I did, however, find this funny response to a question on Google Answers:
So, it looks more like it's a pain tolerance thing than a taste bud deficiency.
Will Spicy Food Kill My Taste Buds?
Rob: Will eating spicy, hot food now burnout my taste buds when I'm older?
Dr. Dean: No, because it is the pain fibers on the tongue, not the taste buds, that respond to spicy food. Why we like pain on our tongues is anyone's guess.
Why do I like pain on my tongue? I love spicy food - LOVE it. I get hot wings and put hot sauce on them. I like my tongue to get numb. I don't know why. I'm a tongue masochist, I guess.
Wait. What was my point?
Not hot jalapenos, right.
Because I like spicy food, I often order spicy toppings or ingredients to bland foods. Burgers or sandwiches, I'll add hot peppers or jalapenos. Plain meat, like a pork chop or chicken breast gets a healthy dose of that
Now, my problem is, I'm often disappointed when I order jalapenos. They're often not hot. They're more like soggy pickles or small, evil, dark cucumber slices. If a restaurant had bad tomatoes or bad cucumbers, they'd pitch them. But, they'll let not hot jalapenos sit around not hotting anything. I mean, they still look green and they have the potential to be hot, but they're not. They're not hot at all. Not hot. They're false jalapenos. Falsapenos.
Tags: jalapenos, spicy food