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Leave it to an Oregonian to create Tomacco

Only somebody from Lake Oswego would try something like this [ducking to avoid the onslaught of crap thrown at me from Valley-based blogs]

Rob Baur of Lake Oswego, Oregon, dreamed of bringing to life his favorite The Simpsons episode, one from 1999 in which Homer grows "tomacco," a combination tomato-tobacco plant. Even though it tastes foul and has a brown, gooey center, the entire town becomes addicted to the fruit after one bite, and Homer gets rich.

Baur grafted a tomato plant onto tobacco roots, and voil?, he had a real, live tomacco plant. The two plants can successfully become one because they come from the same plant family, which also includes eggplant and the deadly nightshade. The tomacco even bore fruit, although Baur said he believes it's poisonous because it likely contains a lethal amount of nicotine.

If you've never seen the episode referred to, you live in a hole ;-). Otherwise, check out this full run down from the Simpson's Archive.

Posted by Jake on 11/11/03 @ 11:32 AM
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