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New World's Hottest Pepper Can Strip Paint, Could Become a Weapon

"It numbs your tongue, then burns all the way down."

A new breed of chili peppers is so hot it can strip paint and has some developers considering its potency for use in new weapons.

From the Daily Mail:

It was created by crossing three of the hottest varieties of chilli pods known to man.

The result is a record breaking chilli that will make your eyes stream, throat burn, nose run and much, much worse.

The Naga Viper chilli packs an astonishing 1,359,000 on the Scoville scale, which measures heat by the presence of the chemical compound capsaicin.

Experts at Warwick University carried out tests on the chilli and officially declared it the hottest.

It beat competition from the ferocious Bhut Jolokia pod - the previous holder - to take the title of the world’s hottest chilli in the Guinness Book of World Records.

The pepper is the creation of British chili pepper farmer Gerald Fowler.

"It numbs your tongue, then burns all the way down," he told the Daily Mail. "It can last an hour, and you just don't want to talk to anyone or do anything."

The pepper is so hot Fowler, who owns a local pub, makes customers sign a disclaimer stating they are "of sound body and mind" before sampling a curry cooked with Naga Viper. Only two have managed to finish the whole dish.

The Daily Mail reports the Indian Government has been examining ways of using chillies such as the Naga Viper to produce a spice bomb that can incapacitate enemy soldiers without killing them.

Earlier this year it created an 81-mm tear-gas like grenade which could be thrown by a soldier.

According to the paper, the mix of spices and phosphorous chokes the enemy’s respiratory tract, leaving targets barely able to breathe for a time.

A pepper connoisseur recently reviewed the pepper on YouTube, recording himself eating the fiery pod. It was so hot it made him vomit:

[The actual ingestion starts at 2:30]

"It’s hot enough to strip paint," Fowler said.

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