A teenager brought Bhut Jolokia peppers to school in Ohio, and kids did what you’d expect- they ate it. It wasn’t one daredevil kid who took a careful small nibble, but 40 of them.
The Milton Union Middle school students, between the ages of 11 and 14 then displayed symptoms like blotchy skin, hives, sweating, and watering eyes.
“We all drank like 10 cartons of milk,” eighth grade student Cody Schmidt said, calling the pepper “really hot”.
Five students had to be hospitalised.
The students “took these peppers voluntarily”, according to a police investigation.
Here’s the detailed report of this incident.
How hot is the Bhut Jokolia?
The Bhut jolokia is also known as Ghost pepper, Ghost chili, U-morok, Red naga, Naga jolokia and Bih jolokia. It is closely related to the Naga morich of Bangladesh and is an interspecific hybrid chili pepper cultivated in the Indian states of Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Nagaland and Manipur. It is a hybrid of Capsicum chinense and Capsicum frutescens.
In 2007, Guinness World Records certified that the Ghost pepper was the world’s hottest chili pepper, 400 times hotter than Tabasco sauce.