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The Popular Pickle

There is so much to love about this video, from the whimsical music which makes it seem as if the cucumbers are just going on holiday, instead of being wrenched from their happy fields and families, then sliced and seasoned for consumption by monstrous hairless apes, to the very phrase "pickle packer." The one omission, understandable in light of 1950s' reticence, is no mention of the cucumber as sex toy.
Posted By: Paul | Date: Fri Apr 10, 2015 | Comments (4)
Category: Regionalism, Advertising, Industry, Factories and Manufacturing, Farming, Vegetables, 1950's

Peas mean something

In 1904, this young lady was dismissed as "demented." Today she might be recognized as a great performance artist.

Quietly entering the offices of various city officials this morning, a young lady about twenty-five years of age, neatly and attractively gowned in green, opened a paper bag of dried peas, threw a handful on the floor and left after making the statement, "Peas mean something." Later she went to the court house and repeated the act in the offices of Clerk of Courts Fred Badger and Sheriff M.J. Rounds.

Oshkosh Daily Northwestern - Apr 12, 1904
Posted By: Alex | Date: Sun Jan 25, 2015 | Comments (10)
Category: Food, Vegetables, 1900's

Follies of the Madmen #227


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Yes, our product is number one among insane vegan fashionistas!

From Woman's Day for April 1962.
Posted By: Paul | Date: Mon Aug 18, 2014 | Comments (6)
Category: Business, Advertising, Products, Fashion, Vegetables, 1960's

Mr. Q. Cumber


Some WU-vie sample this and tell me what it tastes like, please. I myself am scared to try.
Posted By: Paul | Date: Thu Apr 17, 2014 | Comments (21)
Category: Soda, Pop, Soft Drinks and other Non-Alcoholic Beverages, Vegetables

Exploding Artichokes

A woman in Milan, Italy was cutting into an artichoke, when it exploded. The explosion doesn't seem to have injured her, but it left the artichoke "damaged and burnt."

Police have ruled out any kind of artichoke-themed terrorism, theorizing instead that fertilizers on the vegetable may have caused an explosive chemical reaction.

Strangely, this is just the latest in a series of exploding artichokes that have gone off in Italy. Previous incidents occurred in 2003 and 2008. []
Posted By: Alex | Date: Tue Jan 07, 2014 | Comments (8)
Category: Food, Vegetables

Petrified Potato Art

As a follow-up to my prior immortal potato post, here's Dave McConkey who claims to have found a way to petrify potatoes, and he then makes works of art out of these perma-potatoes. I'd be curious to know what exactly his process involves, but I doubt it's actual petrification, since soft tissue doesn't petrify (as far as I know).

If you want to delve deeper into the mystery of petrified potatoes, check out the Potato Rock Museum, which describes itself as being "all about the search for the elusive 'Potato, Rock' or the 'Petrified Potato' or the Per Mineralized Potato."
Posted By: Alex | Date: Sat Jul 06, 2013 | Comments (5)
Category: Art, Vegetables

Historic Explosions in Cauliflower

By artist Brock Davis who, based on his other projects, likes to play with his food.

Space Shuttle Challenger


Posted By: Alex | Date: Thu Dec 06, 2012 | Comments (2)
Category: Art, Food, Vegetables

Onion As Weather Forecaster

No, we are not talking about the brilliant humor publication, The Onion. Rather, we are interested in this bizarre bit of folk wisdom:


Here's another account, whose hero is depicted below, with greater details as to the proper procedure.


How long has this been going on? At least seventy years, as we can see from this account.


Has anyone ever heard of this before, or know of the origin of the practice?
Posted By: Paul | Date: Tue Sep 25, 2012 | Comments (9)
Category: Agriculture, Regionalism, Superstition, Vegetables


Vegeterrible from The Animation Workshop on Vimeo.

That's a mighty big fridge interior.
Posted By: Paul | Date: Fri Jul 20, 2012 | Comments (5)
Category: Anthropomorphism, Horror, Vegetables, Cartoons

Call Any Vegetable

I just relistened to Frank Zappa's 1971 album, Live at the Fillmore East, or, Freaks & Motherfu*#@%! for the first time in about 40 years, and marveled again at the visionary talents of this supreme musical weirdo. Of course, Zappa died too young at age 52, and we were deprived of many potential years of his music.

I thought this vegetable song might somewhat counterbalance all the bacon and meat talk on WU.
Posted By: Paul | Date: Fri Feb 17, 2012 | Comments (8)
Category: Anthropomorphism, Food, Vegetables, Humor, Surrealism, Bohemians, Beatniks, Hippies and Slackers, 1970's
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