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E24 hotness colour codes

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The Scoville scale <link> is a well-established way of rating the hotness or spiciness of foods.

The E24 system <link> is a well-established way of rating the value of resistors.

We suggest combining the two.

All spicy foodstuffs can be marked using colour bands - first digit, second digit, decade multiplier, additional optional bands for precision.

Thus a sauce rated at 560,000 Scoville units would be banded Green, Blue, Yellow.

This would mean that (1) the hotness indication is completely independent of language or caligraphy, and (2) the resistor colour code, a most useful notation, would be promulgated to a much wider consumer audience, without having to resort to more than the usual number of random violent beatings.

So when an overseas visitor proffers a dubious looking bottle of greyish liquid, indicating with eager smiles, nods and hand gestures that it is intended as a condiment, the Red, Violet and Green banding - indicating a rating of 2.7 Million Scoville units - should give the recipient adequate warning that a pinhead-sized drop of the stuff is sufficient to completely evaporate all the mucous membranes in a human head.

8th of 7, Feb 11 2018

Scoville scale https://en.wikipedi...wiki/Scoville_scale
How hot is it ? [8th of 7, Feb 11 2018]

E24 series https://en.wikipedi...eferred_numbers#E24
By their colours shall ye know them. [8th of 7, Feb 11 2018]

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       //dubious looking bottle of greyish liquid//   

       Didn't the label "Tokamak Starter Fuel" give it away ?
bigsleep, Feb 11 2018
  

       Since it was written in obscure Javanese pictograms, no.   

       It's not clear whether the Indonesians developed "sambal" as a foodstuff or a chemical weapon, but the inclusion of something closely resembling Sarin (based on its effects) in an otherwise innocuous rijsttafel is nothing less than unsporting.
8th of 7, Feb 11 2018
  

       Some Sambal Oelek's can resemble hot battery acid. I hope you found Go-Tan's version which can be ladled into kebabs or Indian dishes. Tonight as it happens I made a large batch of Tarka Dahl.
bigsleep, Feb 11 2018
  

       so what you gonna use the tolerance band for ?   

       and how much brandy did it take for the "resistance is scoville" brainfart to appear ?
FlyingToaster, Feb 11 2018
  

       We leave that sort of spirit-induced lame pun to [MB], who is - rightly - the acknowledged virtuoso in such matters.   

       The tolerance band will indicate how long, in nanoseconds, you can tolerate the stuff before screaming for medical help, then collapsing.
8th of 7, Feb 11 2018
  

       //Tarka Dahl//   

       Like Sophie Dahl, but 'otter?
pertinax, Feb 12 2018
  

       [pertinax], there's a group of gentlemen looking for you, from the Illustrious Order of Punsters. They have an award they want to give you.
MaxwellBuchanan, Feb 12 2018
  

       Oh, and they're not just going to hand it to you. We suggest you have a large amount of "personal lubricant" available. Otherwise.... well, it's going to be even more unpleasant than necessary.
8th of 7, Feb 12 2018
  

       //Like Sophie Dahl, but 'otter?//   

       We would have accepted "Like a regular dal but just a little 'otter".   

       I didn't actually know a tarka dal existed while posting and then found out that its a dal with last minute ingredients. Chili powder and coriander went into my batch, so quite ironically, it was a little 'otter.
bigsleep, Feb 12 2018
  

       I keep our water otter in the kitchen.
Ian Tindale, Feb 12 2018
  
      
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