Ripley's Believe It or Not by John Graziano

Ripley's Believe It or Not

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  1. TEMPLO S.U.D.

    TEMPLO S.U.D. said, over 2 years ago

    Thanks, Joe, for making such a tasty drink and for finding what every living organism breathes.

  2. SusanSunshine

    SusanSunshine GoComics PRO Member said, over 2 years ago

    Yeah yeah….
    deadly nightshade and potatoes….

    but also tomatoes and eggplants and peppers, hot and sweet…
    and tobacco, and petunias…
    and dozens… no hundreds of others…


    All in Solanaceae, the huge, diverse “nightshade family”… many sharing various toxic, and/or psychotropic alkaloids, in varying degrees…
    belladonna, nicotine, capsaicin, atropine… many more…


    Which is why you should cut away or peel any green parts of a potato,
    and never eat tobacco, or make salads with the leaves of your tomato plants.


    And why tomatoes aren’t any more to be called “fruit” than their closest relatives, peppers and eggplants.

  3. StelBel

    StelBel GoComics PRO Member said, over 2 years ago

    @SusanSunshine

    Duly noted, Ms. Sunshine.


    The tomato is NOT a fruit and will no longer appear in any dessert pies that I make. Ever.

  4. Laynegg

    Laynegg said, over 2 years ago

    @StelBel

    I love a good tomato pie with pepperoni and mushrooms and onion and green pepper and olives with lots of cheese!

  5. Simon_Jester

    Simon_Jester said, over 2 years ago

    @SusanSunshine

    Good little trivia question to spring on someone:
    “Which toxic plant has killed the most people?”
    Answer: Tobacco

  6. Simon_Jester

    Simon_Jester said, over 2 years ago

    In recognition of Mr. Priestly’s accomplishment, I would just like to say, ‘BURRRRRRRRRRRRRPPPPP!’

  7. moe_the_cat

    moe_the_cat said, over 2 years ago

    The old joke of course is “what did we breathe before he discovered Oxygen?”

  8. Bob

    Bob GoComics PRO Member said, over 2 years ago

    @moe_the_cat

    Mostly nitrogen.

  9. Night-Gaunt49

    Night-Gaunt49 GoComics PRO Member said, over 2 years ago

    @moe_the_cat

    Trick question we didn’t need to know it to use it.

  10. Tom Flapwell

    Tom Flapwell said, over 2 years ago

    I picture anthropomorphic iguanas trading salt back in the days when it was worth a fortune.

  11. Ag8O'SulMada

    Ag8O'SulMada said, over 2 years ago

    Priestley called carbonating water, “Impregnating Water with Fixed Air.” He thought soda water would help sailors avoid scurvy. Johan Jacob Schweppe took his idea for carbonating water, and today we have Schweppe’s Club Soda. Much later, Dr. John Pemberton of Atlanta, Georgia, thought his syrup from coca beans and kola nuts would cure every disease; he hadn’t expected it to become a carbonated beverage we know today as Coca Cola.

  12. Meh~tdology

    Meh~tdology said, over 2 years ago

    When potatoes were first introduced to the court of Elizabeth the First in England, the cooks didn’t know how to prepare them, so they away the tubers and boiled the green. Everyone who ate them became quite sick and the potato was subsequently banned from the court.

  13. Night-Gaunt49

    Night-Gaunt49 GoComics PRO Member said, over 2 years ago

    @Meh~tdology

    Took about two centuries after the potato was brought back from the Americas to be used by Europeans.

  14. Paul A. Allee, Jr.

    Paul A. Allee, Jr. GoComics PRO Member said, over 2 years ago

    Tried to link this cartoon to FaceBook and got the wrong cartoon. Got 5/18/2014 instead of 5/19/2014!

  15. John W Kennedy

    John W Kennedy GoComics PRO Member said, over 2 years ago

    Yes, just to keep this clear, there was an old court case that said that tomatoes are “vegetables”, not “fruits”, for tax purposes. Biologically, they are absolutely, positively fruits.

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