The Crazy News Guy

How Do You Say Tomato?

In europe, News, Spain, Tomatina Festival, Tomato Festival, Uncategorized, World on August 31, 2007 at 7:50 am

 Oh yes, it’s that time….

Time for….

The Crazy News:

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And interestingly enough, it’s also that time of the year again, when the world’s evening news-casts conclude with the chaotic scenes from Spain’s Tomatina festival. It’s usually puppies with love hearts in their fur, or crazy Aussie outback ‘bushies’ stuck up trees in croc infested swamps. But we just love watching scenes of half naked humans hurling firm and fresh tomatos across old cobbled European streets at each other, making the crazy world we live in not seem so crazy after all.

Or does it?

Regardless, heres some interesting facts….40,000 people gathered in the town of Bunol this week to hurl 115,000 kilograms of tomatoes at each other, all in the name of fun.

The festival dates back to 1945, when two people at a carnival in Bunol, just outside Valencia, reportedly began hurling tomatoes at each other in a heated argument, as you do.

The festival, which has officially been part of Spain’s national heritage since 2002, takes place on the final Wednesday in August, just thought I would let you know so you know when to book your tickets for next year.

Five massive truckloads of tomatoes were driven into the town’s main square at 11am, an hour earlier than usual in fact, to let the fun begin. Usually participants thoughtfully squeeze the fruit beforehand to soften it up. Like hell they do….

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  1. I actually think this would be a good substitute for war. Israelis on one side
    Palestinians on the other

    And….go!

  2. As always, in my country, Spain, we give a serious image lol
    Each year there comes much more people from outside Spain. The Major uses to recommend that you go with OLD swimwear, old clothes, so he doesn’t want troubles or someone saying that their clothes get dirty with tons of tomatoes.
    Today there is another party in Spain that is a war with flowers.

  3. Much more eco friendly than water balloon fights!! And as michael pointed out, far better than war!

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