Recently, the Indian military announced plans to militarize the world’s hottest chili pepper. Before you start laughing, you should hear how hot this chili pepper is: according to the scientific gauge to measure spiciness, the bhut jolokia rates 1,000,000 Scoville units. Compare that to your average Tabasco sauce, which rates a meager 2,500 to 5,000 Scoville units, and you probably have some idea of how hot this particular pepper is. In fact, the bhut jolokia was accepted by the Guinness World Records as the world’s spiciest chili in 2007.
After conducting tests, the Indian military decided to use the thumb-sized pepper to make tear gas-like hand grenades to immobilize suspects. However, unlike other military weaponry, the chili pepper spray is non-toxic but will still choke terrorists or other enemies out of their hiding spots with its pungent fumes.
Additionally, besides using the pepper as a military weapon, the next phase of trials will focus on producing aerosol sprays for women to use against potential attackers.