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(BBC)   New hybrid TomTato plant grows both tomatoes and potatoes, totally confusing Dan Quayle   (bbc.co.uk) divider line 46
    More: Spiffy, Dan Quayle, TomTato, real interest, garden centre, tomatoes, potatoes, Royal Horticultural Society  
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2013-09-28 08:46:05 AM  
Murphy Brown called. She wants her Quayle joke back.
 
2013-09-28 09:35:31 AM  
That photo should have the Sham Wow guy shopped in.

/too lazy
 
2013-09-28 10:11:30 AM  
Uh, you graft a tomato onto a potato.  Not exactly rocket surgery here.
 
2013-09-28 10:20:17 AM  
Add some plutonium and get tomacco.
 
2013-09-28 11:29:21 AM  
Thanks for the nostalgia, Subby, and allowing me to return, for a little while, to a time when Dan Quayle was considered to be the dumbest politican who ever lived.

Oh, those innocent, halycon days before we knew of the existence of Sarah Palin, and before the Teabaggers came charging in.
 
2013-09-28 11:32:09 AM  

jbuist: Uh, you graft a tomato onto a potato.  Not exactly rocket surgery here.


Perhaps not

/but it's definitely plant surgery
 
2013-09-28 11:33:31 AM  
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2013-09-28 11:42:08 AM  
We agreed to call the whole thing off.
 
2013-09-28 11:46:49 AM  

Mangoose: Murphy Brown called. She wants her Quayle joke back.


She just called me and told me to tell you you're fired.
 
2013-09-28 12:13:39 PM  

MaudlinMutantMollusk: jbuist: Uh, you graft a tomato onto a potato.  Not exactly rocket surgery here.

Perhaps not

/but it's definitely plant surgery


Gnocchi ingredients, together at last!
 
2013-09-28 12:18:10 PM  
Gotta admit, I sat there for a few minutes trying to fathom why Dan Rather would care about this.
 
2013-09-28 12:20:40 PM  

jbuist: Uh, you graft a tomato onto a potato.  Not exactly rocket surgery here.


The trick has been to get it to produce well and taste the way people expect the products to taste. I might consider doing it if I move somewhere with limited gardening space.
 
2013-09-28 12:21:15 PM  
But still no word yet on the development of the tomeato.
 
2013-09-28 12:22:25 PM  
Maybe I'm nuts, but I seem to remember these things being sold in the back of gardening magazines in the 70's.

Or am I thinking of something else?
 
2013-09-28 12:33:45 PM  
The firm said the plants last for one season and by the time the tomatoes are ready for picking, the potatoes can be dug up.


As a gardener, that doesn't sound so great. here in MD I get numerous harvests from my tomato plants, usually right through into September. If I had to pull the plant up to get the potatoes I'd miss out on a lot of tomatoes and would be harvesting a bunch of immature ones. You can even see in the picture in TFA that many of the tomatoes are under ripe, or even green.

Better to plant two separate plants.
 
2013-09-28 12:47:58 PM  
What do you mean new? I remember those for sale 25 years ago.
 
2013-09-28 12:54:37 PM  

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I'm glad to see we have the important things covered already
 
2013-09-28 12:58:52 PM  
"Props to Mindy on the grab! BOOYAH!!"
 
2013-09-28 01:01:56 PM  

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I'm glad to see we have the important things covered already


It tastes like grandma.
 
2013-09-28 01:04:07 PM  

DeArmondVI: But still no word yet on the development of the tomeato.


Is that some kind of tomato-book crossbreed?
 
2013-09-28 01:09:42 PM  

mongbiohazard: The firm said the plants last for one season and by the time the tomatoes are ready for picking, the potatoes can be dug up.


As a gardener, that doesn't sound so great. here in MD I get numerous harvests from my tomato plants, usually right through into September. If I had to pull the plant up to get the potatoes I'd miss out on a lot of tomatoes and would be harvesting a bunch of immature ones. You can even see in the picture in TFA that many of the tomatoes are under ripe, or even green.

Better to plant two separate plants.


This is what happens when you get poser urban twit "gardeners" coming up with shiat.
 
2013-09-28 01:10:11 PM  

Mega Steve: DeArmondVI: But still no word yet on the development of the tomeato.

Is that some kind of tomato-book crossbreed?


It's the tomato/meat hybrid that Dilbert developed for the people of Elbonia (it was an episode from the TV series).
 
2013-09-28 01:11:33 PM  

MaudlinMutantMollusk: jbuist: Uh, you graft a tomato onto a potato.  Not exactly rocket surgery here.

Perhaps not

/but it's definitely plant surgery


But 'rocket' is a plant (at least in the UK).
 
2013-09-28 01:26:31 PM  

DeArmondVI: But still no word yet on the development of the tomeato.


I parsed this as a plant that produces both tomatoes and books.

/it was gonna be glorious
 
2013-09-28 01:26:41 PM  
So french fries made from that already comes with ketchup?

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2013-09-28 01:28:11 PM  

Mega Steve: DeArmondVI: But still no word yet on the development of the tomeato.

Is that some kind of tomato-book crossbreed?


and I see now that I'm not alone, and that I need to read whole threads before commenting.
 
2013-09-28 01:31:45 PM  
Used to do this joke where I'd exclaim "President Quayle!" and then I'd slap my face and scream like the Home Alone kid.

Joke's not so funny after 8 years of Shrubya.
 
2013-09-28 01:40:35 PM  

Major-General: What do you mean new? I remember those for sale 25 years ago.


Yeah. 
You get small potatoes & small tomatoes. Common sense. The plant is splitting energy between root/tube growth and fruit/blossom growth.
 
2013-09-28 01:42:03 PM  
Of course that should be, "TomTatoe."
 
2013-09-28 01:46:03 PM  
That's not a hybrid plant.  It's grafted.

There's a difference.
 
2013-09-28 01:53:37 PM  
Does it taste like grandma?
 
2013-09-28 02:04:10 PM  
I can grow meat, and the meat spits protein. Can I get a gubmint subsidy?
 
2013-09-28 02:42:43 PM  

jake_lex: Thanks for the nostalgia, Subby, and allowing me to return, for a little while, to a time when Dan Quayle was considered to be the dumbest politican who ever lived.

Oh, those innocent, halycon days before we knew of the existence of Sarah Palin, and before the Teabaggers came charging in.


Louie Gohmert with aspersions on his asparagus now takes the prize
 
2013-09-28 05:31:30 PM  

meat0918: That's not a hybrid plant.  It's grafted.

There's a difference.


came here to say that.  I work in an agricultural industry, and every time I hear people (in my industry) refer to grafted plants as hybrids, I want to choke them out while screaming "look what you made me do!".

/I might need therapy
 
2013-09-28 05:39:10 PM  
Years ago, in high school, I was taking a Horticulture Class. We did some Grafting.
One Kid Grafted 5 different colors of roses on one bush.
I did a 1/4 cut and put 4 fruits on the same base. Orange, Tangerine, Lemon and Lime.
I remember they had to be in the same Family.
 
2013-09-28 05:40:22 PM  

AmbassadorBooze: meat0918: That's not a hybrid plant.  It's grafted.

There's a difference.

came here to say that.  I work in an agricultural industry, and every time I hear people (in my industry) refer to grafted plants as hybrids, I want to choke them out while screaming "look what you made me do!".

/I might need therapy


Or strengthen your grip.
 
2013-09-28 06:03:46 PM  

Sid_6.7: Mangoose: Murphy Brown called. She wants her Quayle joke back.

She just called me and told me to tell you you're fired.


I didn't even interview for the job yet!
 
2013-09-28 06:20:20 PM  

artthehypnotist: Years ago, in high school, I was taking a Horticulture Class. We did some Grafting.
One Kid Grafted 5 different colors of roses on one bush.
I did a 1/4 cut and put 4 fruits on the same base. Orange, Tangerine, Lemon and Lime.
I remember they had to be in the same Family.


That is nifty. Seriously.

Botany 101 was a joy for me in college. I had no idea how plants worked.

This was me, every day in class:
xaharts.org

/ The foreground cat, not the Hitler cat
 
2013-09-28 06:33:39 PM  
Ripoff version called the PoMato in 5, 4, 3.....
 
2013-09-28 06:43:55 PM  

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Tomato tobacco grafts are possible, but don't produce nicotine filled tomatoes.
 
2013-09-28 07:24:12 PM  
A farkin Nobel prize, that's what it deserves.
 
2013-09-28 07:54:50 PM  
Fullmetal Alchemist did it

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2013-09-28 08:54:27 PM  

AmbassadorBooze: meat0918: That's not a hybrid plant.  It's grafted.

There's a difference.

came here to say that.  I work in an agricultural industry, and every time I hear people (in my industry) refer to grafted plants as hybrids, I want to choke them out while screaming "look what you made me do!".

/I might need therapy


What kills me is people that think Hybrid = GMO.

I had to explain that difference to a coworker, as well as open pollinated versus hybridized plants, and what "heirloom" plant is.

He was kinda upset heirloom is not actually a regulated term, because he saw someone selling heirloom hybrid tomatoes this year.

I suppose maybe if you take two heirlooms spend the time and energy to hybridize them properly, but still....
 
2013-09-28 11:06:47 PM  

meat0918: What kills me is people that think Hybrid = GMO.


In fairness, those people are retarded. GMO is a great new buzzword among the conspiracy nutballs, and most of them don't even know what it means.
 
2013-09-29 01:00:21 AM  
This plant can grow a lot more than potatoes and tomatoes.

It has strings beans and onions, cabbages and scallions, and all kinds of fruit and say.  It has old fashioned tomahtoes, and Long Island potahtoes.

But yes, it has no bananas.  It has no bananas today.
 
2013-09-29 02:49:59 AM  
No references to Gladishev's PATS?  Where my Russian lit biatches at?
 
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