Run, run, as fast as you can, you can’t catch me, I’m the radish man!
Move over Mr. Tayto, there’s a new celebrity vegetable in town. An unusually shaped daikon radish was unearthed last Autumn in Hyogo Prefecture, Japan. Named ‘the running away radish’, the original picture was retweeted over 30,000 times.
The radish is pictured suspended on some sort of rope, which is tied around its ‘hair’, looking very much like a runner’s sweatband. Whether or not this was intentional, it really gives him(?) more character.
After it became apparent that the radish was an internet sensation, the farm continued to upload photos of the charismatic vegetable, in a variety of precarious situations from which he would inevitably escape.
Although he is running away from danger, there is nothing cowardly about the way he does it. He seems to have mastered fleeing heroically and triumphantly, while his assailants can do nothing but watch. He could definitely walk away from an explosion without turning around.
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It’s not unheard of for these radishes to grow what appear to be limbs. Spurred on by the success of the running away radish, the farm tweeted other humanoid vegetables, including this adorable pair:
None compare to the popularity of ‘nigeru daikon’, however, who has made television appearances and even released a calendar. He is certainly one of the most successful vegetables of all time and looks simply radishing.
Other tributes to the A-list vegetable include some very impressive coffee art, dolls and a photo book.
While the radish community is no doubt pleased with the publicity, some daikons are left with feelings of inadequacy:
So what’s next for the dynamic root vegetable? A soup? A stir-fry? Hopefully not the compost heap. He has captured our hearts, but can he capture our stomachs?
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