Bhoot Jolokia, also known as ghost pepper, is the hottest chilli pepper in the world. To give you a real idea of how hot it is, let us do a comparison. It is twice as hot as Mexican red savina, the second fieriest pepper. The dreaded chilli beats habanero pepper hands down, and is three times as spicier than cayenne. In 2007, the Guiness World Records certified it as the World’s Hottest Chilli, after it was found to be nearly 400 times hotter than Tabasco sauce.
And if that was not enough, as per Scoville scale, the unit used to measure spicy heat of chilli peppers, Bhut jolokia measures a mind boggling 1,041,427 units. All these facts and numbers suggest that Bhoot Jolokia is something not to be trifled with.
Until someone comes along the way and decides to play cool. A 47-year old man thought it would be cool to take part in a contest and chew down a hamburger filled with this ghostly hot chilli. What happened to him? He was reduced to unstoppable vomiting, severe chest pain and abdominal pain for starters. And if that was not enough he had a hole in his food pipe. Yes! You heard that right. The chilli burnt a 2-and-a-half centimetre hole in his oesophagus.
The excess vomiting triggered a condition called Boerhaave Syndrome and had to undergo emergency surgery. It was after nearly a month he could return to his normal life.
Moral: Do not Mess Around with Bhoot Jolokia