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mheredgemheredge TeacherHere and therePosts: 31,085 mod
edited August 2017 in Archived News 2017
Amid Soaring Produce Prices, Indian City Launches “State Bank of Tomato”

Tomatoes’ soaring market value has sparked government protests, tomato thefts, and even the opening of the “State Bank of Tomato” where families can safely store the precious red fruits.

http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/amidst-soaring-produce-prices-indian-city-launches-state-bank-tomato-180964319/#Ydjp3CdMmIZh7F5A.99




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  • GemmaRowlandsGemmaRowlands Moderator Posts: 6,718 mod
    mheredge said:

    Amid Soaring Produce Prices, Indian City Launches “State Bank of Tomato”

    Tomatoes’ soaring market value has sparked government protests, tomato thefts, and even the opening of the “State Bank of Tomato” where families can safely store the precious red fruits.

    http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/amidst-soaring-produce-prices-indian-city-launches-state-bank-tomato-180964319/#Ydjp3CdMmIZh7F5A.99




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    That is certainly a very funny story. There are so many tomatoes here at the moment, I think I would be rich if I lived in India! Perhaps I should move!
  • LynneLynne Teach HomePosts: 9,880 mod
    edited August 2017
    Awesome story @mheredge. At least tomatoes are difficult to forge. Are there different denominations for yellow / green / small / large ones.

    http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/magazines/panache/state-bank-of-tomato-can-a-tomato-bank-really-bear-fruit/articleshow/59975884.cms
  • Practical_SeverardPractical_Severard Posts: 900 ✭✭✭
    edited August 2017
    > @mheredge said:
    ... store the precious red fruits.
    >
    Having read this, I was suprised that tomatoes were called fruits. I was used to think the tomato was a veg. So, I've checked it up - the tomato is a fruit botanically, more specifically - a berry, while for cooking purposes it's classified as a veg because of its savoury (instead of sweet) taste.
  • PaulettePaulette Posts: 11,067 mod
    edited August 2017
    http://metro.co.uk/2017/08/08/broken-dog-really-doesnt-want-to-leave-the-park-6836112/

    When you’re a dog, there are two priorities in life: 1.Who’s going to feed me and 2. who lets me out for a walk?
    Walking and food are number 1 and 2 on their list of things to do. But what is its most priority: when they walk and see food?
    So what happens when you try to deprive them one of those things? Isn't it a little surprised that they might get a bit contrary

    A dog in Sydney, Australia, appeared to have a tantrum of his own when his owner decided it was time to leave the park.
    He was walking at Burleigh Hill on Queensland’s Gold Coast when he lay down in the middle of the path and refused to leave.
    Initially his owner tried to coax him along by dragging him before letting him off the lead in front of a large crowd of people watching.

    I think the dog needed time to make a decision as to choose one of both things: gets I food of the audience or get I for a further walk with my boss!
  • GemmaRowlandsGemmaRowlands Moderator Posts: 6,718 mod

    > @mheredge said:

    ... store the precious red fruits.

    >

    Having read this, I was suprised that tomatoes were called fruits. I was used to think the tomato was a veg. So, I've checked it up - the tomato is a fruit botanically, more specifically - a berry, while for cooking purposes it's classified as a veg because of its savoury (instead of sweet) taste.

    It's a common misconception. Though I think that tomatoes do taste quite sweet. Some variations do, anyway. But yes, they're used more as vegetables than fruits.
  • jackelliotjackelliot Posts: 820 OTT
    beavers coming back into Scotland is fun

    http://jackelliot.over-blog.com/2017/08/beavers.html
  • HermineHermine Moderator Posts: 6,955 mod
    Iˋm reall not sure if the article in the latest local newspaper issue wasnˋt that funny.

    It said that even farmers especially their wives are suffering under burn outs. The men, the farmers, like having a beer and fuddle the symdoms. Whereas their wives donˋt do this and suffer.

    What do you think? That was the last species, so I thought, who was spared of this modern desea
  • mheredgemheredge Teacher Here and therePosts: 31,085 mod
    I guess anyone can burn out @Hermine, if they are stressed by their work. Men might hide the symptoms in a mug of beer, but maybe their wives should join them!
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