michellelegro

nostrich:

One hundred years ago, an American pharmacist named Wilbur Scoville developed a scale to measure the intensity of a pepper’s burn. The scale – as you can see on the widely used chart to the left – puts sweet bell peppers at the zero mark and the blistering habenero at up to 350,000 Scoville Units.

I checked the Scoville Scale for something else yesterday. I was looking for a way to measure the intensity of pepper spray, the kind that police have been using on Occupy protestors including this week’s shocking incident involving peacefully protesting students at the University of California-Davis.

Deborah Blum wrote a great thing about pepper spray.

5,000,000 Scoville units!

  1. theprettynerdie reblogged this from occupyhistory
  2. faen reblogged this from nickdouglas
  3. reconfine reblogged this from nostrich and added:
    (via nostrich)
  4. artista4u reblogged this from daydreamingintotheniight and added:
    I do agree with some of these statements and I think it is sad that a peaceful protest ended this way. However I just...
  5. dfg-eu reblogged this from nostrich
  6. daydreamingintotheniight reblogged this from endlesslap and added:
    ^ YES thank you tori. I understand the use of pepper spray by police in aggressive situations where someone is being...
  7. endlesslap reblogged this from iamscarpelli and added:
    this argument actually enrages and makes me so incredibly sad all at the same time. just because something has happened...
  8. dianebluegreen reblogged this from nostrich
  9. wudevah reblogged this from nostrich
  10. mrmoneda reblogged this from nostrich
  11. linkedlikedays reblogged this from thisdamnblog
  12. exercisesinidealism reblogged this from nostrich
  13. wiseoldunicorn reblogged this from occupyhistory
  14. thelovesongofjaygatsby reblogged this from occupyhistory
  15. occupyhistory reblogged this from nostrich
  16. selfrelatingtruth reblogged this from nostrich
  17. theresalighton reblogged this from nostrich
  18. upthe-wolves reblogged this from mikelernerphotography and added:
    The “you can’t be upset because these other people had it worse” standpoint is a ridiculous one and makes me take your...
  19. global-culture reblogged this from michellelegro and added:
    5,000,000 Scoville units!
  20. iamscarpelli reblogged this from mikelernerphotography and added:
    what Mike Lerner said.
  21. thisdamnblog reblogged this from nickdouglas
  22. dodgerink reblogged this from nickdouglas
  23. sorokinchords reblogged this from nostrich