World’s Hottest Chili (the Ghost Chili) is now being weaponized by the Indian Military

World’s Hottest Chili (the Ghost Chili) is now being weaponized

by the Indian Military


8TH OCT, 2012


More peaceful than your average explosive, there’s something kind of great about a country introducing a weapon that tries to choke you, but wait; can be soothed with ice cream♥!

The “bhut jolokia”, a.k.a ghost chili and technically the world’s 5th hottest chili as of February 2012 (still pretty hot) is now India’s prized weapon for fighting terrorism.

A chili grenade ‘has been found fit for use’ following tests conducted with the thumb-sized ‘bhut jolokia’. Hand grenades not dissimilar from tear gas, will now be used by the military to ‘immobilize suspects’.

The director of Life Sciences at the Defence Research and Development Organization in New Delhi has said,

“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.”

The bhut jolokia, an interspecies hybrid, grown and eaten in Northeast India, is used by some locals for cooking and ironically, as a remedy for stomach troubles and unbearable summer heat (by inducing perspiration).

Jalapeno peppers can measure anywhere from 2,500 to 8,000 Scolville units– the scientific measurement of a chili’s spiciness. The bhut jolokoa measures in at more than 1,000,000 Scoville units.

Still not convinced?

One user describes his experience with making some chili powder using the bhut jolokia.

Chopped them up, dried them up, and ground them up to a fine powder. I had been good about keeping safe, but after bottling it up I took off my mask as I was putting it away. Accidentally dropped the bottle, cloud of ghost-chili power. Basically stopped being able to breath instantly, went blind almost as fast as well. Roommate heard me collapse and called 911. Didn’t breath right for 2 weeks and felt like my blood was on fire for a couple of days. Had to call a hazmat cleaning company to decontaminate the kitchen.

Check out the reaction of a fairly experienced chili-loving man living in Hawaii, when he tries just a bite of one of the bhut jolokia he’s growing in his backyard:

It’s said about 10-15 minutes after ingesting a fresh bhut jolikia, the pain and heat begins to die down enough for you to actually breathe normally again. The general consensus is that milk won’t help– go straight for the ice cream.

Trials in India for a bhut jolokia-based aerosol sprays to be used like pepper spray by women against attackers and by the police force to disperse mobs are also in the works.

Should be effective.

For more chili facts visit The Chili Man.

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