India’s red hot chili grenade

India’s red hot chili grenade

Think mustard gas is bad?

In possible contravention of long-standing international conventions on the prohibition of chemical and biological weapons, the Indian military has announced the addition to a new weapon to its arsenal: chili grenades.

Made from bhut jolokia — the spiciest chili pepper in the world, according to the 2007 Guinness Book of World Records — the grenades are expected to be "effective nontoxic weapon[s]… [whose] pungent smell can choke terrorists and force them out of their hideouts."

I urge readers to be on the lookout for one of these things at the next international weapons exhibition they attend.