Today’s Google Doodle: Who Was Wilbur Scoville?

Scoville invented the scale for measuring pepper heat

Alphabet’s (GOOG,GOOGL) Google Doodle for Friday, Jan. 22, 2016 features Wilbur Scoville.

google-doodle-wilbur-scoville-goog-googlWilbur Scoville is the man that invented the Scoville Scale for measuring the heat of peppers. The subject of today’s Google Doodle was born on January 22, 1865, which makes this the celebration of his 151st birthday.

Wilbur Scoville used humans to test the heat of peppers and The Art of Compounding, a book written by him, was one of the first to mention milk as a way to combat the heat of peppers. Doodler Olivia Huynh has been considering making him the subject of a Google Doodle since last year.

The Google Doodle featuring Wilbur Scoville includes a small game. This game shows Scoville testing the heat of different peppers. To combat the heat, he eats ice cream. It’s at this point that the player has to defeat the peppers by hitting them with ice cream. This is done by clicking the screen at the right time with the mouse.

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