Tuesday, December 7, 2010

The Naga Viper claims title of world's hottest pepper

Posted By on Tue, Dec 7, 2010 at 8:15 AM

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If you can't stand the heat, you're probably a rational human being. The Naga Viper is now apparently the world's hottest pepper -- in the words of its creator, Gerald Fowler, "it's hot enough to strip paint."

According to Yahoo, researchers at Warwick University have found that the Naga Viper measures 1,359,000 on the Scoville scale, which rates the heat of a given pepper. The Naga Viper is a cross between the Bhut Jolokia, the first pepper to cross the million mark on the Scoville scale, the Naga Morich and the Trinidad Scorpion.

The Naga Viper is just the latest pepper to break the record for world's hottest. Back in September, Fat City reported on the Infinity Chilli pepper, which clocked in at 1,176,182 on the Scoville scale. Remember, jalapenos are 2,500 to 5,000 on the same scale.

Like Woody Woods, the grower of the Infinity Chilli, Fowler is a British chilli farmer. He serves the Naga Viper in a curry at the pub he owns, the Engine Inn, but only after customers have signed a waiver explaining they are of sound mind and body (via The Daily Mail). His chilli growing is a hobby business for him and many of the men in the Clifton Chilli Club

And since we're men and we like to record stupid acts on camera, you can also witness fellow club member Dave down a Naga Viper (video above). It's not pretty to see a grown man cry.

[Image via Flickr: Oakley Originals]

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