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…Nauru does billion-dollar laundry?

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What does a billion-dollar bank look like?

If you said a shack on a small island in the Pacific Ocean, you would unfortunately be correct.

This shack, located on the eight square miles of the island nation of Nauru (a tiny island of 13,500 people located 1,200 miles east of New Guinea) has seen billions of dollars flushed through its system recently, as those that are working with less than legal tender are looking to the island for its money laundering services.

It wasn’t always this way though, as Nauru used to be a prosperous phosphate mine, until the bird dropping based wealth was sucked form the land, leaving little more than a crater and a distant memory of prosperous times.

Recently, Jack Hitt of The New York Times had a chance to tour this highly unlikely bank, and his resulting report is a great read about a country that can’t find its way, and the things that they do to survive.

Care to make a deposit?

[The New York Times – The Billion-Dollar Shack]

[Wikipedia – Nauru]

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…Blair’s 16 Million is hot?

Blair’s 16 MillionWhy would a hot sauce need a disclaimer?

Because when it’s Blair’s 16 Million Reserve, a pharmaceutical grade vial filled with pure capsaicin crystal, even a little bit is enough to kill.

Literally.

When Blair sells it, he specifically states: “Blair’s 16 Million is not a sauce or an ingredient. This product is made available for experimental/display purposes only”.

So why all the fuss?

Because Blair’s 16 Million gets its name from its Scoville rating of 16 Million on the Scoville scale. (A measure of hotness.)

How hot is 16 Million?

Well, typical Tabasco sauces have a rating of 2,500-5,000; typical cayenne peppers have a rating of 30,000; and the famed habanero peppers have a rating of 100,000-350,000. Even US pepper spray only manages to reach a rating of 2,000,000-5,300,000.

As you can imagine, a sauce with a rating three times as high as pepper spray is going to pack quite a punch.

Wonder what it does to food?

The brave reviewers over at the Hot Sauce Blog put a single spec into a pot of tomato soup, and had to throw the entire thing away. And these guys review hot sauce for a living!

Ready to try some?

Too bad, because all 999 bottles have already been spoken for.

Don’t worry through, I’m sure some poor soul with a burned tongue and a light wallet will put one up on eBay soon enough, and then it will be time for your famous chili to kick it up a few notches.

Just be sure to bring plenty of milk.

And a release form.

[Extreme Food – Blair’s 16 Million]

[Hot Sauce Blog – Blair’s 16 Million]

[Wikipedia – Scoville Scale]