Monday, May 09, 2005

The Q BLog

One drop does it.
A specialist in “extreme food,” New Jersey’s Blair Lazar, has made the world’s hottest hot sauce. Called “16 Million Reserve,” it is 8,000 times stronger than Tabasco. Hotsauce.com informs us that if you order it, you will receive “a 1ml pharmaceutical grade vial filled with this unreal Pure Capsaicin Crystal! No more than 999 Bottles will be offered. 16 million Pure Capsicum. Never BEFORE produced in History. This is Pure CRYSTAL powder that is only sold for experimental/display purposes.”

The sauce comes with a cautionary disclaimer. Asthmatics could die if they tasted it, and a user who touches, say, his or her nether regions after tasting may have to be hospitalized.

It is called “16 Million Reserve” because it scores 16 million Scoville Units (the Richter Scale of hot sauces). Red Savina, the world’s spiciest pepper, measures just 570,000. Mr. Lazar claims that when he first tasted it, “It’s like having your tongue hit with a hammer.” Fire up the Weber!

All is Vanity
Michael Wolff, in the new issue of VANITY FAIR, takes liberals to task for not being as funny as their conservative counterparts. Huh?

Da Vinci Code
I finally got a chance to read it. For those of you who haven’t, this sentence pretty much sums it up: “Langdon popped a Coke and turned to the window, his thoughts awash with images of secret rituals and unbroken codes.”

The combination there of yearning and product placement was irresistible, at least to this reader.

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