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These are the coolest Simpsons facts that you will ever find. From the weird through to the outright awesome, this amazing and unforgettable list of Simpsons facts are the best that you will ever encounter.
1 Tomacco From The Simpsons Has Been Grown
In a classic episode from The Simpsons Homer tries to grow tomatoes and tobacco but fails. He decides to plant a plutonium rod in between the two growing plants to encourage them to grow. What happens next is surprising. The two plants merge into a new plant the looks like a tomato, but tastes foul and is extremely addictive because it contains nicotine. Homer decides to call his plant tomacco.
What you might not know is that it is possible to grow this plant, and further more it has been grown twice. The reason that the plant can be grown is because both the tomato and tobacco plant come from the same plant family that also includes eggplant and the deadly nightshade. The first successful attempt occurred in 1959 when an American scientist grafted a tomato plant to the top of a tobacco plant. As the roots of the tobacco plant produce the nicotine the tomato section of the plant also contained nicotine.
In 2003 a Simpsons fan decided to try this himself. He grew two plants side by side and cut both stems open. He then tied them together until they fused. Next he cut off the tomato root so the only tobacco root was supplying the nutrients to the plant. The creator of tomacco decided not to taste his creation as he was unsure how much nicotine the fruit contained. You only need 50 to 60 milligrams of nicotine for a fatal dose.