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Chili Grenades To Fight Terrorism

Chili Grenades To Fight Terrorism

The world’s hottest chili will be used by the Indian military to make hand grenades in the effort to fight terrorism, according to Indian defense officials. “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,” said Col. R. Kalia, a defense spokesman in the north-eastern state of Assam. “This is definitely going to be an effective non-toxic weapon because its pungent smell can choke terrorists and force them out of their hideouts,” said R. B. Srivastava, the director of the Life Sciences Department at the New Delhi headquarters of the DRDO.

Confirmed by Guinness World Records in 2007 as the world’s hottest chili, the bhut jolokia (aka ghost chili, fitting, perhaps) has more than 1,000,000 Scoville units–the measurement unit of a chili’s spiciness. Tabasco sauce ranges from 2,500 to 5,000 Scoville units; jalapeno peppers measure anywhere from 2,500 to 8,000.

For anyone who has ever inadvertently rubbed their eyes, or elsewhere, ahem, after handling a jalapeno–you know what an effective tactic this might produce. Can you imagine? It is surprising that it isn’t lethal. Seems like an exceedingly painful weapon, but any efforts to move away from producing toxic synthetic-based lachrymatory agents (like mace and tear gas) is somehow a step in the right direction. If only they could find a way to immobilize suspects with kinder options–vanilla bombs and chocolate rockets would work for me.

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Melissa Breyer

Melissa Breyer is a writer and editor with a background in sustainable living, specializing in food, science and design. She is the co-author of True Food (National Geographic) and has edited and written for regional and international books and periodicals, including The New York Times Magazine. Melissa lives in Brooklyn, NY.


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5:08PM PDT on Jul 18, 2013

Well Lloyd S...... it's look like you like spicy Asian foods. Interesting!

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8:07AM PST on Mar 4, 2013

Too bad all these "natural weapons" were probably tested on animals. The police use stuff like this, too.

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3:39PM PST on Feb 20, 2012

Red Hot chili Peppers !!!!

8:52AM PST on Feb 20, 2012

Thanks for the article!

6:48AM PST on Feb 19, 2012

thanks for article

1:58AM PST on Feb 19, 2012

Thanks for the information

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