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Actually, I don't need help, I just use my LJ to vent.

Date: 2010-10-12 06:06 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
What sort of vegetable? Inquiring minds and all that :D

Date: 2010-10-12 06:16 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Potato, I think. Maybe mushroom.

Date: 2010-10-12 06:39 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I feel like a mushroom sometimes. Kept in the dark and fed poo....

Date: 2010-10-12 07:11 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
That's all good then, it's when you end up as a brussels sprout that things get a bit dicey.

Date: 2010-10-13 10:14 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I prefer whole brussel sprouts myself, though diced potatoes are pretty tasty ...

Date: 2010-10-12 06:19 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I'd be a parsnip if I were you.

Date: 2010-10-12 06:52 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Too bad a tomato is technically a fruit...


Ooh, look! a button!

Date: 2010-10-12 07:17 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
As may be, but it's also technically a vegetable. The distinction most people think of when they say tomatoes aren't vegetables is primarily cultural, with a bit of culinary meaning as well, and as such, not particularly amenable to a technical treatment. In the broad taxonomic sense of "animal, vegetable, or mineral?", tomatoes definitely qualify. :)

Re: Ooh, look! a button!

Date: 2010-10-12 07:52 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
How is it technically a vegetable? The commonly accepted definition of a fruit is a seed-bearing part of a plant. Parsnips and potatoes do not have seeds. Of course, neither do mushrooms, for the sake of argument...

Re: Ooh, look! a button!

Date: 2010-10-12 08:23 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
In the exact same sense that potatoes and carrots are tubers, and yet are also vegetables. That they belong to a refined sub-class doesn't deny them entry into the enclosing class.

Re: Ooh, look! a button!

Date: 2010-10-13 02:00 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
U. S. Supreme Court, Nix v. Hedden in 1893 challenged the Tariff Act of 1883. The tariff levied a tax on imported vegetables but not on fruit. The Nix family tomato vendors were suing to recover back duties paid under protest. The court decision declared tomatoes to be a vegetable (in common speech) for tax purposes.

Date: 2010-10-13 06:45 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I've maintained for years that the whole reason that the SCA mailing lists exist is so that people have someplace to vent. It's a relief valve on a pressure vessel...granted, most of those people are the ones representing the pressure.


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