‘Please Don’t Try This At Home—We Are Fully Trained Idiots’

Trinidad Scorpion Butch T pepper. Photo: Vicary Archangel (CC)

Do you like hot, spicy food? Not like these guys, you don’t. Spencer Jakab reports on the men who are trying to eat the world’s hottest peppers, for the Wall Street Journal:

“Please don’t try this at home—we are fully trained idiots.”

So went the disclaimer back in October 2010 as British pepper aficionado Leo Scott and his friend Lok Chi uploaded a video of themselves eating a new variety, the Naga Viper, developed by fellow grower Gerald Fowler. The warning was warranted as the two very experienced chiliheads sweated, writhed in pain and briefly lost the ability to speak after each chewing and swallowing one of the bright-red capsicums.

A month later, the Guinness Book of World Records certified what Mr. Scott found out the hard way: The Naga Viper was the hottest pepper ever grown, measuring 1.382 million Scoville Heat Units, the standard measure of heat. That is 225 times as hot as a jalapeño can sometimes be.

Unfortunately for Mr. Fowler, his record wouldn’t stand for long. Four months later, the Naga was dethroned by the Trinidad Scorpion Butch T, the current record holder, at 1.464 million Scovilles.

“I was shocked,” says Mr. Scott, who lives near Bristol, England. “You’ve got this global community of chili growers who are competing ruthlessly with each other.”

The Naga itself had just surpassed the Infinity Chili, which held the official record for a mere eight months…

[continues in the Wall Street Journal]


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  • http://hormeticminds.blogspot.com/ Chaorder Gradient

    why not cut out the middle man and drink distilled pepper spray?

  • Anarchy Pony

    At what point will they get so hot that they obliterate your ability to taste permanently?

  • echar

    yes, but what I want to know if they will weaponize these peppers‽

  • BuzzCoastin

    there are thousands of Gramma’s in Thailand
    who could kick that dudes ass eating hot peppers

  • Haystack

    Once I was in a grocery store looking for something to snack on at work. I like hot peppers, so when I noticed this “habanero” things all dry and shrink wrapped I was like “oh great!” I took a couple bites in my cube before tears stared streaming over my face and I thought to myself “This was probably a mistake.”

    Apparently, those max out at like 350,000 scovilles, whereas these are 1.46 million. Still, I’d probably eat one, just to say that I’d been there. *grin*

  • http://www.facebook.com/morgaine.dclegg.3 Morgaine D’Clegg

    Be careful, there is one in Africa I think it is, that can cause a heart attack.

  • DeepCough

    1.464 million Scoville units is enough to give a wild acid trip while at the same time strip away the lining in your stomach. Chuck Norris wouldn’t eat anything less.

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    have a nice daze