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    the measurement of 'heat' (amount of capsaicin) from chilli peppers. It's named after its creator, American pharmacist Wilbur Scoville (January 22, 1865 – March 10, 1942)

    The "Trinidad Scorpion" is currently the World's hottest chilli pepper at 1.5 to 2 million Scovilles, replacing the "Naga Ghost Chilli" which measured approximately 1 million Scovilles on the Scoville scale.

    Submitted by Craig Mansfield from United Kingdom on 15/08/2013


to manipulate someone psychologically so that they begin to question their own perceptions and memories

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the phenomenon by which an incompetent person is too incompetent to understand his own incompetence

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