Week in Words

Monday, September 12, 2011 - 2:43pm
The Wall Street Journal

"When Apricot Met Plum...," Personal Journal, Sept. 7

The funniest plant hybrid has to be "tomacco," a blend of tomato and tobacco plants, inspired by an episode of "The Simpsons." Tomacco has been created at least twice in real life; once by Rob Baur of Lake Oswego, Ore., back in 2003, who based his work on a 1959 experiment by researchers at Western Washington University.