Tomato Times

This blog documents the Tomato War and all other Tomato and Fluxus related topics. Published by Nobody Press. Directed by Litsa Spathi.

Saturday, September 30, 2006

Tomatoes for Ptomaine

Ptomaine made a performance with the new set of Fluxus Symbols. He published a wonderfull video on the site. He just forgot the Tomatoes, so we added the tomatoes....

The Chinese Latern.

Thursday, September 28, 2006

Nothing but red for Allan

A red circle for Allan Revich - A fluxus collage by Litsa Spathi.

Wednesday, September 27, 2006

Tomato Congress

This congress is held in Breda, Netherlands, to formulate an advice for Litsa Spathi. She will be travelling to the Oracle of Delphi in Greece soon, where she hopes to ask the right question. What will be the answer of the Oracle about the Tomato War?

Modern uses of tomatoes

(source: Wikipedia)

Tomatoes on a vine

Tomatoes are now eaten freely throughout the world, although their seeds cannot be digested and pass straight through human intestines. Today, their consumption is believed to benefit the heart. Lycopene, one of nature's most powerful antioxidants, is present in tomatoes and has been found to be beneficial in preventing prostate cancer, among other things.
Botanically a fruit, the tomato is nutritionally categorized as a vegetable (see below). Since "vegetable" is not a botanical term, there is no contradiction in a plant part being a fruit botanically while still being considered a vegetable.
Tomatoes are used extensively in Mediterranean and Middle Eastern cuisines, especially Italian ones. The tomato has an acidic property that is used to bring out other flavors. This same acidity makes tomatoes especially easy to preserve in home canning as tomato sauce or paste. The first to commercially can tomatoes was Harrison Woodhull Crosby in Jamesburg, New Jersey. Tomato juice is often canned and sold as a beverage. Unripe green tomatoes can also be used to make salsa, be breaded and fried, or pickled.
The town of Buñol, Spain, annually celebrates La Tomatina, a festival centered on an enormous tomato fight. Tomatoes are also a popular "non-lethal" throwing weapon in mass protests; and there is a common tradition of throwing rotten tomatoes at bad actors or singers on a stage, although this tradition is more symbolic as of today.
Known for its tomato growth and production, the Mexican state of Sinaloa takes the tomato as its symbol


..typical for the Patatoe-man is that he is allergic for Tomatoes. You can see this specifically by his teeth and mouth. Now we are sitting and wating. What will the Fluxus Queen do...

Monday, September 25, 2006

(c) 2006 by Google

Found in Alta Vista

ZOEKEN: Wereldwijd Nederland
RESULTATEN IN: Alle talen Engels, Nederlands

AltaVista heeft 236 resultaten gevonden Fluxlist... ...New strategies in the tomato-war. After the little incident with the "nuts ... the first World-Tomato-war in Fluxus. Integrates fluxus Poetry by Litsa Spathi with Tomatoes worldwide ... Meer pagina's van

The Walnuts atack Baby Tomatoes

The historical photo. 13 Tomato-children lying out there. Murdered. The Walnuts who did it are just watching how they bleed. This was the moment that the Tomato War intensified. Things heatened up. Walnuts, Chickens, and even our own Patatoes, they all started to attack the Tomatoes.

Our Family-roots


Capsicum spp.; Chilies, Pepper
Lycopersicon esculentum Mill.; Tomato
Physalis spp.; Husk Tomato, Cape Gooseberry
Solanum melongena L.; Eggplant, Brinjal
Solanum muricatum Ait.; Pepino
Solanum tuberosum L.: Potato

Red Tomato with red circle

A red circle with a tomato in it. Isn't that a nice way to see things. This photo was published on the Fluxlist but it wasn't loved that much by the enemies

Our History


Wild type tomato species are thought to be native the region of western South America and specifically in the dry coastal desert of Peru. First historical reference in Europe to the tomato was a yellow fruited type in Italy in 1544, cultivation in Germany in 1553. The Italians may have acquired it from the Turks. The tomato may have first been grown in Spain then taken to Italy where it was called "pomi d'oro" or golden apple, because of its yellow color. The French called it "poma amaris" or apple of love. The American Indians used the name "tomatl." The tomato was not very popular until the 18th century mainly because of rumors that had labeled it as a poisonous fruit. It is suggested that certain famines during this century forced people to try this plant, because by the middle of the century the tomato was much more popular. The tomato was introduced into the United States in 1710. By 1779 it was used in catsup in New Orleans. Thomas Jefferson grew tomatoes in Virginia. But as late as 1900 the tomato was still considered poisonous. George Washington Carver was known for standing in front of crowds and eating tomatoes, trying to introduce tomatoes into the diet. The tomato originated in South America due to the wild species found from Ecuador to Chile. This means the tomato traveled from South America to Europe before arriving in the United States. L. esculentum is probably derived from Lycopersicon pimpinellifolium which is indigenous to Peru and Ecuador. L. esculentum var. cerasiforme (cherry tomato) is considered a wild plant in the tropics and subtropics. There is also evidence that tomatoes originated in Mexico. These tomatoes show a great diversity in size and shape and include all color types known which are pink, red, and yellow. The cherry tomato is widely used in Mexico and has many Indiana names. The Nah uatl language of Mexico used the name "tomatl" which has followed the plant through Europe and South America. Mexico would be a logical origin since Cortez conquered Mexico in 1519, tomatoes could have easily found their way to Italy by 1544. There are still arguments as to the origin of the tomato.

Weather Forecast

The weather we predict today isn't the best you would like it to be. Because the enemy placed some strange machines near our borders, later this evening we might get some Tomato Rain. Our troops are on their way to remove these machines so we expect better weather next day.

How the Tomato War started

As participant on the fluxlist blog ( Litsa Spathi (alias Nobody)contributed lots of texts and visuals for this online platform. In September 2006 she posted a digital image with on it a tomato. Several days later Alan Revich, another participant on the fluxlist, copied this image, changed it and placed it again on the fluxlist. The Tomato War was started with this small incident. Red circles with nothing in it versus Tomatos with something in it. At first the publications were mild. But as any war, things got out of hand.

Sunday, September 24, 2006

Amazon Queen comes with her Troops

(c) 2006 Fluxus Collage by Litsa Spathi

Google catches up in the Tomato War

FluxlistThe Fluxus Heidelberg Center is closely watching how the war develops. We will publish a booklet about the TOMATO WAR. Only when the peace has been signed ... - 68k - 23 sept 2006 - In cache - Gelijkwaardige pagina's

YouTube - Broadcast Yourself.Video made by Litsa Spathi and Ruud Janssen as a result of the start of the first World-Tomato-war in Fluxus. Integrates fluxus Poetry by Litsa Spathi with ... - 52k - 23 sept 2006 - In cache - Gelijkwaardige pagina's

YouTube - Broadcast Yourself.Video made as a result of the start of the first World-Tomato-war in Fluxus. Integrates fluxus Poetry by Litsa Spathi with Tomatoes worldwide. ... - 50k - In cache - Gelijkwaardige pagina's
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FluxlistFluxlist is an internet discussion list for all things Fluxus. ... Reason enough to start the first world tomato-war... ... - 79k - In cache - Gelijkwaardige pagina's

Pomodoro Bolzano's Profile - tribe.netThe TOMATO War. Thu, September 21, 2006 - 1:32 PM permalink · Alien Tomato Soldier. Thu, September 21, 2006 - 1:06 PM permalink · Fluxus Milagros ... - 85k - 23 sept 2006 - In cache - Gelijkwaardige pagina's

Thank yer gods of flux

(c) 2006 Fluxus Collage by Litsa Spathi

Party-time for the Cherries - Modern Fluxus Poetry

This video was just released by the Fluxus Heidelberg Center (Litsa Spathi & Ruud Janssen). A party by the cherry-tomatoes. The kids know who will win.

News from the Front

In the Tomato-war thing got heatened up bit last week. Crushed nuts were seen on the fluxlist. Are the nuts innocent? Were the Tomato-children murdered? What will unfold in this war?

Fluxus-man pregnant

Litsa Spathi hereby brings proof that fluxus-man can get pregnant. And therefor woman can also be priests and leaders.

Saturday, September 23, 2006

The Beautiful Helen or The Stolen Tomato

The start

The image that started it all. Someone stole the tomato that Litsa Spathi published on the FLuxlist and published this new image on the Fluxlist. Then Litsa Spathi declared war....

The Italians

The Italian Tomatoes that took part in the Tomato War

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Tomato Times Article

ptomaine said...
This is wrong. Un-husked Black Walnuts accidentally killed the children. What you have here are English Walnuts. Black walnuts and English walnuts come from completely different trees/countries. As so often happens in war, outrage at one accidental atrocity has led to another accidental atrocity. The innocent suffer. Two wrongs don't make a right.htzjdmq
12:11 PM

Nobody said...
...Yes you ARE right. The same happened with the murdered children-tomatoes. It turned out they were born and raised in the USA and the nuts who murderd them were also from the same country. Typical war-press. Just take a photo and tell a fairytale... But lucky enough the English Walnuts that were captured in a spanish garlic-net were left free short afterwards. That is at least the 'official version' we read in the Tomato-TimesHas the world gone nuts? ...In a tomato-war anything can happen...

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