March 23, 2010
India Declare War On Terrorism, With World’s Hottest Chili
The Indian military has found a new way to fight terrorism by turning one of their spiciest treats into an effective weapon.
After testing the world's hottest chili -- the "bhut jolokia" or "ghost chili," -- the military has decided it would be a good candidate for tear gas-like hand grenades that could immobilize suspects, according to officials on Tuesday.
The ghost chili was recorded as the world's spiciest chili and was entered into Guinness World Records in 2007. It is grown and eaten in northeast India. It is also commonly used to cure stomach ails and as a way to fight the offensive summer heat.
Chili peppers are measured using a scientific measurement of spiciness, known as Scoville units. By comparison, jalapeno peppers measure between 2,500 and 8,000 Scoville units, while the bhut jolokia has more than 1,000,000 Scoville units.
"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.
Bhut jolokia may also find its way into aerosol sprays that women can use against attackers and for police to control and disperse mobs, Srivastava added.