Sunday, June 15, 2014

Not Too Very Smart

The Digg title (where I found this) o' this Tube O' You vid is "LARGE-SCALE MASOCHISM;1,000 People Each Eating A Ghost Chili Simultaneously."  Two things immediately come to mind about this.

First:  It's CHILE, gotdammit.  Stop writin' "chili" unless you're talking about that southwestern dish made out o' meat, chiles, and other stuff.

Second:  How hot is a Ghost chile*?
In 2007, Guinness World Records certified that the ghost pepper was the world's hottest chili pepper, 401.5 times hotter than Tabasco sauce; the ghost chilli is rated at more than 1 million Scoville heat units (SHUs). Classic Tabasco sauce ranges from 2,500 to 5,000 SHUs. However, as of 2012, it was superseded by the Trinidad moruga scorpion.
So: Popping one of these into your mouth and biting down hard ain't too very smart.  Then again, what do Danes know about chile, anyhoo?  To answer my own question: little or nuthin' (except for Klaus, bless his heart), but at least a thousand of 'em learned a lil sumthin'.

* Even the freakin' Wiki gets it wrong, in two different flavors: "chili" and "chilli."


  1. From the Oxford dictionary:

    chile - variant spelling of CHILLI
    chili - US spelling of CHILLI
    chilli - a small, hot-tasting pod etc etc.

    Mind you, Webster's might say different.

    1. No, Webster's is on the same page, so to speak. "Chile" is the original Spanish spelling, "chili" is the Anglicized version. We here in NM are officially a bi-lingual state (the ONLY one in the US) and we use the original spelling of the word. Like this.

  2. Great video. I just forwarded it to my Brother in law Joel who loves his peppers and has probably eaten a "ghost" at some point.

    1. I've not had a ghost pepper... unless it was part and parcel of my favorite chile sauce.


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