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Watch a symphony orchestra try to make music after eating the world's hottest chili peppers

When attending the symphony, most food-related annoyances are related to noisily-unwrapped lozenges. For the Danish National Chamber Orchestra, however, playing a symphony meant surviving one of the spiciest foods on Earth.

The orchestra — conducted by Danish musician and noted chili aficionado Chili Klaus — paused during a recent performance of the Tango Jalousie to pop a combination of chili peppers that included Carolina Reapers, Trinidad Moruga Scorpion Peppers, and Ghost Peppers. The scene that follows (starting at 1:35 in the video below), with virtuoso musicians struggling to make music while suffering from the debilitating effects of the world's hottest chilis, is an agonizing, hilarious manifestation of "the show must go on":

Remarkably, the Tango still sounds gorgeous as its players weep, cough and gag through their parts. The musicians themselves, however, look like they could use a well-deserved carton of milk.