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Entry from January 09, 2018
Melancauliflower or Melancholiflower (melancholy + cauliflower); Meloncauliflower, Meloncholiflower

Cauliflower sometimes has the jocular portmanteau words “melancauliflower” and “melancholiflower” (melancholy + cauliflower), and sometimes “meloncauliflower” and “meloncholiflower.” “My Melancauliflower Blues” was posted on the newsgroup alt.music.queen on November 22, 1999. “A despondent vegetable|||melancauliflower” was posted on Twitter on November 5, 2009. “Melancholiflower #sadvegetables” was posted on Twitter on July 28, 2012.

“I shall become Melon-Cauliflower, and wither away” was printed in an 1853 newspaper. “Consider the riddles and puns in Comic Papers, and ask yourself why it is that the ideas are connected with one another; why it is, for instance, that the person, who was told that a friend was suffering from Meloncauliflower and Haricot Veins” was published in a 1901 book.

The “melancholy” pun sometimes clearly involves both “melon” (a fruit) and “cauliflower” (a vegetable). “New invention - ‘Meloncauliflower - A fruit/vegetable hybrid known for triggering feelings of thoughtful sadness” was posted on Twitter on April 13, 2010. “Eating a mixture of fruit and veg often leaves me feeling meloncauliflower” was posted on Twitter on January 24, 2011. “What do you call a plant that’s sad because it doesn’t know whether it’s a fruit or a vegetable? a meloncauliflower” was posted on Twitter on August 1, 2014.


Wikipedia: Cauliflower
Cauliflower is one of several vegetables in the species Brassica oleracea in the genus Brassica, which is in the family Brassicaceae. It is an annual plant that reproduces by seed. Typically, only the head is eaten – the edible white flesh sometimes called “curd” (similar appearance to cheese curd). The cauliflower head is composed of a white inflorescence meristem. Cauliflower heads resemble those in broccoli, which differs in having flower buds as the edible portion. Brassica oleracea also includes broccoli, brussels sprouts, cabbage, collard greens, and kale, collectively called “cole” crops, though they are of different cultivar groups.

19 April 1853, Belvidere (IL) Standard and Boone County Advertiser, “Interesting Letter,” pg. 1, col. :
And now Sweet Peas be with Yew; and if he who tries it Tares me from Yew, I shall become Melon-Cauliflower, and wither away.

Google Books
How to Remember, Without Memory Systems Or with Them
By Eustace Miles
London: Frederick Warne & Co.
1901
Pg. 214:
Consider the riddles and puns in Comic Papers, and ask yourself why it is that the ideas are connected with one another; why it is, for instance, that the person, who was told that a friend was suffering from Meloncauliflower and Haricot Veins, immediately knew that the friend was actually suffering from Melancholia and Varicose Veins; obviously the words were connected together because they sounded alike.

Google Books
Gogmagog:
Morris Cox & the Gogmagog Press

By David Chambers, Colin Franklin and Alan Tucker
Pinner, Middlesex, UK: Private Libraries Association
1991
Pg. ?:
MELONCHOLIFLOWER
How the melon so round and intellectual:
how melancholy droops very drooping:
how cauliflower lacks subtlety.\

Google Groups: alt.music.queen
disgrace....whats happening?
Sue
11/22/99
~Herk~ wrote:

>But nevertheless, I don’t care if the boys call themselves “The
>Zucchini People”,

Brilliant Herk. You’ve got it! Veg-rock rules. wink
I can just see it all now. New set list includes ‘My Melancauliflower Blues’, ‘March of the Black Eyed Beans’ and ‘Teo Torriatte (Lettuce Cling Together)’.

Twitter
Michael Fisher‏
@fishstandsup
My tummy doesn’t feel to great. Must have eaten some meloncauliflower
8:14 AM - 14 Apr 2009

Twitter
Joe Milksteak‏
@joekrud
New invention - “Meloncauliflower” - A fruit/vegetable hybrid known for triggering feelings of thoughtful sadness.
1:38 PM - 13 Apr 2010

Twitter
karen b‏
@pinkskink
@hardeepdeepdeep #foodemotions ... I just had a large portion of melancauliflower cheese.
2:27 PM - 19 May 2009

Twitter
jaybraham‏
@JesseAbraham
a despondent vegetable|||melancauliflower
6:58 PM - 5 Nov 2009

Twitter
Gene Albamonte‏
@GeneAlbamonte
melancauliflower #sadvegetables
12:22 PM - 23 Sep 2010

Twitter
Mark Howe‏
@howiehowe
Eating a mixture of fruit and veg often leaves me feeling meloncauliflower.
1:31 PM - 24 Jan 2011

Twitter
Dale Tudge‏
@toqueguy
melancholiflower #sadvegetables @brookeperrin
6:46 PM - 28 Jul 2012

Twitter
Patyoncé‏
@WhiteDonCheadle
-What’s this sad looking fruit/vegetable hybrid?
-Oh, that’s meloncauliflower.
6:36 PM - 19 Dec 2013

Twitter
Steven Pfau‏
@stpfau
what do you call a plant that’s sad because it doesn’t know whether it’s a fruit or a vegetable? a meloncauliflower. © Nolan Gear 2014
8:08 AM - 1 Aug 2014

Twitter
Aden‏
@adey303
The saddest vegetable of them all…
Melancholiflower
5:14 PM - 2 Oct 2015

Twitter
Nicken Drumsticks‏
@beefman138
4 : Eating vegetables makes me sad.
Me : Is it the melancauliflower?
Wife : Get out.
8:34 PM - 4 Jan 2018

Reddit—3amjokes
What do you call a sad food decoration? self.3amjokes
Submitted January 10, 2018 by 90guys
Meloncholiflower.
COMMENTS
f1sh98
Play on words. Melancholy = sad to r forlorn. Melancholy cauliflower

Twitter
3AM‏
@3AM_Jokes
What do you call a sad food decoration?... Meloncholiflower.
9:04 AM - 10 Jan 2018

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