Guns, hot sauce and testosterone a spicy mix

In 2006, researchers at Knox College in Illinois performed a study on college men ages 18 to 22. Here’s how the study abstract reads:

“We tested whether interacting with a gun increased testosterone levels and later aggressive behavior. Thirty male college students provided a saliva sample (for testosterone assay), interacted with either a gun or a children’s toy for 15 min, and then provided another saliva sample. Next, subjects added as much hot sauce as they wanted to a cup of water they believed another subject would have to drink. Males who interacted with the gun showed significantly greater increases in testosterone and added more hot sauce to the water than did those who interacted with the children’s toy.”

The men were told that they were being studied to determine whether paying close attention to a task altered their later sensitivity to taste. They were tested for initial testosterone levels, and half were then asked to dismantle and reassemble the old “Mousetrap” game, writing a set of instructions on how to do so.

Desert Eagle handgun

Desert Eagle handgun

The other half were asked to do the same with a pellet pistol, an exact replica in size and weight of a Desert Eagle handgun. Finally, after being tested again for testosterone, they were given a glass of water and bottle of hot sauce and asked to prepare a “sample” for the next study subject.

According to a description of the study at WebMD:

This hot-sauce trick has been used before. The more aggressive a man is feeling, the more hot sauce he tends to put in the next guy’s drink.

Sure enough, testosterone went up about 100 times more in the men who handled the gun than in the men who handled the children’s toy. And the gun handlers put three times more hot sauce in the water — on average, about a half ounce — than the toy handlers.

The more a man’s testosterone went up after gun handling, the more hot sauce he put in the water.

And since a story like this just wouldn’t be the same without a chart:

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Make of it what you will. I report; you decide. But as we’ve seen, the good people at Bushmaster have already made their decision:

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– Jay Bookman

516 comments Add your comment

Keep Up the Good Fight!

January 17th, 2013
4:58 pm

Is that hot sauce from NYC?

indigo

January 17th, 2013
4:59 pm

And yes, when I attempt to link guns and manhood(or lack of it) here, the gun nuts squeal like stuck pigs.

Gun nuts, don’t bother trying to deny that guns make you feel more like a man.

We know better.

barking frog

January 17th, 2013
4:59 pm

The gun strokers are getting a thrill.

JohnnyReb

January 17th, 2013
5:01 pm

JohnnyReb

January 17th, 2013
5:04 pm

Why carry a gun?

Because a whole cop would be too heavy.

Cheesy Grits is gone but not forgotten

January 17th, 2013
5:07 pm

Gun nuts, don’t bother trying to deny that guns make you feel more like a man.

We know better.

I think they use them to compensate for something as well.

Family Guy did a great take off on that

JohnnyReb

January 17th, 2013
5:08 pm

Spock to Kirk – Logic dictates captain that if Pro-Gunners were as violent as Anti-Gunners say they are, there wouldn’t be any anti-gunners remaining!

Granny Godzilla

January 17th, 2013
5:09 pm

Boys will be Boys.

But they can be fixed…..

barking frog

January 17th, 2013
5:13 pm

The moral of the story is don’t let a guy with a gun put hot sauce
on your food unless you like it hot, but how do you say no when
he has a gun.

Keep Up the Good Fight!

January 17th, 2013
5:15 pm

Hmmm….. I suspect our chest thumpers would remove all water and only have hot sauce but then they are a brave brave bunch. :roll:

JohnnyReb

January 17th, 2013
5:16 pm

Gun Control?

Oh yes, the theory that becoming a victim is somehow morally superior to defending yourself.

Redneck Convert (R--and proud of it)

January 17th, 2013
5:17 pm

Well, I don’t see the point here but I’m home now and ready to stroke my guns. After awhile I get a vision of some crook laying in his own blood and guts. I don’t know what I’d do without my guns. I’m sure those babies miss me when I’m at work. Anyhow I don’t like hot sauce so there’ll be none of that stuff. That’s for preverts.

Have a good night everybody.

saywhat?

January 17th, 2013
5:17 pm

Interesting information, Jay. It certainly could explain the almost primal reaction some folks have to the thought of fewer guns to fondle. I wonder if the testosterone levels would have been even higher had the subjects been asked to suck on the guns instead of just handle them. Things that make you go hmmmmm.

JohnnyReb

January 17th, 2013
5:19 pm

One More -

Lord, make me fast and accurate.
Let my aim be true and hand faster than those who would seek to destroy me.
Grant me victory over my foes and those that wish to do harm to me and mine.
Let not my last thought be – if I only had my gun.
And Lord, if today is truly the day that you call me home,
Let me die in pile of empty brass.

Fred ™

January 17th, 2013
5:20 pm

Dear Abby died. How sad. Her daughter has been doing her column for years, but it still sucks. In tribute (and just for you Brocephus, I think the singer/songwriter is a hick fine feller from Alabama like you I play this song. I think it accurately sums up her advice:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b2ccC4aULow

Doggone/GA

January 17th, 2013
5:20 pm

I’d like to know if they tried that test with women

Mr. Snarky

January 17th, 2013
5:22 pm

My theory isn’t that gun lovers want to kill people or it makes them feel more manly…just that knowing that you have the power to kill someone with the pull of a trigger makes people feel powerful…even if its the only power they have. That’s why some are so passionate about them. Someone may be completely emasculated by society but if they have a gun, they have power.

josef

January 17th, 2013
5:22 pm

They’ll get my Tabasco when they pry it from my cold, dead, hands!

Fred ™

January 17th, 2013
5:23 pm

Wow. A thread on guns? How unusual…….. I wonder if anything new will be said……….

That poor dead horse. He been beat so damn much that there ain’t even a blood spot on the ground let to swing at……………

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MjoMQJf5vKI

JohnnyReb

January 17th, 2013
5:23 pm

Good Fight – unlike some here who apparently have nothing to do all day every day but blog, I work. I work for myself, you know, self employed. I blog only as long as my conscious allows. Besides, there is no winning a debate with you Moonbats. Instead, I just try to blow off steam and have fun pushing buttons.

barking frog

January 17th, 2013
5:23 pm

They tamed the west with a US Marshal and the smell of ………………..gunsmoke.

josef

January 17th, 2013
5:24 pm

BIG DADDY

Good column…’bout time you lightened up a bit… :-)

Kamchak ~ Thug from the Steppes

January 17th, 2013
5:25 pm

Hot sauce?

Real men eat the Trinidad Moruga Scorpion pepper.

JohnnyReb

January 17th, 2013
5:25 pm

It is true, obviously, that Moonbats have no sense of humor. At least most here.

Jm

January 17th, 2013
5:25 pm

More NRA-TV

Oh boy

barking frog

January 17th, 2013
5:26 pm

With two guns can Viagra be avoided?

Jay

January 17th, 2013
5:27 pm

Let’s abstain from belittling personal attacks, please.

saywhat?

January 17th, 2013
5:27 pm

JohnnyReb

January 17th, 2013
5:19 pm
One More -

Lord, make me fast and accurate.
Let my aim be true and hand faster than those who would seek to destroy me.
Grant me victory over my foes and those that wish to do harm to me and mine.
Let not my last thought be – if I only had my gun.
And Lord, if today is truly the day that you call me home,
Let me die in pile of empty brass.
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I wonder if those were the last thoughts to run through Lanza’s mind.

Doggone/GA

January 17th, 2013
5:27 pm

“It is true, obviously, that Moonbats have no sense of humor. At least most here”

Alternative theory: you aren’t as funn as your mirror says you are

resno2

January 17th, 2013
5:28 pm

Does owning a gun automatically make you a gun nut?
What about woman gun owners? Do they need to be fixed too?
Can a gal with a gun serve you hot sauce? What if she doesn’t feel more like a man when she’s handling her gun?

Jay

January 17th, 2013
5:28 pm

Kam, a friend just got back from Trinidad and brought me several different bottles of hot sauce. It’s great, but there’s this one bottle … yowsa!

Jm

January 17th, 2013
5:28 pm

I hate habanero

Jay

January 17th, 2013
5:29 pm

I promise to vary the menu tomorrow. :>)

JohnnyReb

January 17th, 2013
5:29 pm

Know why you should always eat ice cream after having a lot of hot sauce?

So at the next pit stop you can groan – come on ice cream!

Robert Lee - Cogito ergo zoom

January 17th, 2013
5:30 pm

Ain’t humans wonderful. Petty, malicious, spiteful, and proud of it usually too, and that’s jsut the Baptists!

Orange13

January 17th, 2013
5:30 pm

josef

January 17th, 2013
5:31 pm

FRED

Sois sage, Mec…we don’t need you put on probation…the Hubbard Daily News wouldn’t be the same… :-)

Soothsayer

January 17th, 2013
5:31 pm

This warm weather we’ve been having just ain’t natural — not in January! Thank goodness for some more cold! Ol’ Sooth’s got the woodstove fired and it looks to be a cozy night.

You can all stroke your guns if it gets you through the night. Me, I like to think about Law-ruh smoking a cigarette to get my testosterone up! Whoo-e-e-e-e-e! It get’s me hot just thinking about it! :lol: I never knew what she saw in that dumbass to begin with.

I hope the nutjobs discover this new thread. I need the entertainment. I’ll check back later. That is if the country don’t get overthrowed before then.

Fred ™

January 17th, 2013
5:32 pm

JohnnyReb

January 17th, 2013
5:16 pm

Gun Control?

Oh yes, the theory that becoming a victim is somehow morally superior to defending yourself.
++++++++++++++++++++++++

Do you REALLY think that if I’m holding a gun on you that you will “beat me to the draw?”

As I said earlier in one of the other 50 threads on this this week…….. if you have a gun on you and it’s not in your hand pointed at the person when confronted you will either be dead or have a stolen gun.

I know that talk sounds all tough Johnny Reb, but have you actually ever been shot at or had a gun pulled on you?

Kamchak ~ Thug from the Steppes

January 17th, 2013
5:32 pm

It’s great, but there’s this one bottle … yowsa!

Heh, heh, heh.

The Scotch Bonnet is as hot as I’ll go, and I only use it for my jerk marinade.

josef

January 17th, 2013
5:33 pm

SOGGONE

“you aren’t as funn as your mirror says you are”

I’m sooooo stealing that one!

Common Sense isn't very Common

January 17th, 2013
5:34 pm

JR

I blog only as long as my conscious allows
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LOL, the irony :-)

Kamchak ~ Thug from the Steppes

January 17th, 2013
5:34 pm

Know why you should always eat ice cream after having a lot of hot sauce?

Any dairy product will do.

Doggone/GA

January 17th, 2013
5:35 pm

“SOGGONE”

“funn”

Looks like we’re both having the same problem!

Jay

January 17th, 2013
5:35 pm

When I was a kid I was walking through the kitchen and I saw my mother with a strange looking bottle.

“What’s that?” I asked.

“That’s horseradish.”

“What’s horseradish?”

“You want to taste it?”

“Sure!”

And she pulled out a spoonful, and I took it all, and went howling out of there, with my mom laughing hilariously.

Pretty funny, mom. Really. I’ll forgive you … someday.

:>)

JohnnyReb

January 17th, 2013
5:36 pm

No Fred, if you are holding a gun on me, even if I was armed, I would be too distracted with the involuntary expulsion of bodily fluids to try the dumb stunt of shooting you. There might even be some begging.

As I stated a few posts back, you guys have no sense of humor.

Bob Loblaw

January 17th, 2013
5:37 pm

Alcohol is marketed to men the same way. Be the most interesting man in the world! Crack this brand of beer. Same with guns. Get the customer pumped up about buying the product ’cause they’re gonna feel like a man! Nothing new, here. Maybe we should put a sign on the gun package that says if you shoot someone you might hurt or kill them. Problem solved!

Fred ™

January 17th, 2013
5:38 pm

josef: It’s all good. i’m being nice……. I think……

Oh, BTW the Tabasco comment was great lol. It reminded me of one of my favorite scenes from Red Dawn, where the Russian soldier leans down and takes a .45 from the cold dead hands of a guy laying next to a bumper sticker that says that.

Peace

January 17th, 2013
5:38 pm

Jay, when you do a blog on “a woman’s right to choose” you should post an illustration or photo of an aborted fetus. Just for the imagery impact.

josef

January 17th, 2013
5:39 pm

DOGGONE

:-)

IMAM
Nothing like the right horseradish for clearing up the sinuses…

Kamchak ~ Thug from the Steppes

January 17th, 2013
5:39 pm

As I stated a few posts back, you guys have no sense of humor.

Of course we do.

We’re not laughing with you, we’re laughing at you.

Doggone/GA

January 17th, 2013
5:40 pm

“Jay, when you do a blog on “a woman’s right to choose”

blogspot is ready when you are

JohnnyReb

January 17th, 2013
5:40 pm

JHC, Peace. Here I am telling these guys to get a sense of humor and you throw a terd in the punch bowl.

barking frog

January 17th, 2013
5:43 pm

Wasabi is good horseradish sauce.

JohnnyReb

January 17th, 2013
5:43 pm

Kamie – laughing at me is not a sense of humor. You sarcastic nail driver.

pogo

January 17th, 2013
5:43 pm

So what Jay seems to be implying is that the black on black shootings (which constitute the majority of gun related violence in this country) is because the black males stroke their guns. Sorry to tell you this Jay but there is something way more fundamental at work here than that. “Stroking” a gun doesn’t make a killer. And Obama basically stated that watching Django or any other of the violent films that we are bombarded with doesn’t contribute either. At least that is what he pretty much said in his speech yesterday since he only mentioned Hollywood’s influence as something to be “studied” by the CDC, of all agencies. Yea, that is going to help. Like the CDC is going to make a big contribution to this argument with everything else they have on their plate.

And Indigo, when the term “gun nuts” comes to your liberal mind you think of nothing but a bunch of white males wearing NRA baseball caps who are chewing tobacco, don’t you? I hate to tell you, the real “gun nuts” who are doing the the real killing are not these stereotypical people you libs like to think about. Oh no. They are the inter-city minorities that are doing the real damage and most of the time the violence is inflicted upon people of their own race. And, they use mostly illegal firearms that were never purchased in compliance with our already strict gun laws. Liberal policies have contributed greatly to the violent culture we now find ourselves in. The judicial system is a joke. Rehabilitation is laughed at by career felons but they are more than willing to use it to get the freedom to reek more havoc. The prison system is overloaded and law enforcement itself is falling apart because why arrest people when they will be back on the streets in a short amount of time?

TM

January 17th, 2013
5:43 pm

Has anyone tested Dianne Feinstein’s levels when she is packing her concealed hot sauce??

Fred ™

January 17th, 2013
5:45 pm

I only use it for my jerk marinade.

There are SO many ways I could go with this one……… I think it best I just leave it alone……..

JohnnyReb

January 17th, 2013
5:46 pm

I’m off to do the dishes before the boss gets home. Gun cleaning will have to wait another day.

Jay

January 17th, 2013
5:46 pm

No, Pogo.

Any thought, mention, suggestion or notion of race is entirely yours. Do not attempt to attribute your fixation or obsession to me.

Peace

January 17th, 2013
5:46 pm

JohnnyR

That Bushmaster illustration and the handgun just lend a lot of visual impact to Jay’s opinions. Just thought he could use the same approach with other controversial subjects.

Kamchak ~ Thug from the Steppes

January 17th, 2013
5:47 pm

You sarcastic nail driver.

I have driven common, bright, ring shanked, galvanized, cut nails, masonry nails and just about any other variety of nail, but I have never driven a sarcastic nail.

josef

January 17th, 2013
5:47 pm

FROG

Unmentionable made a Reuben the other night slathered with wasabi (we were out of horseradish) and it wasn’t half bad…

Jm

January 17th, 2013
5:48 pm

I hate horseradish

Jalapeño – yum

Common Sense isn't very Common

January 17th, 2013
5:48 pm

Fred

At least he didn’t say his chicken jerk marinade :-)

josef

January 17th, 2013
5:49 pm

PEACE

Well, it did get a rise out of you…. :-)

Doggone/GA

January 17th, 2013
5:50 pm

“Just thought he could use the same approach with other controversial subjects”

Or, in other words, you’re not brave enough to do what you think Jay should do.

Kamchak ~ Thug from the Steppes

January 17th, 2013
5:50 pm

At least he didn’t say his chicken jerk marinade

Speaking of nail drivers…..

Corbin Sharpe. I think, therefore I am...I think

January 17th, 2013
5:51 pm

I still shudder when I hear “gun”. My instructor’s always made us repeat this when we said gun for our piece (rifle). “This is my rifle,(pointing to the piece), this is my gun ( pointing to crotch), this is for killing (again, the rifle), this is for fun (again, the crotch)…so
When I see “gun strokers” here, I clean off my monitor… :)

getalife

January 17th, 2013
5:51 pm

They are not coming for your guns but our society has turned into a cheating society.

We look like crazy gun nuts that think they are above the rules and laws.

Cheaters and welchers.

We need to change that perception of America.

fedup

January 17th, 2013
5:53 pm

“I’d like to know if they tried that test with women”. The women in the gun range behave more like men.

josef

January 17th, 2013
5:55 pm

CORBIN

They’ll take your gun when they pry it from your cold, dead, hands? :-)

Joel

January 17th, 2013
5:55 pm

AHA! Guns are my treatment for low testosterone, you can’t take them away! I have a medical reason!

Redneck Convert (R--and proud of it)

January 17th, 2013
5:55 pm

. . .the National Enquirer is reporting that Tiger Woods wants to remarry his ex-wife, Elin, and that he is offering a huge financial sum to get her back. They say Tiger even proposed to her over Christmas.

Elin is said to be considering the proposal from Tiger, but she reportedly wants a $350 million anti-cheating clause added to the contract. The proposed deal reportedly is worth over half of Tiger’s estimated $600 million fortune.

Y’know, if we all chipped in a few bucks we could hire a stripper to dance buck-nekkid in front of Tiger and watch him sweat.

Doggone/GA

January 17th, 2013
5:55 pm

“The women in the gun range behave more like men.”

Got proof?

0311/8541/5811/1811/1801

January 17th, 2013
5:56 pm

Jay:

You should be ashamed since you come from a military family.

Why the heck do you think young men (Marines, soldiers in particular) between 18 and 22 are the ones called on to protect you by standing on that wall ?? You’re not going to do it !

But ………….. on the other hand as long as Jay is writing about guns he’s not writing about Georgia transportation !

Peadawg

January 17th, 2013
5:56 pm

What’s the point of this article? Or did I miss the joke or something…

mae brown

January 17th, 2013
5:57 pm

really thorny problem….I’ve thought and thought and I realize the only two solutions are 1.eliminate guns ,or,
2.eliminate men……

Granny Godzilla

January 17th, 2013
5:57 pm

JohnnyReb

Gun Control?

Oh yes, the theory that becoming a victim is somehow morally superior to defending yourself.

.
.
.
Yea, like nobody else in the last 2013 years ever gave up their life for others.

barking frog

January 17th, 2013
5:59 pm

Peadawg
the point is that playing with your gun will raise your testosterone level…

Kamchak ~ Thug from the Steppes

January 17th, 2013
5:59 pm

Y’know, if we all chipped in a few bucks we could hire a stripper to dance buck-nekkid in front of Tiger and watch him sweat.

HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!

I wonder if we could come up with enough $ to hire Elin’s twin sister Josefin.

Fred ™

January 17th, 2013
5:59 pm

JohnnyReb

January 17th, 2013
5:36 pm

No Fred, if you are holding a gun on me, even if I was armed, I would be too distracted with the involuntary expulsion of bodily fluids to try the dumb stunt of shooting you. There might even be some begging.

As I stated a few posts back, you guys have no sense of humor.
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Unfortunately JR, some of the “real” stuff you post is more far out than your *joke.*

At times you seem real and lucid, and at others total looney bin. It’s hard to get a handle on it. I mean that seriously, not in a snarky way.

josef

January 17th, 2013
6:00 pm

PEADAWG

You missed a joke…

Soothsayer

January 17th, 2013
6:00 pm

Don’t do it, Tiger! Don’t do it! She ain’t worth it!

Peadawg

January 17th, 2013
6:02 pm

“the point is that playing with your gun will raise your testosterone level…”

And………….?

Soothsayer

January 17th, 2013
6:03 pm

Fred ™

January 17th, 2013
6:03 pm

josef

January 17th, 2013
5:47 pm

FROG

Unmentionable made a Reuben the other night slathered with wasabi (we were out of horseradish) and it wasn’t half bad…
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Don’t tell anyone, but “wasabi” is just horseradish with green food coloring. There is so little REAL wasabi that very little of it makes it’s way out of Japan, the rest is just fake, horseradish.

(from wiki): Wasabi is difficult to cultivate (see below), and that makes it quite expensive. Due to its high cost, a common substitute is a mixture of horseradish, mustard, starch and green food coloring. Outside of Japan, it is rare to find real wasabi plants. Often packages are labeled as wasabi, but the ingredients do not actually include wasabi plant. Although the taste is similar between wasabi and horseradish, they are easily distinguished. In Japan, horseradish is referred to as seiyō wasabi (西洋わさび?, “western wasabi”).[7] In the United States, true wasabi is generally found only at specialty grocers and high-end restaurants.

godless heathen

January 17th, 2013
6:03 pm

Good column…’bout time you lightened up a bit…

Jay’s on a quest. Maybe throwing fresh meat to the gun grabbers raises his testosterone level.

Common Sense isn't very Common

January 17th, 2013
6:03 pm

Corbin

As long as your wife has a gun fetish it’s all good :-)

Kamchak ~ Thug from the Steppes

January 17th, 2013
6:05 pm

Hey Sooth

Got any snow yet?

godless heathen

January 17th, 2013
6:05 pm

Gun joke (sortta):

I’ve never masturbated but one time I was cleaning it and it went off.

getalife

January 17th, 2013
6:07 pm

I get a rush after unloading a clip.

Just Saying..

January 17th, 2013
6:07 pm

“But they can be fixed…..”

:-) )

Soothsayer

January 17th, 2013
6:07 pm

Kam: haven’t checked lately. Let me look. Nope, still raining.

Granny Godzilla

January 17th, 2013
6:09 pm

You guys are all something else.

Fred ™

January 17th, 2013
6:09 pm

0311/8541/5811/1811/1801

January 17th, 2013
5:56 pm

Jay:

You should be ashamed since you come from a military family.

Why the heck do you think young men (Marines, soldiers in particular) between 18 and 22 are the ones called on to protect you by standing on that wall ??
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Because they like hot sauce?

josef

January 17th, 2013
6:09 pm

FRED

Yep. This was given me as a Christmas present at work by one of our Japanese parents…and you CAN tell the difference…

HEATHEN

Well, if you put it that way,,,

fedup

January 17th, 2013
6:10 pm

No I don’t. You have to be at the range I go to.

josef

January 17th, 2013
6:11 pm

getalife
@ 6:07

Good one!

godless heathen

January 17th, 2013
6:13 pm

Soothsayer

January 17th, 2013
6:03 pm

Do you really think THIS is worth $350 million?

No, but for $350 mil I’ll marry him and he can cheat all he wants.