I love hot peppers, and by extension, hot food. I can't get enough spicy pain. I once happened by an Oriental pepper vendor's stall at a food fair and she was offering free peppers to anyone who could eat one of the displayed ones. I can't recall the variety of pepper, but I think it was a Thai one, which are butt-sucking hot. Anyway, I picked one up and ate it...completely. The expression of shock and awe on her face was worth the next day after effects of bung suffering I endured. Needless to say, I got some of the hottest, finest "fire in the hole" peppers I had ever eaten...for free.
At this point you need a tiny bit of technical data...whether you are interested or not: A pepper's hotness is rated according to a standard called, the Scoville scale.
A jalapeño pepper, for example, scores between 2,500 to 8,000 on the scale...and the hottest chilis (up to now), such as habaneros and nagas, have a rating of 200,000 or more. That will clear out your sinuses, and many other holey places that might need cleaning out. Thank ya Heyzeus!
All of this leads me to an article I read today. A pepper claiming to be the world's hottest. It is a cross-breed of three different species and it's developer calls it the Naga Viper. It's Scoville measure? 1,359,000.
It is said to have the ability to strip paint, and is even being looked into for development as a potential weapon.
A quote from the article I read on Yahoo:
It's inventor, Gerald Fowler -- who makes customers sign a waiver declaring that they're of sound mind and body before trying a Naga Viper-based curry -- insists that consuming the fiery chili does the body good.
"It numbs your tongue, then burns all the way down," he told the Daily Mall. "It can last an hour, and you just don't want to talk to anyone or do anything. But it's a marvelous endorphin rush. It makes you feel great."
The phrase, "fire in the hole", takes on a whole new meaning with this beauty.