The Carolina Reaper.
It is red and has a gnarled, lumpy pod with a tail like a scythe. As of 2013, Guinness has dubbed it as the hottest chilli in the world, surpassing the previous record holder, the Trinidad Scorpion “Butch T”.
Bred in a Rock Hill, South Carolina greenhouse by “Smokin” Ed Currie, proprietor of the PuckerButt Pepper Company in Fort Mill, the Carolina Reaper has been certified as the world’s hottest chili pepper by Guinness World Records since August 7, 2013.
The original crossbreed was between a Ghost pepper (a former world record holder) and a red habanero and is named ‘Reaper’ due to the shape of its tail.
The official Guinness World Record heat level is 1,569,300 Scoville Heat Units (SHU), according to tests conducted by Winthrop University in South Carolina. The figure is an average for the tested batch; the hottest individual pepper was measured at 2.2 million SHU.
On 15 January 1520, the Czech Kingdom of Bohemia began minting coins from silver mined locally in Joachimsthal (Czech Jáchymov) and marked on reverse with the Czech lion.
The coins were called “Joachimsthaler” which became shortened in common usage to thaler or taler.
The German name “Joachimsthal” literally means “Joachim’s valley” or “Joachim’s dale”.
This name found its way into other languages: Czech tolar, Dutch (rijks)daalder or daler, Italian tallero, Polish talar, Persian dare, as well as – via Dutch – into English as dollar.
It was previously believed that zebras were white animals with black stripes, since some zebras have white underbellies. Embryological evidence, however, shows that the animal’s background color is black and the white stripes and bellies are additions.
A tiger’s skin is striped, just like its fur.
More people are injured by dogs, cats and pigs than by sharks.
I guess this one is obvious, considering the number of sharks we have playing in our front yard.
Every year, in New York alone, more people are bitten by other people than by sharks!
(And personally, the sea smells better anyway).
Courtesy of DSTV