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If you're looking to play with your food and you've mastered the hotdog octopus (aka octodog), and you're sad that so many of the modern foods-and-crafts projects lack poetry to describe the crafting process, take a peek at Aunt Jo and Uncle George's Kritters of the Kitchen Kingdom from 1922. (And as you could expect, it's dated and a bit racist.)
posted by filthy light thief (24 comments total) 11 users marked this as a favorite

 
Yes, shove pushpins into delicious buttered bread and let children play with it, I can't imagine any issues arising from that
posted by showbiz_liz at 12:23 PM on October 10, 2013 [2 favorites]


I want all of these to appear in the next season of Hannibal please.

lemon pig will haunt my nightmares
posted by The Whelk at 12:24 PM on October 10, 2013 [2 favorites]


Lemon pigs used to be a thing. I do not know why this is.
posted by jessamyn at 12:29 PM on October 10, 2013 [4 favorites]


Lemon pigs used to be a thing

The art of amusing is fantastic! Thanks, jessamyn!
posted by filthy light thief at 12:35 PM on October 10, 2013


Lemon pigs used to be a thing. I do not know why this is.

It's like that thing when you hear people used to interpret colors differently. Maybe yellow and pink were the same color for a few years.
posted by 2bucksplus at 12:39 PM on October 10, 2013 [1 favorite]


Kritters of the Kitchen Kingdom

I've always been curious (kurious?) about this period trend of replacing "C" with "K," especially to create triplets like this. Was it always supposed to connote the Klan? Or was it used somewhat more neutrally as a faux-naive/satiric spelling? For example, I remember coming across it a few years ago in a biography of Judy Garland, in reference to a time when she and her sisters were billed briefly in the late '20s as something like the "Three Kute Kiddies" (whose routines were "Klever and Kunning" to boot!).
posted by scody at 12:43 PM on October 10, 2013 [1 favorite]


Is this where Mr. Potato Head came from?

From the ha'inted tradition of sticken raisins into po'tatos?
posted by Debaser626 at 12:44 PM on October 10, 2013 [1 favorite]


Lemon pigs are so cute!

Sushi centipedes... less so.
posted by Atom Eyes at 12:44 PM on October 10, 2013


Lemon pigs used to be a thing. I do not know why this is.

*looks at lemon pig, looks at MeFi, puts lemon pig down and walks away*
posted by Kitteh at 12:44 PM on October 10, 2013 [4 favorites]


The Cs as K thing seems to donte some corny flavor of rustic simplicity and nostalgia - a lot old writing guides from the era really harp on telling people to avoid affected "country folk" language.
posted by The Whelk at 12:45 PM on October 10, 2013


I would love to see the Pinterest Fails for these.
posted by KathrynT at 12:59 PM on October 10, 2013 [1 favorite]


OH YES MY LITTLE 9-MONTH-OLD SON TOMORROW YOU WILL FACE THE PARSNIP OCTOPUS HORROR!!!!!
posted by alasdair at 1:28 PM on October 10, 2013 [1 favorite]


Please Aunt Jo and Uncle George don't make me pin eyes to any more root vegetables please
posted by prize bull octorok at 1:30 PM on October 10, 2013 [1 favorite]


alasdair: OH YES MY LITTLE 9-MONTH-OLD SON TOMORROW YOU WILL FACE THE PARSNIP OCTOPUS HORROR!!!!!

May your October be full of culinary horrors for your child! I know mine will be (not for your child, mind you - we have one of our own to terrorize).
posted by filthy light thief at 1:38 PM on October 10, 2013


Kids didn't care for the taste of dried onion meal, but they loved the doll!
posted by The Whelk at 1:39 PM on October 10, 2013


jessamyn: Lemon pigs used to be a thing.

Kitteh: *looks at lemon pig, looks at MeFi, puts lemon pig down and walks away*

You can make it a thing again! What's old is new, what was dull and dated is now quirky and vintage!
posted by filthy light thief at 1:40 PM on October 10, 2013


Did anyone else read through that going "Not racist. Not racist. Not racist. Not racist. Well, that was unexpected. Not racist. It can't just have been that, can it? Still not racist. Not racist. Was that really it? Not racist. Holy fucking Christ on a bike...!"
posted by sodium lights the horizon at 2:07 PM on October 10, 2013 [23 favorites]


Whereupon a small boy called out, “Go in lemons!” which was considered rather smart in the small boy, and he was told so, which induced him to be unnecessarily forward and pert for the rest of the evening; but as he never succeeded in making another hit, he gradually simmered down to his normal condition towards the end of the entertainment.

I'm going to bring back “Go in lemons!”, which appears to have been quite the catchphrase of the late 19th century - it appears to mean something like “go for broke”, or “go all in”. It's also used in the variant “Go in lemons and get squeezed” -> “go for broke, and see where that gets you.”
posted by zamboni at 2:23 PM on October 10, 2013 [3 favorites]


Low hanging fruit, I know.

http://i.imgur.com/mMgZqHY.png
posted by kzin602 at 2:59 PM on October 10, 2013 [2 favorites]


Go in Liz Lemon!

Phrasing!
posted by The Whelk at 3:10 PM on October 10, 2013


Lemon pigs used to be a thing. I do not know why this is.

It goes back to the ancient Greeks, who were actually unable to see pigs, and believed they were lemons.
posted by Wolfdog at 3:54 PM on October 10, 2013 [1 favorite]


These are evil and an abomination unto the Lard.

I've told you kids over and over, don't play with your food.




Except the rabbit pancakes. I like rabbit pancakes.
And these cauliflower and olive sheep
posted by BlueHorse at 7:38 PM on October 10, 2013


sodium lights, it's like you were in my head. You just nailed that.
posted by dlugoczaj at 7:35 AM on October 11, 2013


I wasn't even going to RTFA until I read sodium lights the horizon's comment. And then YES YES OMG YES.

So, um, on preview -- what dlugoczaj said.
posted by blurker at 9:36 AM on October 11, 2013


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