Indian military to weaponize world's hottest chili

Indian military to weaponize world's hottest chili

In this July 4, 2007 file photo, farmer Digonta Saikia shows a 'Bhut jolokia' or 'ghost chili' … .By WASBIR HUSSAIN, Associated Press Writer Wasbir Hussain, Associated Press Writer – Tue Mar 23, 7:19 am ET
GAUHATI, India – 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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and I'm going to make y'all some Chili con Carne. Now you know real chili does not have beans in it. That is Okie style. You can add your own beans and screw up good Chili...

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hey sam

send it over here, i love realy hot chili!!

I'm just another damn yankee with a loaded gun looking for some fun!
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"Chili con carne without meat."

Their error was pointed out to them.

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chili

ok, I got hungry reading and cooked some.
My lips hurt, my stomach is churning.
If you see a mushroom cloud toward the Texas/New Mexico border, its me cutting one.
Try white ground pepper next time.
I better run a cold bath.

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Hot Chili!!

Hot Chili!! I had a bottle of "Spontanious Combustion" sauce, 3 drops in a soup bowl was too much. There was a warning on the lable bout the heat. I don't remember the type of chili.
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