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  • - Today we determine the power of sour. - Let's talk about that.

  • ♪(theme music)♪

  • - Good Mythical Morning! (grunts) - We-- Are you okay?

  • - I'm just preparing my mouth. - Anticipating the-- (makes sound)

  • It's all gonna shrivel up today guys, in the mouth area.

  • - (crew and Link laugh) - Right. Right in there. Right in there.

  • - The face. - Okay.

  • Listen, we are very familiar with the Scoville scale of measuring the heat

  • - units of food. How hot a food can get. - Yes.

  • 'Cause we have eaten the hottest pepper in the world,

  • - Yes. - and regretted it,

  • but what we've discovered is that there is not a comparable scale for sourness.

  • Right. There is an acidity scale that

  • has a lot of food on it and that goes up to battery acid,

  • - which is not a food I don't think, - Don't eat that.

  • - (crew laughs) - but I don't think that acidity

  • is necessarily a measure of sourness. So we couldn't find an actual

  • sourness scale, so we're just gonna determine it

  • - with our own human mouths. - That's right. Now it's time to determine:

  • - ♪(dramatic music)♪ - (Link) (dramatic) The sourest food

  • - in the world! - (Rhett) According to us.

  • Okay, so we got a bunch of sour foods, and we are going to taste them and then

  • - each rank them on a scale of one to ten, - (normal voice) Mhm.

  • and then we combine our scores and that is our collective sour score for that item.

  • Alright, so let's get started with a familiar sour:

  • - ♪(harp)♪ - Lemons.

  • I'm familiar with those. I've seen those before.

  • - I've seen videos of babies eating these. - (Rhett) I put those in my water

  • - at restaurants. - Oh, you do?

  • - Yeah. - I don't order these in water because

  • - I want a water with lemon. - I think about the person touching it

  • with their fingerlings and then it being dipped on in.

  • Oh, I don't do that. I squeeze and then I set.

  • You don't want to put the actual lemon in there.

  • So, this score's kinda-- I don't wanna call it a baseline,

  • but, you know, it's a good point of comparison

  • - for the rest of the things we're - Things have got to get more sour than this,

  • - gonna be tasting. - right? Or is it sourer?

  • - Sourer. - Sourer.

  • - Alright, so let's-- - Just go. Really get a bite now.

  • - Really get a bite. - Yeah, the whole thing.

  • Woo. That makes you wanna pucker, man.

  • - (crew laughs) - Wow. How'd you do that?

  • I just did it like an orange. I did it 'cause you said,

  • "Yeah, man. Get it," and you went (makes bite sound)

  • - and then you let go. - Well, I got the clench back here.

  • - Ding! It just duh-dings on ya'. - You've seen this? Tartar?

  • I'm giving this-- You have a nosebleed too.

  • - Oh crap, Rhett. It's made his nose bleed! - This is so sour. It made my nose bleed?!

  • - What?! That's a record! - (crew laughs)

  • - That's a-- Oh. Okay. - Just look up or somethin'.

  • - My nose isn't bleeding, is it? - Wow. This is so--

  • - Is my nose? Oh my goodness. - This is like we're going in space.

  • - Just shove that up in there. - I'm gonna take a break.

  • Nope. Just shove it up in there. That's pretty dang sour.

  • If it's gonna give him a nose bleed, I'm-- Yeah,

  • I'm just gonna go right down the middle and give it a five.

  • I feel like I was gonna give it a five, but now that my nose is pouring out

  • - blood, I'm gonna give it a six. - Okay. Alright, so that's a cumulative

  • - score of eleven. - Okay, well, the bleeding has stopped.

  • - (laughs) For now. - Hopefully I'm gonna make--

  • This could be the end, man. This could be my last episode.

  • And my head could just-- (makes ripping sound)

  • - Just melt off. - Well, you know what?

  • - Let's make it the best episode ever. - Yes!

  • I have cleansed my palette with some cinnamon water

  • - As I have. - to combat the sourness,

  • - and I'm ready to go. - Okay, have you ever been eating a grape

  • and thought, "You know, I wish this thing was covered

  • in skin like an orange, but five times as impractical to eat,

  • and ten times as sour?" Well you're in luck because that's

  • - a kumquat. - ♪(harp music)♪

  • - Come, quat. - Alright, here they are!

  • - That's how you call a kumquat. - They came hither.

  • Alright, I know about these because I had a little tree in my backyard.

  • You did have a tree. I've never actually ate one though.

  • - I ate one and then I just let them die - I didn't know they were sour.

  • - on the vine. Well, - (laughs)

  • it wasn't a vine, it was a tree, but they did die.

  • - Grab one there. - It does look like a grape shaped orange.

  • - And you eat the whole thing. - Oh, you're trolling me.

  • - Don't. Nope. You do not peel it. - I don't wanna eat the whole thing.

  • - Just bite it whole? - I'll bite half of it just to show 'em

  • what it looks like if you're curious, and then I--

  • - I am a curious cat, Link. - (laughs)

  • - I'm always so curious. - Alright.

  • - Why don't you bite that in half for me? - Lets see if this tops lemons.

  • Dink it. Woo!

  • - (crew laughs) - It's, like, juicing out of my mouth.

  • (spits) You got a seed? I got a seed.

  • The aromatic nature of it is, like, coming out of my nose.

  • It feels like sour smoke coming out of my nose, and then it goes away,

  • and you're just chewing what seems to be, like, an orange rind.

  • It goes away faster than the sourness of a lemon, and I actually don't know if--

  • - But it's immediately stronger. - I don't know if the peak was higher.

  • I will say that it had an intensity at the beginning,

  • but then it trailed off a lot sooner than the lemon did.

  • - Yeah. - And it doesn't--

  • I just don't think that it tastes that great.

  • - It's an unnatural feeling. - It's unnatural.

  • - (crew laughs) - To eat this rind.

  • I'ma give it a four and I'm also gonna give away my kumquat tree away to anyone

  • - that wants it. It'll be on the curb. - I'm gonna go with what I was going to

  • give a lemon because I feel like it was very intense but then it died off,

  • but it did make my nose bleed. Five!

  • (Link) So, kumquats get a nine! Alright, up next,

  • if you've been to India or you're from India, then you know about this one:

  • - ♪(harp music)♪ - Bitter gourd juice.

  • Alright, I wonder if it's gonna be bitter. Well, bitter is not necessarily sour.

  • Bitter is kinda like grape fruit, but is it also sour?

  • It looks like a Ghostbusters branded, like, juice from 1987.

  • - Which is very cool. - Ecto-cooler!

  • - (Link) Ecto-juice. - Oh, yeah. Ecto-cooler.

  • - Ew. It doesn't smell like Ecto-cooler. - Oh.

  • Now, this is used in traditional medicine to treat all types of stuff,

  • - from gout to diabetes. - You know a lot about it.

  • It sounds like the kind of thing you would give to someone to, like,

  • end a marriage in India. Like, "He brought her the bitter gourd."

  • It'd be a euphemism. You wouldn't actually make anyone

  • - drink any of it. - "He brought out the bitter gourd,"

  • - last night? - Yeah.

  • I think it's kinda heartless in addition to getting divorced,

  • - (crew laughs) - you have to drink sour juice?

  • - That's kinda insulting. - It's when you say something

  • and then you regret it later. (exaggerated southern accent) "I had to

  • drink the bitter gourd juice on that one!"

  • - Alright, let's do that. - Welcome to India.

  • (exaggerated southern accent) I gotta apologize.

  • - (normal voice) Here we go. - (groans)

  • - Eugh! - (normal voice) I would've sworn

  • I got into something I shouldn't have got into.

  • - Ew! - (crew laughs)

  • You know? I think this is antifreeze.

  • - Y'all are trying to kill us! - (laughs) Yep.

  • We're drinking antifreeze on this show. What has this come to?

  • - Both nostrils are gonna start bleeding. - It's not aromatic in any way.

  • It bites my tongue and then it wont let go.

  • Is there a purpose for this that's medicinal?

  • - Yeah, man. Gout. - It tastes like you accidentally

  • picked up an old man's tobacco juice, like, at The Cupboard in Fuquay.

  • It's like, "Oh, I reached for the Coke, and I grabbed the tobacco spit."

  • Yeah. Yeah. Which he refrigerates for some good reason.

  • - (crew laughs) - "Well, it's turned green 'cause

  • - I left it in there all summer." - The best thing about this is the

  • - soothing color. - Yeah.

  • - Everything else is horrible. - The funny thing is is it's just

  • really bad. It's not-- Would sour be the way you describe it?

  • - Yeah it's-- I would-- - Bitter. Bitter.

  • I would-- Yeah. Only bitter.

  • I think the sour component is actually kinda low.

  • - Is there just a bad component? - (crew laughs)

  • - I give it a ten as far as being bad, - Ten on badness. In terms of sourness--

  • but I'm gonna give it a three of sourness.

  • - Yeah, I was thinking three too. - Oh! Same wavelength.

  • So, the cumulative score of bitter gourd juice:

  • (Rhett) Six! Now, I love to eat a hotdog with some

  • sauerkraut on it, but I usually don't take it and

  • squeeze it until sauerkraut juice comes out, but apparently it's pretty sour.

  • - ♪(harp music)♪ - Sauerkraut juice.

  • Boy, you really squeezed some hot dogs, Chase.

  • - (crew laughs) - Well, I think he just--

  • - I think he just bought saurkraut. - (laughs) Oh gosh.

  • Oh go-- It is-- It's heinous.

  • Oh my goodness. Well how do you even come up with this

  • - that we're gonna have to drink this? - It's like this part of my face starts to,

  • - like, go up. - Woah. You've got some serious

  • - cheekage, man. - Look at that. I can do that.

  • - (crew laughs) - I can create a flesh moustache

  • - on my own face. - It's like, you can start crying and

  • do that, and, like, it'll be like power washers.

  • Like coming down the rivers on your face, and, like, you can probably cut some

  • diamonds with those. You ever thought about that?

  • Cut diamonds with my flesh moustache? Alright. Here we go.

  • - Dink it. Drink it. - Here we go.

  • - It's not bad. - (crew laughs)

  • - (coughs) - I kinda like it.

  • - (crew laughs) - I'd like to sprinkle it on stuff!

  • - (laughs) Really? You're crazy! - (laughs)

  • - You're crazy! - Get a little tube of it.

  • - Get a little tube. - I'm one of those people that,

  • like, pull it out of my man purse at nice restaurants. I'm like,

  • - "I gotta put a little cheese on it." - Here's the thing.

  • - Is there a difference between tangy - (Rhett) A ting. (laughs)

  • - and sour? - (awkward voice) "Is there a difference

  • - between tangy and sour?" (laughs) - Tangy. (laughs) It's made you drunk.

  • - (crew laughs) - What's wrong with you?

  • - One sip and you're-- - I lost some blood earlier in this episode,

  • - man. - (crew and Link laugh)

  • - I lost a lot of blood. - It's not as sour as the lemon.

  • - It's got this tangy tang tangness to it. - It's bitter. It's bitter.

  • But it's still a bitterness not a sourness. Yeah. I'm giving this a three.

  • - So it comes in at-- - I give it a three as well.

  • (Link) So the sauerkraut juice comes in at a six!

  • Okay, generally, when something says the word 'toxic' on it,

  • you don't immediately put it in your mouth, but we don't play by your rules, man.

  • - So we're gonna eat some - ♪(harp music)♪

  • Toxic Waste candy. Here it is,

  • and these are black cherry flavored Toxic Waste which, our research tells us,

  • - (Rhett) Yes. - is the sourest of the Toxic Waste.

  • - It makes 'em edible, right? - And when I smell it it smells like

  • - cherries. Grab that. - This doesn't-- You know--

  • - Yeah, this is innocuous. - This doesn't

  • - (both) seem - like it can do that much.

  • - You know, - I don't think it can.

  • when I'm holding, like, a really hot pepper, I'm thinking,

  • - "This is gonna kill me. - Yeah. It's hurting.

  • I'm gonna be hurting for a long time,"

  • - but it's just a piece of candy. - It starts to emanate.

  • - It can't really do that much. - Yeah. Candy is for kids.

  • Right, I mean, what if-- Take it in a movie theater and you just

  • - watch and-- - Dink it and sink it

  • - Can't hurt you that bad, right? - Woah.

  • - (crew laughs) - So--

  • - (crew laughs) - (Rhett) Turnin' into Red Charles

  • - over here. - Oh. It's getting worse.

  • - Georgia! - (crew laughs)

  • - Georgia. - It's starting to subside a little bit.

  • Oh! My shoulders tense up. They go like that for some reason.

  • - My eyeballs are cryin'. - It gets your eyeballs. It gets my shoulders.

  • Everybody responds differently. Now it's just sweet.

  • Yeah. It was very-- Wow.

  • - That was very wow. - It was so wow-- (laughs)

  • It was like needles. Like, where it hit my tongue.

  • At first, I was like, "This is not that bad,"

  • - and then it just-- On my tongue. - (inaudible)

  • - It stabbed my tongue repeatedly. - You know, it was super sour.

  • It was the sourest thing that I've ever tasted,

  • - Nine. - but I don't feel like it tops out

  • - the list, so, I was going to say nine. - Okay.

  • So the Toxic Waste gets an eighteen!

  • Now, this next item is so strong, that you usually serve it with rice,

  • but we don't need to soften any blows around here.

  • - We're going to enjoy some pure, pickled - ♪(harp music)♪

  • - Umeboshi plums. - Straight from Japan!

  • - Umeboshi plumbs? Wow. Okay. - (Rhett) They look like prunes.

  • - They look harmless. - I'm not--

  • I'm no longer gonna say anything looks harmless after the Toxic Waste, man.

  • - Ew. They're mushy. - It kinda feels like you dip these

  • - in something. - Is that fermented?

  • It's very soft. I like the way it feels.

  • - It's prune-ish. - We gonna go full plum?

  • - Yeah. Umaboshi. - (crew laughs)

  • - (rough voice) Nooo! Noooo! - Aaah!

  • - It hurts! It hurts! Aah! - Are you sure this is safe? (groans)

  • (garbled voice) Down