Thank you, /r/Connecticut.
The Connecticut subreddit is filled to the brim with local heroes helping make Connecticut a little more interesting today than it was yesterday.
And that list of heroes now includes user rxneutrino. Without his efforts, I would never have known that Wilbur Scoville, the inventor of the Scoville Organoleptic Test (now known as the Scoville Scale) that tells you how spicy a pepper is, was born right here in Connecticut.
Now, there are many reasons to get excited about this.
First and foremost, it’s just another little nugget of Connecticut trivia you can use to impress your friends. You can explain them that the only way they can tell the difference between the regular hot wings and the ultra mega-death hot wings is thanks to a Connecticut native.
Secondly, it adds to Connecticut’s history of doing cool food-related things. We have the best pizza in the country. We invented the hamburger. And now we invented the scale that tells the world, “Yes, the Carolina Reaper is the hottest known pepper on Earth at 1.57 million Scoville Heat Units.”
Finally, this is of course yet another excuse to eat hot wings. Typically, hot wing consumption is relegated to the occasional drunken bar night with friends, watching sports on the weekends, and the Super Bowl. Now, since there’s so much Connecticut history lathered all over those wings, it’s basically the official state food and should be consumed daily.
So yeah, thanks again Reddit. Now, please pass the napkins!