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Old 06-09-2010, 12:27 AM
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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?
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Old 06-09-2010, 12:29 AM
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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.
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Old 06-09-2010, 01:36 AM
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[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.

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Old 06-09-2010, 07:33 AM
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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.
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Old 06-09-2010, 08:06 AM
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Usually, what they show hicks chewing on is the base of a stalk of timothy, not wheat, as in this poem.
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Old 06-09-2010, 03:55 PM
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The stem of wheat and timothy among other grasses has a bit of a sweet taste. Not unpleasant.
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Old 06-09-2010, 04:03 PM
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Hicks chewing on wheat

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

Hmmm I could take that personally you know
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Old 06-09-2010, 04:05 PM
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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!
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Old 06-09-2010, 04:33 PM
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Ha! I knew what that was before I clicked!

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

Anyway, that's Scepter Records's story and they're sticking to it!
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Old 06-09-2010, 04:35 PM
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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.
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Old 06-09-2010, 04:40 PM
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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.
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Old 06-09-2010, 05:57 PM
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Heather is noticably sweeter when timothy sprouts up there.
So she is. So she is!

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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'.

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Old 06-09-2010, 06:43 PM
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Wheat is host to ergot which gives a hallucinogenic trip for the person chewing on it.
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Old 06-09-2010, 11:18 PM
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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.
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Old 06-09-2010, 11:27 PM
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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.

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Old 06-10-2010, 12:29 AM
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Err, is this drifting somewhat off topic?
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Old 06-10-2010, 05:40 AM
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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.
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Old 06-10-2010, 09:29 AM
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Hicks Chewing on Wheat


I'd see that band.
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Old 06-10-2010, 11:57 AM
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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.

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Old 06-10-2010, 02:04 PM
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I grew up in the country. We often chewed on stalks of fresh green grasses. Sweet and free and right at hand.
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Old 04-06-2016, 07:32 PM
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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.

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Well, that escalated...I'd say "quickly," but it's been almost six years....
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Old 04-06-2016, 08:01 PM
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What's the point of chewing on a toothpick?
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Old 04-06-2016, 08:13 PM
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What's the point of chewing on a toothpick?
Don't have gum? and don't smoke anymore. and the wife's ni.. NM
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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....
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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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Old 04-07-2016, 09:07 AM
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I vote for "farmer's gum" having been raised on a farm. I still preferred Bubblelicious.
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Old 04-07-2016, 09:37 AM
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Back in my farming days, clover was my preferred chew.
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Old 04-07-2016, 09:48 AM
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I always figured they chewed on that there wildwood weed...https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xyjlxIcu8AM
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Old 04-10-2016, 08:51 PM
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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.
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Old 04-14-2016, 10:30 AM
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You can rub off the pokies from the stem of a thistle flower ... chewing on that makes you look bad-ass.
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Old 04-14-2016, 10:52 AM
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Hicks Chewing on Wheat


I'd see that band.
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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.
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Old 04-14-2016, 03:57 PM
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AIUI, rubbing off the pokey is a popular activity whether one was raised rural, urban or somewhere in between.
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Old 04-14-2016, 04:07 PM
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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.
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Old 04-14-2016, 05:14 PM
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Sorry to continue the discussion drift, but...

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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?
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Old 04-14-2016, 05:23 PM
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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..
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Old 04-14-2016, 06:19 PM
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We aren't Hicks, we're rednecks
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Old 04-14-2016, 06:32 PM
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Ha! I knew what that was before I clicked!

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

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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