Sunday, March 21, 2010

Sunday Burst of Weird and AWESOME!

I'm retitling this weekly feature, so as to take the emphasis a little off the "weird" and put it more on the AWESOME which I often tend to post in this series anyway. OK? OK! Oddities abound!

:: With the exception of that road in Bolivia, which would almost certainly either scare the living crap out of me or outright kill me, I'd cheerfully drive any one of these roads. Wow!

:: I waffled on linking this here or in Sentential Links, because it's pretty well written as a crude humor piece. But I'm going to put it here, I suppose. There's a spice mix out there called "Satan's Ashes", which is apparently as hot as food can possibly get. A guy decided to make, and eat, a curry using this stuff. Hilarity ensues, in a post called The Day My Arse Died.

Satan's Ashes are comprised of the usual things you might expect in a quality curry powder: Garam Masala, Cumin and so on but also the Dorset Naga chilli (880,000 on the Scoville scale), the Naga Morich (953,721 on the Scoville scale) and the infamous Bhut Jolokia which - at 1,001,304 Scoville units is the world's hottest chilli pepper. To put that into some kind of context, that makes the Bhut Jolokia over 100 times hotter than a Jalapeno, 20 times hotter than a Tobasco pepper and 3 times hotter than a Scotch Bonnet.

In India, Bhut Jolokia is smeared on fences to repel elephants. This noxious, possibly poisonous substance which even elephants have no truck with, was precisely what I intended to put in my mouth and eventually pass out of my arse.

I'm reaching for a water bottle just thinking about this. He's got pictures, too! (Don't worry, no horrible pictures or anything. It's a food post. With inedible food.)

:: Check out this gallery of the posters NASA produces for each space mission it launches. Some of these are great.

More next week!

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