The mind boggles.
I was given a link to a newspaper article that appeared recently in the Las Cruces Sun-News. Apparently, Dr. Paul Bosland, a New Mexico State University professor has “discovered” the World's hottest pepper. You can read the article here: Las Cruces Sun-News
For starters, Frontal Agri-tech, the people that Dr. Bosland got the pepper from don't seem to be getting any credit for the “discovery” of this oddly new species of pepper. Species I might add which is very well known in the Indian sub-continent. Ultimately, if anyone should receive credit for the “discovery” it should certainly be at least one of the millions of Indians who have b
een eating this chili for, at the very least, many generations.
Nevermind that Dr. Bosland didn't “discover” this pepper, according to his best friend, Dave Dewitt, he's barely had a few growing season's experience with it. In fact until last year, everyone was still of the impression that the Indian pepper was a hoax. Which leads me to ask what posesses someone to apply for the Guinness record with a score they know has been beaten by the people who actually deserve the credit for bringing knowledge of this pepper to the world; the Indians. The NMSU website links to Mr. DeWitt's article where Mr. DeWitt has written of Frontal Agri-tech's score of 1,041,427 SHU.
Like I said… The mind boggles.