What does a Palm Pre cost? Apparently, 1 Million Scoville Units.

What does a Palm Pre cost? Apparently, 1 Million Scoville Units.

Summary: My friend and fellow foodie/techie Mike Pfeffer recently won a Palm Pre in a contest by PreCentral.net apparently by willing to sacrifice his entire gastro-intestinal system to the Bhut Jolokia.

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My friend and fellow foodie/techie Mike Pfeffer recently won a Palm Pre in a contest by PreCentral.net apparently by willing to sacrifice his entire gastro-intestinal system to the Bhut Jolokia.

Bhut Jolokia isn't the name of a Indian demon worshipping cult from an Indiana Jones movie -- it's a type of chili pepper related to a Habanero. However, If you think Habaneros are hot -- which come in at around 80,000-100,000 Scoville units each, comparing it to the Bhut Jolokia is like comparing a small tactical nuclear weapon that was recently tested in North Korea to the Tsar Bomba that went off in 1961.

The Bhut Jolokia chile pepper, measuring in at approximately 1 Million Scoville units of heat each, is the hottest chile pepper in the world. And if you are actually willing to submit yourself to it, there's an Indian restaurant in New York City, Brick Lane Curry House, which will make a dish called Phaal Curry that features these nasty little things.

Well, apparently, Mike was willing to eat a Phaal Curry to get his hands on a Palm Pre. Frankly, I think I would probably prefer to wait on line and pay cash for the thing rather than submit my GI system and sensitive mucous membranes to the horrible aftermath.

Would you me willing to shoot fire out of your rear end to get a hold of a Palm Pre? Talk Back and Let Me Know.

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  • Another reason to eat curry

    http://www.tgdaily.com/content/view/42699/181/
    Curry could cure Alzheimer's
    davebarnes
    • At the cost of inducing colon or rectal cancer

      At least with the former, I'll be able to linger for months, maybe even years. With the latter, I'll be gone in months. No thanks.
      Rob Oakes
      • Please don't mislead

        Capsaicin actually appears to REDUCE the rate of GI cancers, not the other way around.
        nothingness
        • As a matter of fact

          The Phaal Curry is used in India as a stomach
          remedy!

          Still burns like hell on the way out, though.
          jperlow
          • Hot peppers are actually NOT corrosive

            There is an understandable belief that hot peppers would be corrosive. They give such a burning sensation that people are led to think that they would have the same effect as sulfuric acid or, at the other end of the pH scale, caustic soda.

            Actually, the ONLY significant effect of capsaicin is directly stimulating nerve terminations that make you feel pain (which, in turn, induces your body to produce pleasurable endorphins to counteract, which is apparently why [some] people like hot dishes).

            Scientists have made experiments directly instilling hot pepper extracts into the stomach using a sound and there was NO effect. However, prepared sauces such as Tabasco did irritate the mucous lining because of the vinegar contained in it, since vinegar *is* a known gastric irritant.

            Likewise, I remember seing promotional materials from the makers of Tabasco years ago, saying that they have to let the sauce age in casks put together without nails or other metal parts, because they wouldn't be able to withstand the corrosion. Actually, that corrosion would likely come from the salt contained in the sauce - which given the special fossil salt used in Tabasco, could possibly have even stronger electrolytic properties than common table salt.

            So, while it may be rather painful to taste a Bhut Jolokia-laden dish, your GI system will suffer no harm, let alone cancer.
            goyta
          • Unless you are allergic

            Pepper allergies causing blistering are not
            unknown. Though I suppose the "extra" additives
            are just as likely as the pepper itself.
            wellduh
  • RE: What does a Palm Pre cost? Apparently, 1 Million Scoville Units.

    When are we going?...it's on me!
    chefdaiz
  • RE: What does a Palm Pre cost? Apparently, 1 Million Scoville Units.

    a couple of days of excruiating pain for a brand new Palm Pre count me in =)!!!!!
    quixel1
  • was this a promotion or a bet?

    Was this part of a private bet, a contest, or can anyone sign away their rectum for a Palm Pre?
    If it is a promotion by the restaurant or someone else in conjunction with this restaurant, then you can expect to see me there this weekend, Tums in hand ;)
    frd1963