1. Post #1
    itty-bitty pretty kitty
    Dennab
    September 2008
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    New research published in Nature suggests that the very same meteor that crashed into Earth 60 - 70 million years ago—the one responsible for wiping out all the dinosaurs—may also be responsible for the red color of today's tomatoes.

    Parsing Nature's tomato genome analysis, PhysOrg reports that about the same time as the meteorite crash and the solar eclipse, the distant ancestor of the tomato plant tripled in size—an drastic and important response, as it is indicative of stressful growth conditions for plant life at that time.

    The ancestor tomato, explains Rene Klein Lankhorst, "reacted by expanding its genome considerably in order to increase its chances of survival." When conditions on Earth improved again, explains PhysOrg, this ancestor of the plant got rid of a lot of genetic ballast, "but the genetic base for fruit formation had already been developed," including the tomato's signature red hue.

    One nagging question remains: What color were tomatoes originally, in the dinosaur days?
    Source: http://gizmodo.com/5917046/what-colo...saurs-all-died
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  2. Post #2
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    Dennab
    July 2009
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    I bet it was shit brown.
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  3. Post #3
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    Answering the important questions.
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    August 2008
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    Now, I may be reading too far into this but...

    So they started as a vegetable and became a fruit?



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    "Hey guys, I like what you're doing with the place, but um, I just have some small criticisms. See, um, I was thinking that maybe we could have tomatoes be a different color. Y'know, maybe red? I'm picturing it, and golly gosh, it'd be just fabulous~!"
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    green.
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  7. Post #7
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    I want blue tomatoes now.
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  8. Post #8
    Positive energy is space expanding, negative energy is space contracting. Or reverse?
    onebit's Avatar
    July 2005
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    Yellow.
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  9. Post #9
    I do it all
    fruxodaily's Avatar
    November 2010
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    Bright pink
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  10. Post #10
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    November 2005
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    Red.
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    "The superior man understands what is right; the inferior man understands what will sell"
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    Rainbow.
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  12. Post #12
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    December 2010
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    Probably yellow.
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  13. Post #13
    Dennab
    December 2009
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    Obviously they were plaid.


    Just kidding.

    We all know that they were grey, since, strictly speaking, tomatoes are really a kind of dolphin.
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    April 2009
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    I would have said green too but wouldn't it make sense to turn green in times of low light? The growing of the fruit also suggests it changed in response to the animal population.
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    November 2010
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    blueish yellow
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    Obviously they were plaid.
    That's ludicrous.
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    December 2010
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    recently there was an article about dinasours and an excessive amount of methane being released by the giant creatures.. wouldn't methane accelerate the tomato color from green to ripe/red?
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    No dinosaur was left alive that day, as the Tomat clan hunted them down and slew them all with a great fury, and the sons and daughters of those tomatoes ran red with their blood until the end of time itself.
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    August 2005
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    They where red!
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    November 2010
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    No dinosaur was left alive that day, as the Tomat clan hunted them down and slew them all with a great fury, and the sons and daughters of those tomatoes ran red with their blood until the end of time itself.
    I choose to believe this.
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  21. Post #21
    Quq

    December 2010
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    Now, I may be reading too far into this but...

    So they started as a vegetable and became a fruit?



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    tomatoes are still vegetables
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    I can't think of a good title.
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    May 2010
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    Knowing everything else in the time of the dinosaurs, it as probably as big as a house and wanted to murder everything around it.
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    December 2005
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    Better question would be: what was the color of dinosaur shit? Was it green or yellow? High in corn content or lacking in nuts?
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    tomatoes are still vegetables
    Tomatoes are technically berries.
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    Title sounds like physics exams for me
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  26. Post #26
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    February 2005
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    tomatoes are still vegetables
    Tomatos are prepared like vegetables, but from a botanical point of view they are a fruit, just like pumpkins, cucumbers, corn (Technically), peppers.

    As a general rule of thumb you can just say that if it has seeds in it, then its a fruit.

    Also I have also found interesting that a lot of the fruits we eat today used to be different colours, like between 1000-1600AD, carrots were mostly red, yellow and purple coloured.
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  27. Post #27
    Quq

    December 2010
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    Tomatos are prepared like vegetables, but from a botanical point of view they are a fruit, just like pumpkins, cucumbers, corn (Technically), peppers.
    there's no strict biological definition of what a vegetable is, and from a culinary point of view tomatoes completely fit in. they're both a fruit and a vegetable
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    At first they were some other color and then the dinosaurs died and painted the tomatoes red with their blood!

  29. Post #29
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    The tomatoes picked up alien bacteria from the meteorite and since then have been biding their time, watching us, until the day when they reveal themselves as sentient beings and take over the Earth.
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    November 2008
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    Glad this is important to some......
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  31. Post #31
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    Tomatoes were probably green or white like everything else during the Maastrichtian. If you look at the modern survivors that were around during the K/Pg extinction, they're not very colorful plants, no bees or major pollinators to attract at the time.
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  32. Post #32
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    January 2008
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    There were no tomatoes, they were invented by the Illuminati
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    November 2007
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    Tomatoes are technically berries.
    No they are horses.
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  34. Post #34
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    December 2007
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    there's no strict biological definition of what a vegetable is, and from a culinary point of view tomatoes completely fit in. they're both a fruit and a vegetable
    A vegetable is a part of any vegetation's body which does not contain seeds. A leaf of lettuce is a vegetable, it is just a part of the lettuce plant's body.

    A fruit is a part of a vegetation's body which contains seeds. Therefore, a tomato is a vegetable; just because we as a culture pair tomatoes with vegetables doesn't make them one.
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  35. Post #35
    [B][URL="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tacos"]Tacos![/URL][/B]
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    April 2008
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    Wait wasn't there an article proving that an asteroid didn't kill off the dinosaurs? That it was a series of events rather than one catastrophic event?
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  36. Post #36
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    June 2006
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    Isn't it a bit silly to ask what colour tomatoes are in general because there's so many variations of tomatoes that we can't possibly say it has 1 specific colour?

  37. Post #37
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    January 2005
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    Wait, so there were tomatoes in the time of the dinosaurs?!?!?

    You know what this means? Dinosaurs ate pizza!

  38. Post #38
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    November 2010
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    Are we really having a discussion of how a tomato used to look? Jesus Facepunch, we are dumb
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    October 2010
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    there's no strict biological definition of what a vegetable is, and from a culinary point of view tomatoes completely fit in. they're both a fruit and a vegetable
    You sad, sad little man
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  40. Post #40
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    April 2006
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    there's no strict biological definition of what a vegetable is, and from a culinary point of view tomatoes completely fit in. they're both a fruit and a vegetable
    No, tomatoes are fruit! Stop arguing established facts of something that was around long before you.