Jul
11
2008

The hottest curry ever? Why not.

You're being a little dramatic: That's what I think, anyway.
You're being a little dramatic: That's what I think, anyway.Courtesy pjryan3
“I don’t know, mate. I was just walking down the street thinking ‘Oy! It’s been a long time since I’ve had burning diarrhea!’ And then I saw the sign at the Cinnamon Club: hottest curry in the world. It was like God gave me a gift card for free burning diarrhea!”

“I had some bad chicken in Bath last week, and was fortunate enough to end up with sever stomach pain and vomiting. But with five days left in my vacation, it seemed like I was done with the puking. What a rip off! I’ve been planning this trip for years, and I didn’t come to England not to be physically ill the whole time. Thank goodness for naga peppers!”

“‘Grossly visible gastric bleeding’? Where’s the queue?!”

Brits and tourists alike were thrilled last week by the opportunity to try a London restaurant’s Bollywood Burner curry, a dish that will likely be named by the Guinness Book of World Records as the planet’s hottest curry.

(The meal, apparently, isn’t in quite the same league as Venutian gonad-exploding curry.)

The curry (which is “too extreme to keep on the menu”) gets its heat from the naga jolokia pepper, which was recently declared to be the hottest pepper in town (that is to say, again, on the planet). The naga has a maximumScoville rating of over one million—more than one hundred times hotter than the jalapeño pepper.

Capsaicin, the chemical that gives peppers their spicy dreams and hot flashes, has been explored as a treatment for chronic pain, and has been shown to kill cancer cells in lab rats. Ironically, capsaicin also causes severe pain, and has been shown to be associated with stomach cancer.

Your Comments, Thoughts, Questions, Ideas

Gene's picture
Gene says:

As my buddy Bruce used to say, it's not really food if it doesn't hurt.

posted on Fri, 07/11/2008 - 3:01pm
JGordon's picture
JGordon says:

I used to say that too. Then my doctor told me that broken glass still wasn't food.

posted on Fri, 07/11/2008 - 3:58pm
Gene's picture
Gene says:

Wimp.

posted on Sat, 07/12/2008 - 10:14am
JGordon's picture
JGordon says:

And how about this: It's not the world's hottest curry, but a British chili-enthusiast may have been chilied to death after he and a friend made a bet over who could cook up the spiciest chili. The 33-year-old, who was in perfect health, and had just passed a physical at work, tried his friend's chili, and was found dead the next morning of heart failure.

Normally we try to go on stronger cause and effect links here at Science Buzz, but for this one... we'll just say it was the chili.

posted on Mon, 09/29/2008 - 10:56am

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