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Imagine there were a bunch of facts about peppers you were completely ignorant of. Sounds crazy right? We're pepper-heads all the way. Well, that's what lifestyle blogger @callmeamye thought too, before someone informed her that different colored peppers are actually just the same species of pepper at different stages of ripeness.

But then, just when she thought she had a grasp on her new reality, a group of Twitter scientists came in and pulled the rug out from under her.


Here's Amy's original post, which caused a firestorm in the pepper-loving community.

The internet was peppered with shock (HAHAHAHAHA!)


Apparently, as Amy heard it, the ripening coloration happened exclusively on the vine...

Then, another massive bombshell got dropped.

Amy spoke for all of us:


Do you prefer to eat male or female peppers?


As is almost always the case when the internet began having too much fun, a team of scientists arrived on the scene to quell any irresponsible rumors.

Snopes confirms that the idea of male and female peppers is a load of hogwash.


And as for the colors...

What a roller coaster! Pepper-fans found out we were living a lie, only to find out that lie was a truth the whole time! In summary:


H/T - Twitter, Snopes

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