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The chili pepper so powerful it will fight terrorism

Posted in *dead*, food, news stories by Jef on March 23, 2010

The Indian military has been conducting tests on bhut jolokia aka “ghost chili” — a naturally occurring hybrid pepper so freaking potent it clocks in at over 100 times the strength of the strongest jalapeno pepper and holds the Guiness World Record — thinking it could make a good weapon to use against terrorists. The result? A chili GRENADE.

From the Star via 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.

That’s hot. Assuming the terrorists don’t learn to coat themselves in candle wax, I’d say they’re on to something.