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ensho Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Mar-24-10 11:11 AM
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Indian military to weaponize world's hottest chili

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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.

Srivastava, who led a defense research laboratory in Assam, said trials are also on to produce bhut jolokia-based aerosol sprays to be used by women against attackers and for the police to control and disperse mobs.
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wow!

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Kutjara Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Mar-24-10 11:15 AM
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1. Using a million Scoville chili to "cure" stomach troubles?
That sounds sort of like using a shotgun to cure a headache.
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Aaria Donating Member (238 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Mar-24-10 11:43 AM
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4. Been doing a bit of reading about using habanero peppers to fight cancer....
it seems that when the Caspian is in your system fighting the good fight it's heat is spent doing that rather then scorching your innards. Google Kelley Eidem and Habanero peppers for more info.
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Kutjara Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Mar-24-10 05:55 PM
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8. Thanks, I will.
Fascinating. I wonder how the chili "knows" what it needs to do? I'll definitely read up.
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anarch Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Mar-24-10 11:17 AM
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2. those grenades sound delicious
mmmm, chili grenade....
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Flipper999 Donating Member (185 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Mar-24-10 11:25 AM
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3. Ouch!
I tried a hot sauce that rated at over a million Scoville units. One drop in my mouth and my whole head burned painfully for ten minutes. I would definitely hate to have a gas version of that saturating my skin and lungs! :o


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MercutioATC Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Mar-24-10 11:44 AM
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5. It's just pepper spray...which militaries have been using for decades.
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aikoaiko Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Mar-24-10 11:44 AM
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6. Tactical curry.


mmmmmmmmmmmm
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Blue-Jay Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Mar-24-10 11:45 AM
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7. A ghost chili will fuck you up.
I ate one years ago and almost wanted to go to the hospital.

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