Tuesday, March 18, 2014

WORD OF THE DAY! 3/18/14!


Scoville scale [scoh-vil-yoo-nits]
1. The measurement of the pungency (spicy heat) of spicy foods, especially peppers, measured by capsaicin concentration. Regardless of the fact that this is an empirical method dependent on the sensitivity of testers, it is the most prominent method of measuring capsaicin concentration.

EX. You should subscribe to Hot Pepper Gaming. The channel's premise is to get a youtuber, have them eat an especially hot pepper, and then try to review the game despite their mouth, throat, stomachs and bodies being racked with pain, heat, and revulsion in reaction to the peppers. A little over half a year ago, Egoraptor made his first appearance on the channel with his review, and it was hilarious. The pepper he ate before reviewing Monster Hunter 3 was a Habanero pepper with a Scoville Scale rating of 100,000 to 300,000 units. With Tabasco sitting at about 30,000 to 50,000 units, that means that a Habanero is about ten times as powerful. 

In the two pictures at the header of the article, Arin Hanson AKA Egoraptor, is seen before and after eating a Ghost Pepper or Bhut Jolokia, a pepper grown and cultivated in India, for his review of Metal Gear Solid 5: Ground Zeroes. Its Scoville rating is much more varied but lands it closer to 1,000,000 units. That means it is often ranked about 10 times more powerful than a Habanero or 100 times the power of Tabasco. Some police forces in India use the Ghost Pepper as an ingredient in weapon's grade pepper spray. This means Egoraptor is in a hilarious amount of pain for our amusement. To schaudenfreude!

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