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The Vine

The Tomato Nation advice column addresses your questions on etiquette, grammar, romance, and pet misbehavior. Ask The Readers about books or fashion today!

The Vine: October 1, 2008
October 1, 2008 · 39 Comments

Hypothetical question about moral relativism.
Brian is in a competition.The prize is a small trophy and a $40 gift card to Applebee's.Ashley is in the same competition.Emily is Brian's friend; she's not in the competition.
Emily has …

Fall Contest: The Rules
October 1, 2008 · 4 Comments

Everything you need to know is right here. Yes, forward me your receipts for entry; if you don't have a response email from me, you are not entered.
You can access the contest page at the …

The United States…of Awesome
September 30, 2008 · 30 Comments

Can't view the embedded video?Please click here. (Video is SFW.)
In November 2004, American voters re-elected George W. Bush…and Tomato Nation readers elected to raise almost $25,000 for public schools.

Get ready
September 29, 2008 · 2 Comments
Get ready

…to vote with your wallet. AWESOMELY.

To donate a prize, suggest a project, or ask a question, email me: bunting at tomatonation dot com. We kick off October 1, so watch this space for updates.
Campaign art …

Outrageous Conduct: Art, Ego and the Twilight Zone Case
September 29, 2008 · 25 Comments
<I>Outrageous Conduct: Art, Ego and the Twilight Zone Case</I>

Prior to reading the book, my primary association with Twilight Zone: The Movie was the profoundly creepy third segment, especially the shot of the sister with no mouth; I made the mistake of watching the …

The Vine: September 26, 2008
September 26, 2008 · 24 Comments

Hi Sars,
I like to pin my bangs back away from my face, but I am having trouble finding barrettes that work for my hair. It is stick-straight, fine and thin so only a very small …

You can't spell "GOOP" without "poo"
September 25, 2008 · 61 Comments

For the love of little Apples (or, if you like, "sweet fancy Moses"), Gwyneth Paltrow: SHUT UP. Not that I'm confident I know what in the hell you're on about with the "nourish the inner …

The N.C. Double Scoop: Your Champion
September 25, 2008 · 62 Comments
The N.C. Double Scoop: Your Champion

Ice-cream fans cast more than three thousand votes, and while vanilla got out to an initial lead, mint chocolate chip surged back for the win, 56% to 44%.
TN and The Grub Report thank you for …

The Vine: September 24, 2008
September 24, 2008 · 37 Comments

Hi Sars,
I'm in a bit of a quandary, and I've asked around my friends but none of them had any more idea than I do.Since you give great advice about work issues, I was hoping …

DVR Break-Up: Heroes
September 23, 2008 · 45 Comments
DVR Break-Up: <I>Heroes</I>

Alan Sepinwall, in the comments thread of his post on Heroes earlier today:
[M]y feeling is that the show wasn't even that good in season 1, outside of a handful of episodes ("Five Years Later," "Company …