The Associated Press: Indian military to weaponize world's hottest chili:
"'The chili grenade has been found fit for use after trials in Indian defense laboratories, a fact confirmed by scientists at the Defense Research and Development Organization,' Col. R. Kalia, a defense spokesman in the northeastern state of Assam, told The Associated Press."
way back when these things mattered a company felt that one way to control
their employees was to have supervisors sit close and personal next to
Customer Service Representatives and monitor their calls. they called this
"Quality Control" it was suppossed to replace the Panopticon* method of surveillance.
*(beyond the scope of this blog. interesting, though, go ahead google it).
as expected Representatives felt extreme stress and paranoia for eight hours a day,
and absenteeism increase. meanwhile supervisors spent their days looking for some excitement
usually nitpicking at any slight deviation from scripted calls.
what does any of this have to do with militarizing chili?
more apropos, what does this have to do with food?
Representatives began to fight back by loading up on chili lunches, brocolli dinners,
and peanut snacks (which they kept close at hand on their desks!
needless to say, close-up monitoring has since been discredited and largely discontinued. ;-)