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Posted on 07 February 2008 by

The History of Throwing Rotten Tomatoes

Rotten TomatoBy Michelle Fabio

We’ve all heard of or even seen people throwing rotten tomatoes when disappointed in a live performance; indeed this is where popular movie reviewing and previewing site Rotten Tomatoes gets its name from.

But did people really throw rotten tomatoes at actors?

Well, obviously not during Shakespeare’s time since, as according to the website of Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre in London, tomatoes weren’t even available in England at that time. The site notes, though, that at the end of performances, the actors announced the following day’s features–and if people didn’t like it, they just might have thrown things.

But not tomatoes. Read the rest of this entry »


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