This Tomato Vine Looks Like A Person -- Do You See It?
A photo of an unusual-looking tomato on the vine has surfaced, and it has taken the internet by storm. Take a look:
The photo was posted to Reddit by user AlwaysDefenestrated in October 2012 but has been catching a ton of attention recently. Some people think the tomato looks like an Ent from Lord of the Rings, while others say that it resembles Fiddlesticks from League of Legends. Personally, we think it looks a bit like Groot from Guardians of the Galaxy.
"Genius," wrote tidder112. "If you picked the wrong tomato at the wrong time, you would never have seen this."
AlwaysDefenestrated responded, naming the unusual fruit "MC 'mato foot" and saying that it is "looking for a record deal…trying to promote hip hop in the grocery-core community while expanding vegetable rights in the modern world."
For some reason, tomatoes can never seem to escape the limelight of controversy. We're still perplexed by the fruit-vegetable debate, of which this food has blurred the lines. Tomatoes are classified as a fruit, but did you know that they are taxed as vegetables?
Not long ago, a fruit importer brought a lawsuit to the U.S. Supreme Court, complaining that imported tomatoes are subject to a 10 percent vegetable import tax, even though the juicy, lycopene-packed food is scientifically considered a fruit, according to NPR.
In front of the justices, witnesses read dictionary definitions for "fruit," "vegetable," "tomato," "pea," cucumber," and many other potentially controversial fruits, vegetables and legumes.
However, the Supreme Court ultimately decided that science and daily life were at odds, saying that vegetables are "usually served at dinner in, with, or after the soup, fish, or meats ... and not, like fruits generally, as dessert." In other words, functionally-speaking, tomatoes are vegetables. More importantly, the importer was not relieved from paying the vegetable tariff on specimens like MC 'mato foot.