A British Man Has Accidentally Created A Chilli So Hot That It Can Kill You

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You know how it goes: one minute you're tending to your vegetable patch, enjoying the bucolic pace of tending to your own produce - a million miles away from the rampant waste and questionable practices of big supermarket chains - the next you've accidentally created a chilli pepper so hot that it can kill a man.

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Attempting to grow a chilli plant that just looked nice (rather than one that could down a bear) for the Chelsea Flower Show, Mike Smith from North Wales said, in an interview with The Daily Post, that he's "chuffed" if a little "surprised" after scientists declared that his Devil's Breath chilli was now the world's hottest; measuring 2.48 million on the Scoville heat scale, ahead of the 2.2 million achieved by the Carolina Reaper.

Look at how sweet and innocent he looks

For some perspective, US Army Pepper Spray, used to blind and disorientate attackers - and rowdy lads on stag dos in Brighton - measures a mere 2 million on the Scoville scale.

Experts believe that anyone who attempted to swallow one of Smith's chilli peppers would be at risk of death from anaphylactic shock, caused by the pepper burning and narrowing human airways... which is nice.

But beyond being a mini chemical weapon, the Devil's Breath could also be a force for good, with Smith adding that the chilli - created in partnership with Nottingham Trent University - has a medicinal use.

He said: "This was developed because a lot of people are allergic to anaesthetic, and this can be applied to the skin because it is so strong it numbs it."

It's also thought the chilli's oils could be utilised in developing countries, where anaesthetic is expensive and difficult to come by.

Mike is exhibiting at the Chelsea Flower Show and will enter his chilli into the Plant of the Year category.

A plant that can kill a man and save lives? A nice French Marigold doesn't quite have the same C.V, does it?