APepper on the Scoville Scale? Hotelligent!

pepperDid you know that there are more than a thousand varieties of peppers in the world? Seriously. There are bell peppers, Jalapeno peppers, yellow peppers, Serrano and even sport peppers. From sweet to blazin’ hot, you name it and there is most likely a pepper for it or named after it. But one kind of pepper you won’t find anywhere outside of WikiAnswers is APepper – that’s right. APepper. While the Scoville scale says that pure capsaicin is the hottest thing around we know better… APepper is hotelligent! That’s simply off the charts…

Want to know more? Read on my friends!

What is your WikiAnswers user name and the history behind it?

It’s my name! (Andrew Pepper)

Are you a Floating or Category Supervisor (which categories)?

I’m a Floating Supervisor – I think!

Do you have any pets?

No, although for a few months we had a Siamese cat living with us (a long story!)

Where do you live, how long have you lived there and why do you like the area?

We live in two countries; England and Cyprus. I was actually born in the area of England (East Anglia) where we live now and we’ve long been hellenophiles. So when the opportunity arose a few years ago, we picked Cyprus – which is warm in the winter.

Where did you grow up and do you have any special memories of your childhood?

I grew up in Essex, outside of my family, my earliest memories are of seeing the Beatles on TV – on programs that are now lost, as they weren’t recorded; I’m a big Beatles fan.

What educational information would you like to share?

I studied electronics at London University and worked there for several years as a technician and, latterly, as a computer programmer. I also started a PhD in Cybernetics on Natural Language.

What are some of your past and/or present occupations?

I co-founded a company which designed and manufactured datacomms equipment. As well as helping to run the company, I also wrote software and documentation for products. I’m now self-employed; I do some freelance photography, designing Web sites and I’ve written a program which allows camera clubs to run competitions using a laptop and digital projector – the digital revolution has been a big thing for camera clubs as they used to use slides a lot.

What is/are your key area(s) of knowledge, interests or expertise?

Partly I have “professional” knowledge of datacomms, computers in general, photography and electronics but I also have interests; the Beatles, evolution by natural selection (I studied that for my PhD). I’m not a believer in god, but I have an interest in the bible – there is a quiz show in the UK called QI which describes surprising facts in the bible (e.g. Delilah didn’t cut off Samson’s hair; there were seven of most animals on Noah’s ark; the oldest man mentioned in the bible is Enoch), this kind of trivia is right up my street! Although I studied quite a lot of physics and quantum physics in particular as part of my electronics course, I’m very nervous about answering questions about physics as my knowledge is 30 years old.

Living in Cyprus for some of the year means I speak a little Greek.

Do you have any collections or hobbies?

Photography and computer programming are my hobbies. I’m lucky enough to get paid to do them, but I’d do them for free just for fun.

What do you like to do for recreation?

Apart from photography and computer programming, I play some table tennis and cricket. I also play some computer games.

What are a few random facts about yourself?

I speak a little Greek, I’m tall, I’m surprisingly good at estimating how long it takes to do things, I play the guitar quite badly, I can touch type, I hold a teaching qualification, I’m vegetarian, I’m left handed. I don’t like people saying “decimate” when they really mean “devastate”.

Do you have any special talents you’d like to share?

My main talent is computer programming; although I’ve taught Microsoft Office and Adobe Photoshop, I’ve rarely taught programming – it seems that people can either program or they can’t – you need a mixture of persistence, patience and profanity(!) to program and not everyone can do it.

What accomplishments are you proud of?

I’ve written some successful programs over the years and a couple of books (both about programming), but, of course, being in the world of technology, these are fleeting successes. I’m pleased with my teaching of adults – many students arrived with very little knowledge of computing and they left to become office professionals.

What are your special goals or dreams?

Alas I’m too late for rock star (I had plans to join the Beatles or Queen which fell through!). I’m also unlikely to play cricket for England; these are my daydreams. One of my dreams actually came true – as a boy I met Eric Morecambe; probably Britain’s funniest comedian since the war and he was great. He appeared to be pleased to meet me, although I disturbed him having a cup of coffee.

How would you describe yourself or personality?

An optimist would call me a pessimist; I call myself a realist. I have some English characteristics; I like word play, I’m skeptical, I’m quiet, I like seeing things done well. I like using well-designed products. I like odd coincidences. I once worked with a lady called Jane Babbage who was a descendant of Charles Babbage who invented the computer – brilliant!

What brought you to WikiAnswers?

ISTR it was mentioned on a TV program in the UK (Click).

What keeps you coming back to WikiAnswers

It’s interesting looking at the recent questions. Often there will be a question that I half know the answer to – a recent one was “How many North and South Poles are there?” I remember on QI that there were a surprising number – and after a minute or so with Google I found the detail; the answer is seven (four north and three south) – that’s interesting to me.

What is your favorite WikiAnswers activity?

When I’m feeling particularly industrious, I’ll try and “clear” an area of questions. For example, I’ll search for questions containing the word “atheism” and try and provide answers for all of them. Obviously, this only works when there aren’t that many questions, and I actually know (or can find out) the answers.

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