Never rub another man’s Rhubarb

Posted by on May 8, 2013

Photo by Audrey Molina

Playful little Rhubarb is a satisfied customer. Her Severed Leg Catnip Toy is one of her favorite toys. This lovely photo is from Audrey, who gets extra props for having a cat who is named after a very interesting fruit and/or vegetable. Some fun facts about Rhubarb:

  • Rhubarb is usually considered to be a vegetable; however a New York court decided in 1947 that it was to be counted as a fruit for the purposes of regulations and duties
  • Rhubarb leaves contain poisonous substances
  • Rhubarb can be used as a strong laxative
  • Rhubarb is also a “a heated dispute or controversy” according to the Merriam-Webster dictionary
  • Stage actors used to mutter the phrase “rhubarb, rhubarb, rhubarb” during crowd scenes to simulate conversations
  • “Never rub another man’s rhubarb” was said by the Joker in the 1989 movie Batman and is one of my personal favorite movie quotes