Friday, February 16, 2007

Day 36: Something unusual at the usual stuff

Now this was really surprising: did you happen to know that the plant ‘tomacco’, mentioned as a core part of the plot in "The Simpsons'" 'E-I-E-I (Annoyed Grunt)' episode, has actually been created?

According to Wikipedia, “A tomacco is originally a fictional hybrid fruit that is half tomato and half tobacco, from the 1999 episode "E-I-E-I-(Annoyed Grunt)" of The Simpsons; the method used to create the tomacco in the episode is fictional. The tomacco became real when it was allegedly produced in 2003. The tomacco is one of the few made-up words in The Simpsons that resulted in real life application.” Also, it is noted that: “In the Simpsons' episode, the tomacco was accidentally created by Homer Simpson when he "planted a little bit of everything" and fertilized his tomato and tobacco fields with plutonium. The result is a tomato that apparently has a dried, gray tobacco center, and, although being described as tasting terrible by many characters (Ralph Wiggum: "Eww, Daddy, this tastes like Grandma!"), is also immediately and powerfully addictive. The creation is promptly labeled "Tomacco" by Homer and sold in large quantities to unsuspecting passers by.”

The interesting thing starts when “In 2003, inspired by The Simpsons, Rob Baur of Lake Oswego, Oregon successfully grafted a tomato plant onto the roots of a tobacco plant, which was possible because both plants come from the same family, Solanaceae or nightshade, and furthermore both plants are dicotyledons. (It is not possible to graft monocotyledons, because the xylem and the phloem are distributed in bundles throughout the stem, and therefore it is impossible to align the vascular tissues of the two plants.)
The plant produced fruit that looked like a normal tomato, but Baur suspected that it contained a lethal amount of nicotine and thus would be inedible. Testing later proved that the leaves of the plant contained some nicotine. The world's first tomacco fruit, destroyed in the testing process, contained no nicotine. The second tomacco fruit was given to a Simpsons writer. The third was sold on eBay and the fourth was eaten by a Xerox engineer who suffered no apparent ill effects from the fruit. The Tomacco plant bore fruit until it died in October due to weather-related causes at the ripe age of 18 months, having spent the previous winter indoors.”

Obviously, you can learn more about this in the following address: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tomacco, where this information was taken from.

I don’t usually copy for my blog, but I found this hilariously interesting. You can also check some really interesting stuff about avocado and chocolate. Did you know they may result harmful to pets? Check it up and have some fun!

P.S. We don’t intend to infringe any copyright laws, and we hope we haven't.

6 comments:

Jingoistic said...

Now that is interesting!

And btw, it's not copyright infringement since you did quote from the source (and gave due credit).

Axel said...

Tomacco, sounds like smoking Rivotril, or herbal tea.

Axel said...

Or try out avocado as a conditioner for your hair.

Crashdummie said...

Omg that is so wicked! Then again, The Simpsons have been a great inspiraton for my life to... d'oh! ;)

Cheers!

Miao said...

I've never watched a single episode of Simpsons in my lifetime. I had a deprived childhood.

the usual stuff said...

Jingoistic: Thanks a lot for easing my conscience.

Axel: you should hear some names we've got for herbal teas in Mexico.

Crashdummie: The Simpsons changed my view of my family. We're regular, compared to them. Ja!

Miao: They are now available on DVD. If they cannot be found in your country, let me know and we'll see what can be done for you, and I mean it.