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Friday Follies: Chile Powder Aids More Than Digestion

Pepper Flakes

As always, the Chile Underground seeks to bring you new and novel uses for chiles and pepper products. And believe me, I think we’ve found a unique one…

The Times of India recently reported that a convicted murderer escaped the clutches of the Kotwali police using a technique one only finds in B-Movie plots: He tossed chile powder into the eyes of the cops escorting him from the Kamia Nehru Tuberculosis Hospital.

Yes, those cops saw a new light. Of course, they undoubtedly rubbed their eyes in reflex, which surely didn’t help anything. The convict, suffering from TB, asked to speak to his doctor in private. It’s not clear if he was slipped the evil powder then.

At last report, the convict was still on the loose, although the police are manning checkpoints and watching the escapee’s former residence. No bloodhounds are in use, however, as red chiles burn out their noses.

That convict won’t go home, I bet; no chile powder for his curries, and everyone knows Rajasthani cuisine needs chile powder…

(In completely unrelated news: Sachin Tendulkar has become the most prolific batsman in Test Cricket history, in the ongoing Border Gavaskar Trophy competition between India and Australia. News like that is just too important to pass up!)

Enjoy the (Red Powdery) Heat!

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