The Governor of Illinois, Pat Quinn, swallowed a spoon full of cinnamon on an early morning Chicago radio show. While doing a guest appearance on Chicago’s WGN Radio early morning show, the governor accepted the cinnamon challenge from the entertainment personality, Jonathon Brandmeier. Governor’s eye-popper reaction was quite surprising after he swallowed the spicy powdery stuff!
That would make the Illinois governor, Pat Quinn, the first ever known government official to do the cinnamon challenge, live on air. Governor’s statement after taking the challenge? “The will of the people, the law of the land.” Way to go governor! The governor has now earned the honorary title of the “Cinnamon Governor.”
Frankly, WGN Radio got pretty lucky nothing happened to their guest. What if the governor happens to show a severe allergic reaction due to the stunt? That would present a huge liability for the station. For now all seems to be good, and apparently the governor left the show in good spirit. Governor Quinn perhaps will try to avoid the Brandmeier morning show at all costs!
For those of us who don’t know what the challenge is all about, the latest craze on the YouTube is to swallow cinnamon by the spoon full and record the reaction on tape. As it appears lots of young people, including kids, are doing it to just post their reaction on YouTube. As you many know, Cinnamon is very powdery and spicy on its own. Swallowing a spoon full of the stuff can temporarily rick real havoc on your breathing and internal pipes! The eye-popping reaction can vary from chocking, gagging and intense coughing, to any other undesirable pain. Here is what happens to you as one commenter known as “One Two” on Yahoo Answers described the experience 4 years ago; “You get into an altered state of consciousness and may see George B giving the United States a balanced budget.”
The Illinois governor was in WGN Radio Showcase studio to discuss other matters when Jonathon Brandmeier (JB) hit him with the surprise request. Apparently governor Quinn handled the challenge without a need for an ambulance!
DISCLAIMER: Do not try this at home – seriously!
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