Dread news from the AP today, reporting from Gauhati in India, where the arms race has taken on a terrifying new twist.
Indian scientists have perfected a new type of gas grenade, which can paralyse an enemy with the much-feared âbhut jolokiaâ â the worldâs hottest chili.Â Though it is officially a non-toxic weapon, it has the power to force soldiers out of hiding by making them choke on the fumes.
British Security forces, fearing a sudden uprising of terrorists armed with chilli powder, are currently checking the countryâs 17,000 Indian restaurants, some of them posing as diners and eating up to five chilis a day.
Whereas a jalapeno pepper has about 8,0000 Scoville units â a measure of spiciness â the bhut jolokia possesses as much as a million.Â Two chilis of more than critical mass, when brought together, would be enough to make the Sun go nova.
Trials are in progress of an aerosol version, and Greater Manchester Police are believed to have already put in an order.
Meanwhile, French physicists are working on a neutralising agent, based upon the so far only rumoured super-garlic.
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- March 25, 2010 at 22:28