Google Doodle — Wilbur Lincoln Scoville
151st Birth Anniversary of Wilbur Scoville
Google has commemorated the 151st birth anniversary of Wilbur Lincoln Scoville (January 22, 1865 – March 10, 1942) who invented pepper heat scale.
Wilbur Scoville was an American pharmacist best known for his creation of the “Scoville Organoleptic Test”, now standardized as the Scoville scale. He devised the test and scale in 1912 while working at the Parke-Davis pharmaceutical company to measure pungency, “spiciness” or “heat”, of various chili peppers.
The Google doodle is an interactive representation of the Scoville heat scale that lets you have some fun. On clicking the fiery play button, the interactive game will help you learn heat properties of bell pepper, jalapeno pepper and cayenne pepper. You need to throw ice-cream on the peppers to neutralize them. As the game proceeds, it gets difficult to use the slider and aim the ice-cream at the pepper.
The mini game was created by Olivia Huynh in collaboration with artist Brian Kaas and engineers Corrie Scalisi, Tom Tabanao, Jordan Thompson, Kris Hom and Jk Kafalas.
The Scoville scale, which measures the concentration of capsaicin – the active component that gives chillies their hotness – runs from the bell pepper, with a rating of zero Scoville heat units (or SHU), to the 16 million that represents pure capsaicin.
Capsaicin is the compound that gives you the characteristic burning sensation in your mouth, when you eat chillies.
The hottest pepper in the world is the Carolina reaper, which measures at 1.6m Scoville units, which is 1,600 times hotter than a jalapeno.
Over the years, doodles on the Google homepage have made searching on Google more fun and enjoyable for its users worldwide. When doodles were first created, nobody had anticipated how popular and integral they would become to the Google search experience. Nowadays, many users excitedly anticipate the release of each new doodle and some even collect them!
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