Indian Army Weaponizes Chili

As a result, Americans are preparing the hot wings.

Seriously, though, the Indian military has decided to use the world’s hottest chili as a non-lethal weapon.  The thumb-sized and eerily-named “ghost chili” was accepted by the Guinness Book of World Records in 2007 as the world’s hottest.  It is grown in India for its taste and, ironically enough, to cure stomach troubles and help battle the intense Indian summer heat. 

The pepper gained its reputation by achieving an astronomical rating on the scoville scale, a devised measurement system to rate how spicy something is.  The ghost pepper rates a one million on the scale.  As a comparison, classic Tobasco sauce measures between two and five thousand and jalapeno peppers don’t reach over eight thousand.

The pepper will be used in gas-type grenades to coax people out of areas of cover and to control riots.  In its testing phases, it was shown to almost completely immobilize suspects.  While this may seem like an extreme measure, it can also be viewed as a more environmentally friendly and humane alternative to tear gas, while still acting quick enough and with proper intensity to be a useful tool for the military to use.

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