View Full Version : Simpson-Science "The Tomacco" a Reality!!

11-13-2003, 07:17 PM
Ok, this is just weird. Who knew that something that was a silly as hell episode of the Simpsons could actually bear fruit. But it has, someone has sucessfully crossed the 'Love Apple' with the Nicotene Plant. Scary, Simpsons-Science can no longer be considered pseudo science. :)

LOS ANGELES (Zap2it.com) - To the best of our knowledge, no confectioner has yet tried to market Nuts and Gum, as seen in a 1994 episode of "The Simpsons."

Someone has, however, successfully combined a tomato plant and a tobacco plant. It's true: Tomacco isn't just for Homer anymore.

Rob Baur, an operations analyst for a wastewater-treatment plant who lives in Lake Oswego, Ore., says he grafted a tomato plant onto tobacco roots to produce the tomacco plant. In the 1999 episode of "The Simpsons" on which his experiment was based, Homer, fleeing a duel with a Southern gentleman, creates the foul-tasting but addictive plant by irradiating a field with plutonium.

Baur says he got his tomacco plant to bear fruit, but he thinks it probably contained a lethal amount of nicotine, so he didn't taste it.

"I've got this one plant growing, and it's blooming again," he tells Wired News. "I accidentally left the tomacco on the kitchen table, and my wife yelled at me, 'Get that thing out of the kitchen, you knucklehead!' ... It looks like a regular tomato."

Tomato and tobacco plants are genetically related, which allows them to be grafted onto one another. Baur took the plant to a lab to see if his experiment was, in fact, a success, and tests showed its leaves contained nicotine. The fruit wasn't tested.

Baur's experiment didn't go over too big with his family, but he's confident he'll be vindicated.

"We'll see who's saying 'D'oh!' when I'm on the cover of TV Guide and Scientific American the same week," he says.

Jar Jar Binks

11-13-2003, 07:35 PM
chief wiggum and i will wait for the mince meat pie with tomacco. :crazed:

so, does this guy have wild farm animals busting his door down?

James Boba Fettfield
11-13-2003, 07:58 PM
Jedi Master Guyute has, or had, a link that led to a video of a news story about this very thing with pictures of the plants and all.

11-13-2003, 08:05 PM
Where is JMG when you need him. Cause this is so freaky, I want to see the video and pictures. :D


Jar Jar Binks

Exhaust Port
11-13-2003, 09:37 PM
I read this a few days ago and couldn't help but laugh. The Simpsons have gotten to a point where they are generating interest in plant gene development. :D I wonder if his fields glowed at night as well?

Lowly Bantha Cleaner
11-13-2003, 10:38 PM
Yes, but I wonder after you eat the tomacco, will it stain your teeth or clean it?

11-14-2003, 01:16 AM
Just waiting for some stoner to try to cross marijauna and tomatoes as well. :p

11-14-2003, 09:31 AM
Just waiting for some stoner to try to cross marijauna and tomatoes as well. :pYea then he'll cut himself with a knife to see if he bleeds rainbows.:D

11-14-2003, 09:57 AM
It doesn't work :D TRUST me...

But if it did, would ya call them "potatoes"
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11-14-2003, 10:45 AM
Actually, I believe cannabis and the tomato plant are related.

11-14-2003, 11:18 AM
Well well well. Whatcan you say. I cant believe someone actually did that. You think scienece could be put to better use than making some odd hybrid of tomatoes and such.

11-14-2003, 02:05 PM
It is really not surprising that this particular episode of The Simpsons inspired someone to give the thing a try. People have always fiddled around with plants, sometimes with less than ideal results. I once worked with a guy who did a lot of vegetable gardening, primarily tomatoes, onions, peppers, etc. used in Tex-Mex cooking. Well, one day he and some friends get the idea to cross-pollenate jalepeno and watermellon plants which were in flower at the same time. The result (via the watermellon plant) was a very mellon with a decidedly acidic fruit! Needless to say, the jalapenomellon was far less sucessful!

11-14-2003, 05:19 PM
This is as usefull as the scientist developed mouse that changes skin colour depending on what food it eats, or the theory that special chocolate can make somebody invisible to radar, or the scientist who'd decided that considering kids can't eat with forks anymore and won't eat peas because they can't get them to stay on the fork, the best thing to do is grow giant peas that a kid can just spear. potato sized peas. Yup, that'll get kids eating peas fer sure..... :rolleyes:

11-14-2003, 08:40 PM
this is awesome... and scary...

11-14-2003, 08:43 PM
I'd line up for those potato sized peas ;)

Pretty interesting,I figured someone would do this.Now,why would you want a Tomato and Tobacco plant in the same fold?Cuts down on garden space I suppose:crazed: