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Chef eats world's hottest noodles, says he went deaf

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Whenever a long weekend rolls around, there comes with it the temptation for overindulgence.

Here, then, is a small cautionary tale concerning whether too much is really worth it.

Here is food blogger and chef Ben Sumadiwiria trying the death noodle challenge in Jakarta, Indonesia.

On his Awesome Eats YouTube channel, Sumadiwiria explained this involves attempting to eat Indomie Abang Adek -- noodles with 100 bird's-eye chilies mixed in.

Should you be an enthusiast of Tabasco, these noodles offer 4,000 times the burn. They're said to be the spiciest noodles in the world.

It's hardly surprising, then, that they didn't go down easily.

The first mouthful caused a slight convulsion. He and his dining companion suddenly emitted tinges of regret.

Sumadiwiria decided to attack the noodles with a second, very large mouthful.

This may not have been a splendid idea.

Beads of sweat were visible on his nose. He had to remove his shirt.

He became desperate for cold liquid.

"I can't hear anything, man," he began to say. "I'm fucking deaf. I'm deaf. I can't hear shit."

And just as he said he'd wished he'd stayed home and watched YouTube, he was sick.

More than 1 million people have already enjoyed his pain and perhaps realized that life has its limits.

I know that America is the land of the more, more, more. But some forms of excess simply aren't worth it.