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Indian military to weaponize world's hottest chili (bhut jolokia)
Yahoo! News (AP) ^ | 03/23/2010 | Wasbir Hussain

Posted on 03/23/2010 8:16:12 AM PDT by Pyro7480

The Indian military has a new weapon against terrorism: the world's hottest chili.

After conducting tests, the military has decided to use the thumb-sized "bhut jolokia," or "ghost chili," to make tear gas-like hand grenades to immobilize suspects, defense officials said Tuesday.

The bhut jolokia was accepted by Guinness World Records in 2007 as the world's spiciest chili. It is grown and eaten in India's northeast for its taste, as a cure for stomach troubles and a way to fight the crippling summer heat.

It has more than 1,000,000 Scoville units, the scientific measurement of a chili's spiciness. Classic Tabasco sauce ranges from 2,500 to 5,000 Scoville units, while jalapeno peppers measure anywhere from 2,500 to 8,000.

"The chili grenade has been found fit for use after trials in Indian defense laboratories, a fact confirmed by scientists at the Defense Research and Development Organization," Col. R. Kalia, a defense spokesman in the northeastern state of Assam, told The Associated Press.

"This is definitely going to be an effective nontoxic weapon because its pungent smell can choke terrorists and force them out of their hide-outs," R. B. Srivastava, the director of the Life Sciences Department at the New Delhi headquarters of the DRDO said....

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KEYWORDS: chili; india; weapon
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1 posted on 03/23/2010 8:16:12 AM PDT by Pyro7480
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To: Pyro7480

Hot today, chile tomorrow....


2 posted on 03/23/2010 8:18:06 AM PDT by illiac (If we don't change directions soon, we'll get where we're going)
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To: Pyro7480

Great Britain already had a terrifying weapon - not quite the same - but terrifying nonetheless

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


3 posted on 03/23/2010 8:18:25 AM PDT by F15Eagle (1 John 5:4-5, 4:15, John 11:25, 14:6, 1 Tim 2:5, John 3:17-18, John 20:31, 1 John 5:13, John 6:69)
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To: Pyro7480

I’d still like to try those, or something made from them. They can’t be all that much worse than some of the peppers my Carribean co-workers have brought in - which were so hot they made my eyes water, my head sweat, my face turn an odd color, and my stomach hurt. And I like hot stuff.


4 posted on 03/23/2010 8:19:47 AM PDT by -YYZ- (Strong like bull, smart like ox.)
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To: Pyro7480

Weapons of @ss destruction. :)


5 posted on 03/23/2010 8:20:17 AM PDT by Pessimist (u)
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To: Squantos

Ping.


6 posted on 03/23/2010 8:22:47 AM PDT by verity (Obama Lies)
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To: Pyro7480
I produce chili grenades every time I eat chili, usually the next day.
7 posted on 03/23/2010 8:23:57 AM PDT by Manic_Episode (Some mornings, it's just not worth chewing through the leather straps...)
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To: Pyro7480

Wow, I’d rather have tear gas!

Although the pepper would probably provide both of those as well...


8 posted on 03/23/2010 8:25:10 AM PDT by GnuHere
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To: -YYZ-

Don’t be so sure. I’ve seen Youtube videos of people who swore they ate jalapenos like candy try one of those things. The results weren’t pretty.

Although...how do you beat crippling summer heat by eating a pepper that’s pretty much like sticking your face into a H-bomb explosion? Everything else feels nice and cool afterward?

}:-)4


9 posted on 03/23/2010 8:26:39 AM PDT by Moose4 (Wasting away again in Michaelnifongville.)
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To: Pyro7480

Wonder if they’ll be selling this weapon at Taco Bell?


10 posted on 03/23/2010 8:28:25 AM PDT by WKUHilltopper (Fix bayonets!)
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To: Pyro7480

Thanks for posting this.


11 posted on 03/23/2010 8:29:38 AM PDT by DarthVader (Liberalism is the politics of EVIL whose time of judgment has come. Judgment Day: Nov 2, 2010)
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To: Moose4
According to the capsaicin measure (Scovilles) of the two, these are up to 400 times hotter than a jalapeno. (2,500 vs >1,000,000)

Not pretty, indeed! :-/

12 posted on 03/23/2010 8:31:24 AM PDT by TChris ("Hello", the politician lied.)
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To: Pyro7480; Moose4
Have you seen the Man vs. Food episode where the host eats the "Four Horsemen" burger topped with, among other peppers, the Ghost Chili?

I have seen him eat a lot of crazy stuff on this show, but I swear it looked like this pepper was going to make him have a heart attack!

13 posted on 03/23/2010 8:34:03 AM PDT by Constitution Day
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To: Pyro7480; Diana in Wisconsin

Where can I get some seeds?!?!?!?!?!....................


14 posted on 03/23/2010 8:35:29 AM PDT by Red Badger (Education makes people easy to lead, difficult to drive; easy to govern, but impossible to enslave.)
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To: -YYZ-

They are three times as hot as a scotch bonnet and four times as hot as a habenero, so I guess it is relative. At what point does it matter? My first time ever eating a habenero I threw five of the bad boys in my dish, I can’t imagine anything hotter however they take a few minutes to rev up in heat everything I have seen on the ghost chili suggests the heat is nearly instantaneous.


15 posted on 03/23/2010 8:37:07 AM PDT by aft_lizard (Barack Obama is Hugo Chavez's poodle.)
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To: Pyro7480

This is a cure for stomach ailments? I’m thinking my stomach would disagree. Violently.


16 posted on 03/23/2010 8:37:26 AM PDT by henkster (A broken government does not merit full faith and credit.)
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To: Red Badger
I found Bhut Jolokia Seeds from an Internet search. I'm sure there are other places. I did read that the amount of rain the plants receive affects the spicyness- the wetter, the better.
17 posted on 03/23/2010 8:38:14 AM PDT by Pyro7480 ("If you know how not to pray, take Joseph as your master, and you will not go astray." - St. Teresa)
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To: Constitution Day

Did you see the episode where he ate ghost chili hot wings? It is the only time in that entire show where I saw him give up after one bite.


18 posted on 03/23/2010 8:38:34 AM PDT by aft_lizard (Barack Obama is Hugo Chavez's poodle.)
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To: Pyro7480

I gots water hose...........


19 posted on 03/23/2010 8:38:45 AM PDT by Red Badger (Education makes people easy to lead, difficult to drive; easy to govern, but impossible to enslave.)
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To: aft_lizard

No! I haven’t seen that...WOW.


20 posted on 03/23/2010 8:39:47 AM PDT by Constitution Day
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To: Constitution Day

Is that the one where the cook had to wear a gas mask while cooking it?


21 posted on 03/23/2010 8:39:47 AM PDT by almcbean
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To: almcbean

Yes, I believe he did.


22 posted on 03/23/2010 8:40:04 AM PDT by Constitution Day
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To: Pyro7480
My upper threshold is the Habanero/Scotch Bonnet range...

...as you can see the "dreaded" jalapeño is quite mild in the bigger scheme of things...

23 posted on 03/23/2010 8:40:06 AM PDT by Joe 6-pack (Que me amat, amet et canem meum)
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To: TChris
up to 400 times hotter

I think the Scoville scale is logarithmic, not linear, in the same way hearing is logarithmic.

24 posted on 03/23/2010 8:40:56 AM PDT by MosesKnows (Love many, Trust few, and always paddle your own canoe)
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To: Joe 6-pack

Yeah. Jalapenos don’t really do much for me anymore.


25 posted on 03/23/2010 8:41:07 AM PDT by Pyro7480 ("If you know how not to pray, take Joseph as your master, and you will not go astray." - St. Teresa)
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To: TChris
And about 3 times hotter than a habanera!

I'd still try it though. (But with chocolate and lots of milk handy!)

26 posted on 03/23/2010 8:41:24 AM PDT by Slump Tester (What if I'm pregnant Teddy? Errr-ahh -Calm down Mary Jo, we'll cross that bridge when we come to it)
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To: aft_lizard

Wait just rewatched part of that episode, he only ate two wings not one bite.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7gsTxx2SuVk&feature=related


27 posted on 03/23/2010 8:41:30 AM PDT by aft_lizard (Barack Obama is Hugo Chavez's poodle.)
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To: almcbean

Here is a link to the part of that episode:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7gsTxx2SuVk&feature=related


28 posted on 03/23/2010 8:42:15 AM PDT by aft_lizard (Barack Obama is Hugo Chavez's poodle.)
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To: MosesKnows
I think the Scoville scale is logarithmic, not linear, in the same way hearing is logarithmic.

It's a direct measurement of the amount of capsaicin in a given sample. They used to measure it by taste tests with a small amount diluted in water, but it's done by more scientific testing now.

I don't know if perceived heat correlates directly with capsaicin levels, but that's what they measure.

29 posted on 03/23/2010 8:43:01 AM PDT by TChris ("Hello", the politician lied.)
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To: Pyro7480
Awesome.
30 posted on 03/23/2010 8:43:42 AM PDT by RichInOC ("Ow! My ass!" "Dude! He's farting fire!")
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To: Slump Tester
I'd still try it though.

Are you sure?

Watch this guy first, k?

It's not a nice experience.

31 posted on 03/23/2010 8:44:26 AM PDT by TChris ("Hello", the politician lied.)
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To: Joe 6-pack

I was at a Vietnamese place yesterday and playing around with the red Thai pepper that came with someone else’s meal. I quite like them, myself. Anyway, I was squeezing the seeds out of it so I could eat some of the flesh, and inadvertently rubbed my nose afterwards. Intense burning sensation.

Jalapenos are pretty mild. I don’t mind admitting that I find the Jamaican, Scotch Bonnet and Habanero peppers extremely hot, but they’re good for making sauces when mixed with other stuff like carrots, mango, etc.


32 posted on 03/23/2010 8:50:53 AM PDT by -YYZ- (Strong like bull, smart like ox.)
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To: GnuHere

>”Wow, I’d rather have tear gas!”

Been there done that. Hard to believe that anything could make me feel worse than plain ‘ol CS, but then, some of those pepper sprays are the original “Whupp-Ass In A Can”. lol

You want chaos? Airdrop a crate of skunks into the middle of them.


33 posted on 03/23/2010 8:51:52 AM PDT by scoobysnak71 (I'm light skinned with no negro dialect. Could you milk me?)
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To: aft_lizard
I thought a Scotch Bonnet and Habenero were two names for the same chile at 300,000 su.
34 posted on 03/23/2010 8:54:51 AM PDT by ROLF of the HILL COUNTRY (It's the spending, Stupid!)
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To: tx_eggman

ping...

My bhut plant survived the winter yet again, and is producing leaves... still hasn’t bloomed, entering it’s third summer.


35 posted on 03/23/2010 8:59:42 AM PDT by SpinnerWebb (mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves)
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To: -YYZ-

Yep...I was using a toaster oven to dry out some habaneros in order to grind them up for seasoning, by toasting them at low heat for a few minutes a couple times a day. After 2-3 days you couldn’t go in my kitchen without your eyes starting to water. After 4-5 days it was even worse, but by that time they were pretty much ready to be ground up :-)


36 posted on 03/23/2010 8:59:53 AM PDT by Joe 6-pack (Que me amat, amet et canem meum)
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To: -YYZ-
...inadvertently rubbed my nose afterwards. Intense burning sensation.

That's the secret behind this stuff. Does wonders for migraines!

37 posted on 03/23/2010 9:01:22 AM PDT by Redcloak (What's your zombie plan?)
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To: Pyro7480
There is a not uncommon house plant which produces an even more effective 'hot' compound: Euphorbia-Spurge.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Euphorbia

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Resin_Spurge

Toxicity

The latex (milky sap) of spurges acts as a deterrent for herbivores as well as a wound healer. Usually it is white, but in rare cases (e.g. E. abdelkuri) yellow. As it is under pressure, it runs out from the slightest wound and congeals within a few minutes of contact with the air. Among the component parts are many di- or tri-terpen esters, which can vary in composition according to species, and in some cases the variant may be typical of that species. The terpen ester composition determines how caustic and irritating to the skin it is. In contact with mucous membranes (eyes, nose, mouth) the latex can produce extremely painful inflammation. In experiments with animals it was found that the terpen ester resiniferatoxin had an irritating effect 10,000 to 100,000 times stronger than capsaicin, the "hot" substance found in chillies. Several terpen esters are also known to be carcinogenic.

Therefore spurges should be handled with caution. Latex coming in contact with the skin should be washed off immediately and thoroughly. Partially or completely congealed latex is often no longer soluble in water, but can be removed with an emulsion (milk, hand-cream). A physician should be consulted regarding any inflammation of a mucous membrane, especially the eyes, as severe eye damage including possible permanent blindness may result from acute exposure to the sap.[6] It has been noticed, when cutting large succulent spurges in a greenhouse, that vapours from the latex spread and can cause severe irritation to the eyes and air passages several metres away. Precautions, including sufficient ventilation, are required. Small children and domestic pets should be kept from contact with spurges.


38 posted on 03/23/2010 9:03:30 AM PDT by bvw
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To: TChris

That’s the video I saw! The guy grows peppers and eats almost any of them, and that ghost chili laid him flat out.

}:-)4


39 posted on 03/23/2010 9:06:17 AM PDT by Moose4 (Wasting away again in Michaelnifongville.)
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To: Joe 6-pack

I don’t know where you live but here in the southwest we just hang our chili’s up to dry. They generally take up to a week or so.


40 posted on 03/23/2010 9:08:17 AM PDT by aft_lizard (Barack Obama is Hugo Chavez's poodle.)
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To: ROLF of the HILL COUNTRY
They're first cousins. Habaneros have been cultivated for centuries and have changed over time. Bhuts, habs and Bonnets are all members of the capsicum branch of the pepper family; their hot principle is not capsaicin, but oleoresin capsicum.

more info here

41 posted on 03/23/2010 9:08:30 AM PDT by SAJ (Zerobama? A phony and a prick, ergo a dildo.)
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To: aft_lizard

I’m in Louisiana...usually too humid here to do that; they’ll start to mold.


42 posted on 03/23/2010 9:12:15 AM PDT by Joe 6-pack (Que me amat, amet et canem meum)
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To: aft_lizard

There was a later episode where went back and actually finished off six of them.


43 posted on 03/23/2010 9:15:58 AM PDT by SeaHawkFan
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To: Pessimist

LOL!


44 posted on 03/23/2010 9:18:06 AM PDT by magslinger (Cry MALAISE! and let slip the dogs of incompetence.)
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To: aft_lizard

The list I just pulled up showed the habenero and scotch bonnets at 100K-350K scovile units and the bhut jolokia starting at 850K.


45 posted on 03/23/2010 9:19:11 AM PDT by dmz
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To: SeaHawkFan

I don’t recall that one. I remember he went back to a place in NYC where he had his first defeat and finished theirs.


46 posted on 03/23/2010 9:23:39 AM PDT by aft_lizard (Barack Obama is Hugo Chavez's poodle.)
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To: -YYZ-
I’d still like to try those, or something made from them. They can’t be all that much worse than some of the peppers my Carribean co-workers have brought in - which were so hot they made my eyes water, my head sweat, my face turn an odd color, and my stomach hurt. And I like hot stuff.

I have a similar reaction when I over-indulge in habanero peppers. My antidote is bread slathered with butter or margarine and a big glass of milk. Works everytime for me.

47 posted on 03/23/2010 9:30:30 AM PDT by OldPossum
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To: -YYZ-

I would like to compare them to “Dave’s Ultimate Insanity Sauce”


48 posted on 03/23/2010 9:37:23 AM PDT by redangus
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To: -YYZ-

These things are 2 to 4 times as hot as Carribean habenero types.


49 posted on 03/23/2010 9:53:12 AM PDT by Free Vulcan (No prisoners, no mercy. 2010 is here...)
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To: Free Vulcan

“These things are 2 to 4 times as hot as Carribean habenero types.”

OK, but on a perceived heat scale, how hot is 2 to 4 times as hot as “oh my god, I’m going to die?”


50 posted on 03/23/2010 10:36:03 AM PDT by -YYZ- (Strong like bull, smart like ox.)
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