her teens that not everyone perceives numbers as having colors.

Do you ever wonder what experiences of the world you take for granted that no one else shares?
ruthless compassion: martini handsaroraborealis on January 5th, 2010 03:47 am (UTC)
I'm pretty sure I know of at least one other person who had the same experience with carrots, but I don't think she reads this lj ...

Do you ever wonder what experiences of the world you take for granted that no one else shares?

Do you ever wonder why I post so many polls? ;)
TWPyouvebeenpixied on January 5th, 2010 03:48 am (UTC)
All the time. And I wonder what I am missing out on.
Chance: lobster phonemiss_chance on January 5th, 2010 05:08 am (UTC)
hmmm... I think it says something or another that probably people who know me are not at all surprised to hear... but it really never occurred to me until I read your comment to think that I might be missing out- I just wondered what really funky, beautiful things that the world does that other people, sadly, don't get to share because actually they're all in my head.
our lady of perpetual amusement: demonbox2dakotakym on January 5th, 2010 06:42 am (UTC)
I can relate; I'm quite sure that my experience of some things is drastically different than that of most folks. I've never really been tempted to try hallucinogenic substances, because my brain & body take so many wild adventures all on their own. Menstruation, for example, has transformed into an ecstatic & trippy experience over the years. And much of the time, I feel like I'm gliding over the ground like a hovercraft, and the balls of my feet grow pleasantly warm as though I'm walking on radiantly heated floors.
It's fun.
Chance: lobster phonemiss_chance on January 5th, 2010 07:10 am (UTC)
While you describe some very cool and fun feelings and experiences, I believe you are doing it from a point of view of understanding that not everyone (and possibly not many) people experience these things. What I find myself wondering is what feelings/perceptions/experiences are unique or rare to me that I don't have the slightest clue are unique or rare to me.
Misanthropic extrovertdbang on January 5th, 2010 02:10 pm (UTC)
I have discovered these a few times, accidentally, and it's both awesome and disconcerting.

(Of course, now that I'm trying to remember what they are, I'm drawing a blank.)
Misanthropic extrovertdbang on January 5th, 2010 02:15 pm (UTC)
I discovered/noticed when I was young (school age) that my two eyes see different colors. Like...you hold up a blue mug, and I see...blue. if I close my left eye, I also see...blue. But it's different. And with my right eye? Also...blue. But a different blue. which is to say, the word stays the same, but the color is different.

I've never met anyone else who reports this.

What it made me think, then and now, is that most people's eyes both see the same color, which then they come to believe is absolute, since they don't have the experience I have of seeing two different colors, both blue. Which led and leads me to wonder what colors look like through other people's eyes...and further, how that "colors" (haha) their life experience.

One of my eyes sees...hmmm, the whole world in "warmer" tones, like turning up the "temperature" in Photoshop. The other eye sees cooler tones. Looking out one eye vs. the other can affect my mood. I wonder how much of people's moods is affected by their permanent experience the shades of their visual world.
What do you think we are, Monkeys on Sticks???goat on January 5th, 2010 06:30 pm (UTC)
OMG! My eyes do this, too! Though the light has to be right, or I have to be relaxed enough to notice it or something.
porpurina: sushibloodstones on January 5th, 2010 04:19 am (UTC)
Yes. I wonder this *all the time*.

Regarding the poll: my cousin discovered her allergy to eggplants in this manner.
Susan Constantsconstant on January 5th, 2010 02:06 pm (UTC)
Phew. I was reading all through to find a place where someone mentioned eggplants, because while I know that my reaction to them is allergic, I was truly not sure whether the spicy part is part of my allergy or whether most people find them spicy but not necessarily that they make their mouth itch unpleasantly.

Anyway, I guess that makes two votes for eggplant, unless my cousin is on lj and I didn't know it.
porpurina: sushibloodstones on January 5th, 2010 02:46 pm (UTC)
You do not appear to be my cousin, so I think it is two votes for eggplant. :)
Blinkerslinkr on January 5th, 2010 12:43 pm (UTC)
It hasn't happened to me, but that's how a friend of mine discovered he was allergic to chocolate.
cheveux sable with earworm rampantlcohen on January 7th, 2010 09:34 pm (UTC)
i didn't vote on the poll because there was no other person involved, but this is close to how i discovered that i am mildly allergic to cilantro and ginger (at different times). a small quantity, i can take but too much and it burns my mouth--but i don't experience that as "spicy" because it isn't something i experience as a taste--it's like burning my mouth with hot water, if that makes sense?