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   xoxoxoBruce  Saturday Aug 29 12:57 AM

Aug 29, 2009: Tomatina

We can't let one of Undertoad's favorite festivals pass by without a peek.

Tens of thousands of revelers pelted each other with tons of ripe and over-ripe tomatoes at the annual “Tomatina” festival in Bunol, Spain, Wednesday.
The world’s biggest tomato fight attracted more than 40,000 people this year, town officials estimated. Revelers, some from as far away as Japan and Australia, filled the streets.

40,000 people, 100 tons of tomatoes, blah, blah, blah...
This is really what it's all about.

Come to think of it, isn't that what everything is about?


JuancoRocks  Saturday Aug 29 03:55 AM

“Tomatina” Stew

Gonna take a damn big kettle to cook all that up.

Water, fresh ground pepper, garlic, sweet basil, rosemary, savory, oregano etc.......

spudcon  Saturday Aug 29 10:15 AM

Don't forget to grind up the meat.

Saknussem  Saturday Aug 29 02:38 PM

35,000 idio . . . people
500 tons of tomatoes
1 ton oregano
3 tons garlic
all the parmesan there is
lots of ziti
Ziti Cannibala

Cloud  Saturday Aug 29 02:43 PM

you see any girls in that crowd?

ETA: Nevermind--I followed the link and say girls. I'm happy.

Clodfobble  Saturday Aug 29 03:17 PM

There's even one in Bruce's second picture, her face is just obscured by the dude's hand.

Cloud  Saturday Aug 29 03:39 PM

I dunno. that's just a person with a shirt on. and the legs look pretty hairy.

ETA: Oh, okay, the other person whose face is obscured. Didn't see her at all!

monster  Saturday Aug 29 07:59 PM


ZenGum  Saturday Aug 29 11:06 PM

Eeeeiiiiuuuwwww, Moooooonsteeeerr.

monster  Saturday Aug 29 11:15 PM


Kasszia  Sunday Aug 30 12:12 AM

Originally Posted by monster View Post
Shudder shudder

dar512  Sunday Aug 30 05:15 PM

Originally Posted by monster View Post
Never mind them, Mon. I thought it was funny.

Cloud  Sunday Aug 30 05:27 PM

but it looks like a monster. A gory, many legged monster. If you squint. and are high.

take my word for it.

uomo  Monday Aug 31 09:59 PM

What a waste...

I've always felt strongly about this specific culture tradition. I've always hated the "we do it because we can" attitude since it's backward and ignorant. Especially when across the channel in Africa are millions of hungry people. I'm sure patron saints, St. Louis Bertrand, supposedly what this tradition honors would feel loved and proud knowing over hundred metric tons of tomatoes are wasted every year in his name. People are stupid.

monster  Monday Aug 31 10:13 PM

Ma: Look at all this leftover food. Are there still starving children in Europe?
Baby: Try Southeast Asia, Ma.
Ma: Right.
Daddy: Robbie, Baby wants to send her leftover pot roast... to Southeast Asia, so anything you don't finish, wrap up.

monster  Monday Aug 31 10:17 PM

Are there tomatoes wasted? can you put a price on fun? Could they really be shipped to help the starving? I get a lot of inedible tomatoes off my vines, I'm really not sure shipping them to Detroit nevermind Africa would be a wise move. or appreciated. So we have fun with them.

But I appreciate your sentiment.

xoxoxoBruce  Tuesday Sep 1 01:12 AM

Originally Posted by uomo View Post
I've always hated the "we do it because we can" attitude since it's backward and ignorant. Especially when across the channel in Africa are millions of hungry people.
Yeah, and think of all the potable water wasted cleaning up... and the ruined clothing that could clothe naked people... and the wasted seeds that could grow enough tomatoes to make pizza for everybody in Africa.

SPUCK  Tuesday Sep 1 05:31 AM

Eh? I'm still with uomo. I think that is a huge conspicuous (and pathetic) waste.

Cloud  Tuesday Sep 1 09:30 AM

Anything that causes that many people to have that much fan can't be wasteful. Think of all the positive vibes they are sending out to the universe! We need more of that.

spudcon  Tuesday Sep 1 09:59 AM

But what about the children? Oh, the humanity!

Shawnee123  Tuesday Sep 1 10:05 AM

Oh my, seriously? They could switch to cans of Prego, perhaps, then ship the cans they threw and wallowed in to Somalia?

No one ever thinks of the sober people in third world countries, either. I see people throwing beer away because it's warm, mixed drinks because someone ashed in it, wine because it was sold before its time. What a waste.

xoxoxoBruce  Tuesday Sep 1 01:10 PM

Originally Posted by SPUCK View Post
Eh? I'm still with uomo. I think that is a huge conspicuous (and pathetic) waste.
It's a valid point, and you're certainly entitled take that view.
Same goes for uomo, although I'm troubled by him taking his dislike for what other people do with their stuff to the point of vitriol.

Meh, I guess one person's passion is another person's hate.
Oh by the way, welcome to the Cellar, uomo.

uomo  Tuesday Sep 15 03:10 AM

Hi Bruce. Thank you for welcoming me. Been reading up really interesting things at the cellar for years but never cared enough to say anything until Tomatina.

Wiki claimed that the tomatoes are over-ripe and I believe that. However, I also believe that the tradition will not survive unless the extra tourism was good for the local economy.

Vitriol? Einstein said it more politely I suppose.

Your reply here?

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