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antonio107 06-09-2010 01:27 AM

Hicks chewing on wheat?
 
I'm watching an episode of Rocko's Modern Life (loved that show), and they're showing some country bumpkin giving him directions, complete with the stereotypical straw hat, and wheat blade sticking out of his mouth.

But why?

Why does a farmer want to chew on wheat? Why not tobacco, or grape leaves, or stride gum? Is there a practical horticultural reason for it, or is it just a stereotype that worked its way into cartoons? Both, maybe?

Johnny L.A. 06-09-2010 01:29 AM

Some people chew on toothpicks. A wheat farmer is probably going to have easier access to a stalk of wheat than he would the toothpicks back in his kitchen.

Oslo Ostragoth 06-09-2010 02:36 AM

[slight hijack] If you have access to a field of ripe wheat, grab some heads, remove the chaff from the kernels, and chew on them a while, spitting out the hard shards of bran as you do. Eventually, you will end up with fully developed gluten that greatly resembles chewing gum. [/slight hijack]

p.s. Yes, I was/am a hick.

engineer_comp_geek 06-09-2010 08:33 AM

I used to do it as a kid. It's a lot like chewing on a toothpick except it tastes better (IMHO) and it doesn't cost anything. There's no practical purpose to it.

lee 06-09-2010 09:06 AM

Usually, what they show hicks chewing on is the base of a stalk of timothy, not wheat, as in this poem.

janeslogin 06-09-2010 04:55 PM

The stem of wheat and timothy among other grasses has a bit of a sweet taste. Not unpleasant.

DavidHicks 06-09-2010 05:03 PM

Hicks chewing on wheat
 
[QUOTE=antonio107;12553593]Hicks chewing on wheat [QUOTE]

Hmmm I could take that personally you know :)

Polycarp 06-09-2010 05:05 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by lee (Post 12554118)
Usually, what they show hicks chewing on is the base of a stalk of timothy, not wheat, as in this poem.

Although chewing on timothy may not be as innocent as you think! :D

Johnny L.A. 06-09-2010 05:33 PM

Ha! I knew what that was before I clicked!

But... Timothy was just the mule, right? :eek:

Anyway, that's Scepter Records's story and they're sticking to it!

Slithy Tove 06-09-2010 05:35 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by janeslogin (Post 12556638)
The stem of wheat and timothy among other grasses has a bit of a sweet taste. Not unpleasant.

Heather is noticably sweeter when timothy sprouts up there.

Pleonast 06-09-2010 05:40 PM

It's timothy you chew on, not wheat. And you chew on it for something to chew on--pleasant flavor and texture. And it's free and easily available.

I'm sometimes amazed about how little people know about rural life. Of course, I'm sure there's things about city life I don't even know I don't know to ask about.

John Mace 06-09-2010 06:57 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Slithy Tove (Post 12556797)
Heather is noticably sweeter when timothy sprouts up there.

So she is. So she is!

Quote:

Originally Posted by engineer_comp_geek
I used to do it as a kid. It's a lot like chewing on a toothpick except it tastes better (IMHO) and it doesn't cost anything.

I believe the correct phrase is: it don't cost nothin'.

Harmonious Discord 06-09-2010 07:43 PM

Wheat is host to ergot which gives a hallucinogenic trip for the person chewing on it.

Oslo Ostragoth 06-10-2010 12:18 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Harmonious Discord (Post 12557186)
Wheat is host to ergot which gives a hallucinogenic trip for the person chewing on it.

Maybe so, but you wouldn't catch me putting this in my mouth.

Zoe 06-10-2010 12:27 AM

Oh, but the wings are so delicate and tender...

Anyone ever suck on the tip of a petunia? Right near ruined a tub full of them one summer.

Oslo Ostragoth 06-10-2010 01:29 AM

Err, is this drifting somewhat off topic? :confused:

Harmonious Discord 06-10-2010 06:40 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Oslo Ostragoth (Post 12557866)
Maybe so, but you wouldn't catch me putting this in my mouth.

You already came up with something we didn't know that went beyond it's some thing to chew. Your answer would be my choice beyond the stalk is something to chew on. There has to be somebody that would chew it for the ergot high. I'm also betting there is a community out there that could be tricked into naming their high school Ergot High and not get the pun until after the media has a field day. Boy will they feel chaffed.

outlierrn 06-10-2010 10:29 AM

Hicks Chewing on Wheat


I'd see that band.

constanze 06-10-2010 12:57 PM

Well, the Lucky Luke (Belgian comic figure of a cowboy in the Wild West) for years carried a cigarette in his mouth, and was shown rolling cigarettes from tobacco. (which means that he had to spend the money to buy the tobacco, and find a store that sold tobacco). However, after several years, Morris, the artist, heard that Luke was influencing kids to smoke (as a positive, smoking, role model), and also Morris himself wanted to give up smoking. So suddenly, Luke started chewing on a blade of some undetermined straw.

See here for quotes.

Arrendajo 06-10-2010 03:04 PM

I grew up in the country. We often chewed on stalks of fresh green grasses. Sweet and free and right at hand.

JL86 04-06-2016 08:32 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Pleonast (Post 12556811)
It's timothy you chew on, not wheat. And you chew on it for something to chew on--pleasant flavor and texture. And it's free and easily available.

I'm sometimes amazed about how little people know about rural life. Of course, I'm sure there's things about city life I don't even know I don't know to ask about.

You must just live on an acreage, and call yourself a farmer. Funny how you belittle people on knowledge you yourself are wrong on. It's everything. Timothy, WHEAT, barley... wheat specifically because it turns into something that almost resembles chewing gum. Keep your posts to yourself perhaps unless you know what you're talking about. I'm a farmer of many crops, I have a bucket of wheat right beside me. "Pleonast" - Since you're not a farmer, maybe you should keep your trap shut rather than insulting people with your false information. Isn't nice being on the receiving end, is it. Must suck to be you not knowing anything. Also, NO crop is "free". Tens of thousands of dollars go into crops each year, no crop is "free". Especially not "easily available"... does that mean you're stealing farmers crops? Usually that gets a shotgun to the face.

pulykamell 04-06-2016 08:59 PM

Well, that escalated...I'd say "quickly," but it's been almost six years....

Guinastasia 04-06-2016 09:01 PM

What's the point of chewing on a toothpick?

PoppaSan 04-06-2016 09:13 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Guinastasia (Post 19240216)
What's the point of chewing on a toothpick?

Don't have gum? and don't smoke anymore. and the wife's ni.. NM

ExTank 04-06-2016 09:24 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by pulykamell (Post 19240214)
Well, that escalated...I'd say "quickly," but it's been almost six years....

He's been saving it up for that "just right" moment....

Colibri 04-06-2016 09:31 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by JL86 (Post 19240171)
You must just live on an acreage, and call yourself a farmer. Funny how you belittle people on knowledge you yourself are wrong on. It's everything. Timothy, WHEAT, barley... wheat specifically because it turns into something that almost resembles chewing gum. Keep your posts to yourself perhaps unless you know what you're talking about. I'm a farmer of many crops, I have a bucket of wheat right beside me. "Pleonast" - Since you're not a farmer, maybe you should keep your trap shut rather than insulting people with your false information. Isn't nice being on the receiving end, is it. Must suck to be you not knowing anything. Also, NO crop is "free". Tens of thousands of dollars go into crops each year, no crop is "free". Especially not "easily available"... does that mean you're stealing farmers crops? Usually that gets a shotgun to the face.

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Carryon 04-07-2016 10:07 AM

I vote for "farmer's gum" having been raised on a farm. I still preferred Bubblelicious:D.

Little Nemo 04-07-2016 10:37 AM

Back in my farming days, clover was my preferred chew.

The Stainless Steel Rat 04-07-2016 10:48 AM

I always figured they chewed on that there wildwood weed...https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xyjlxIcu8AM

outlierrn 04-10-2016 09:51 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by The Stainless Steel Rat (Post 19241399)
I always figured they chewed on that there wildwood weed...https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xyjlxIcu8AM

That's why it takes 'em so long to get mad.

watchwolf49 04-14-2016 11:30 AM

You can rub off the pokies from the stem of a thistle flower ... chewing on that makes you look bad-ass.

Biffy the Elephant Shrew 04-14-2016 11:52 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by outlierrn (Post 12558862)
Hicks Chewing on Wheat


I'd see that band.

Quote:

Originally Posted by watchwolf49 (Post 19259612)
You can rub off the pokies from the stem of a thistle flower ... chewing on that makes you look bad-ass.

Rub Off the Pokies, the debut album by Hicks Chewing on Wheat.

Doctor Jackson 04-14-2016 04:57 PM

AIUI, rubbing off the pokey is a popular activity whether one was raised rural, urban or somewhere in between.

CC 04-14-2016 05:07 PM

Fact is, there are lots of grasses that grow more or less wild all over the country. Many of them can simply be grabbed as you walk, and the soft, sweet and juicy base end of these stems are not only pleasant to chew on, but they keep the mouth moist. When you're done with one, you toss it away and simply pick another. Anyone who has walked in or near a prairie has no doubt had, or should have, this lovely experience.

Lumpy 04-14-2016 06:14 PM

Sorry to continue the discussion drift, but...
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by Harmonious Discord (Post 12557186)
Wheat is host to ergot which gives a hallucinogenic trip for the person chewing on it.

Is ergot a true hallucinogen, or is it simply a poison that produces neurological symptoms by extreme vasoconstriction of the arteries of the brain?

bob++ 04-14-2016 06:23 PM

Over here, a country bumpkin is usually depicted with a straw in his mouth. I always thought that was pretty daft since straw has none of the pleasant effects described above.

As a kid in West Africa, we used to chew on casave leaf. It is found everywhere and is very tasty. The locals made it into soup called saka saka which looks disgusting but tastes great.

The locals preferred betel nuts which turned their mouths purple and apparently gives a kick like six cups of coffee, but rots your teeth and worse..

obbn 04-14-2016 07:19 PM

We aren't Hicks, we're rednecks

handsomeharry 04-14-2016 07:32 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Johnny L.A. (Post 12556790)
Ha! I knew what that was before I clicked!

But... Timothy was just the mule, right? :eek:

Anyway, that's Scepter Records's story and they're sticking to it!

No, you don't understand: Timothy is his dog!


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