alibi online
Free Will AstrologyAlibi's Personals
 

centennial


Food

A Spicy Centennial

Wilbur Scoville
Wilbur Scoville

As we all know, New Mexico has been a state for a full century as of this year. But that's not the only hundred year birthday we should be celebrating. In a coincidence that's altogether too perfect for our green chile obsessed region, 2012 also marks the 100th anniversary of the Scoville scale.

The Scoville scale, as anyone with a taste for the caliente should realize, is the more-or-less standardized method for determining how hot a chile pepper is. The scale ranges from 0 for a heatless bell pepper, to 16 million for pure capsaicin, the chemical compound that makes chile spicy. A good, hot New Mexico chile typically ranks somewhere between 3500 and 8000, while its degenerate offspring the Anaheim pepper is closer to 1,000. Law enforcement grade pepper spray registers at around 1.5 million.

Wilbur Scoville, a pharmacist, developed the scale in 1912 in order to ensure that the peppers used in a turn-of-the-century muscle salve called Heet were consistently spicy enough to take advantage of capsaicin’s topical pain relieving qualities (is there anything chile can’t do?). Appropriately enough, not only did Scoville develop the first standardized heat scale, he was also one of the first scientific chile tasters to note that the best way to cool down a fiery tongue is to reach for a glass of milk.

For more information about Wilbur Scoville, check out Dave DeWitt’s biographical article on fiery-foods.com.

Alibi Picks

Sábado Gigante ... muy Gigante

As New Mexico celebrates 100 years of being one of those 50 stars on the blue upright, the city is planning the largest party ever held in Albuquerque: Centennial Summerfest is from noon to 9:30 p.m. on a closed-off stretch of Central between Second and 10th Streets. Multiple pavilions (including an authentically constructed 19th century Territorial Village) representing the eras of New Mexico's history will offer musical entertainment and dancing. Plenty of food, vintage car shows and an arts market reflect the modern. Centennial Summerfest draws to a close at 8 p.m. with a headlining performance by Los Lobos at Civic Plaza. All events are free to the public. For an extensive schedule of events, visit abqsummerfest.com.

V.21 No.2 | 1/12/2012

Council Watch

100 Birthday Spankings for New Mexico

President William H. Taft signed the proclamation declaring New Mexico the 47th state on Jan. 6, 1912.

[ more >> ] [ permalink ]

Shenanigans!

Centennial honk-a-thon

Play Youtube Video

In case you were hiding under a rock (and wearing earplugs) you probably heard the cacophony of car horns that sounded off at 11:35 a.m. Celebrating 100 years of statehood, drivers throughout Albuquerque blared their horns. This groundbreaking piece of filmmaking has captured the significant historical event. What you are about to behold starts with a slow buzzing and rises to a teeming crescendo, capped off by a semi-truck tooting its horn. No word yet on the number of aggravated assault charges filed by victims of people who wondered why the hell they were being honked at.

More Videos

news

The Daily Word in Johnny Tapia crash, 100 years of statehood, poisonous cat stew

Happy 100th birthday, New Mexico! Citywide horn-honking at 11:35 a.m.

In other 100-year-anniversary news, the Girl Scouts introduce a new cookie. Unfortunately, it’s lemon flavored.

25 dead in Damascus bombing.

Police say Johnny Tapia crashed his SUV into a median on Paseo.

Economy on the upswing with 200,000 jobs added in December.

Orange County police say serial killer is stalking the homeless, has already killed three.

Genetically modified monkeys created from six different embryos. Scientists say it could be a step toward curing Parkinson’s. C’mon, didn’t you see Rise of the Planet the Apes?

Cops say naked pro skateboarder was on PCP when he went apeshit in an NYC hotel.

Gingrich belittles Santorum.

Car theft goes awry when vehicle hits a rock and propels onto a roof.

Police say a Navy SEAL accidentally put a bullet in his head.

Dog finds its way back to family four days after owner dies in avalanche while skiing.

Tiger Woods’ ex buys $12 million home, bulldozes it.

Sensitive fire alarms may be the reason for unnecessary Pit evacuations.

Wisconsin man arrested after taking an 80-mile “test drive.”

Cat stew kills Chinese billionaire.

Justin Timberlake and Jessica Biel got engaged. God, is Justin Timberlake cool.

blog

Centennial License Plates

They've arrived. As of last week, you can demand the centennial license plate at the state's MVDs. The design was sold as "retro," because it's based on past plates. (Not to be all state-pridey, but I like it. What do you think?)

You know what's even better than that plate? Six babies in a blender (zing!). No, how about this amateur radio operator plate, available to "any New Mexico resident who holds an official commercial or amateur radio station license in good standing issued by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC)." Rad.

Kitschier still? Take this horseless carriage plate ... please. "A 'horseless carriage' is a motor vehicle at least 35 years old, owned as a collector's item, and used solely for exhibition and educational purposes."

Then there's this patriot plate, and someone at MVD was being a real crackup when he or she wrote: "The Patriot registration plate is available to any motor vehicle owner who is a patriot. No proof of patriotism is required."

Damn. There's a lot I didn't know about license plates. Scope the many varieties here.

Today's Events

Fierce Women Warriors Labor Day Party at Tractor Brewery Wells Park

Rick Overton is ready to bring out the Fierce Woman Warrior in you.

Comedy superstar Rick Overton headlines a Labor Day party in honor of the backbone of our communityworking men and women.

Tomten • Paleo • Esme Patterson • AJ Woods • folk, rock • Lady Uranium • smearwave, dustpop at Low Spirits

New Mexico Wine Festival at Loretto Park

More Recommented Events ››
Join our mailing list for exclusive info, the week's events and free stuff!
 

  • Select sidebar boxes to add below. You can also click and drag to rearrange the boxes; close using the little X icons on each box. To re-add a box you closed, return to this menu.
  • Because you are not logged in, any changes you make to these boxes will vanish as soon as you click to another page. If you log in, the boxes will stick.
  • alibi.com
  • Latest Posts
  • Web Exclusives
  • Recent Rocksquawk Discussions
  • Recent Classifieds
  • Latest User Posts
  • Most Active Users
  • Most Active Stories
  • Calendar Comments
  • Upcoming Alibi Picks
  • Albuquerque
  • Duke City Fix
  • Albuquerque Beer Scene
  • What's Wrong With This Picture?
  • Reddit Albuquerque
  • ABQ Journal Metro
  • ABQrising
  • ABQ Journal Latest News
  • Del.icio.us Albuquerque
  • NM and the West
  • New Mexico FBIHOP
  • Democracy for New Mexico
  • Only in New Mexico
  • Mario Burgos
  • Democracy for New Mexico
  • High Country News
  • El Grito
  • NM Politics with Joe Monahan
  • Stephen W. Terrell's Web Log
  • The Net Is Vast and Infinite
  • Slashdot
  • Freedom to Tinker
  • Is there a feed that should be on this list? Tell us about it.
    3 Bad Jacks
    3 Bad Jacks9.23.2014