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Who cast that first fateful tomato that started the La Tomatina revolution? The reality is no one knows. Maybe it was an anti-Franco rebellion, or a carnival that got out of hand. According to the most popular version of the story, during the 1945 festival of Los Gigantes (a giant paper mâché puppet parade), locals were looking to stage a brawl to get some attention. They happened upon a vegetable cart nearby and started hurling ripe tomatoes. Innocent onlookers got involved until the scene escalated into a massive melee of flying fruit. The instigators had to repay the tomato vendors, but that didn't stop the recurrence of more tomato fights—and the birth of a new tradition.

Fearful of an unruly escalation, authorities enacted, relaxed, and then reinstated a series of bans in the 1950s. In 1951, locals who defied the law were imprisoned until public outcry called for their release. The most famous effrontery to the tomato bans happened in 1957 when proponents held a mock tomato funeral complete with a coffin and procession. After 1957, the local government decided to roll with the punches, set a few rules in place, and embraced the wacky tradition.

Though the tomatoes take center stage, a week of festivities lead up to the final showdown. It's a celebration of Buñol's patron saints, the Virgin Mary and St. Louis Bertrand, with street parades, music, and fireworks in joyous Spanish fashion. To build up your strength for the impending brawl, an epic paella is served on the eve of the battle, showcasing an iconic Valencian dish of rice, seafood, saffron, and olive oil.

Today, this unfettered festival has some measure of order. Organizers have gone so far as to cultivate a special variety of unpalatable tomatoes just for the annual event. Festivities kick off around 10 a.m. when participants race to grab a ham fixed atop a greasy pole. Onlookers hose the scramblers with water while singing and dancing in the streets. When the church bell strikes noon, trucks packed with tomatoes roll into town, while chants of "To-ma-te, to-ma-te!" reach a crescendo.

Then, with the firing of a water cannon, the main event begins. That's the green light for crushing and launching tomatoes in all-out attacks against fellow participants. Long distance tomato lobbers, point-blank assassins, and medium range hook shots. Whatever your technique, by the time it's over, you will look (and feel) quite different. Nearly an hour later, tomato-soaked bombers are left to play in a sea of squishy street salsa with little left resembling a tomato to be found. A second cannon shot signals the end of the battle.

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Entry #17359 — Discuss 0 — Variant: Not specified
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a furor di popolo
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Sebbene i veri protagonisti siano i pomodori
Flows well
i partecipanti saranno
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Resa effic​ace: condi​vido la sc​elta di no​n usare la​ seconda p​ersona ver​bale (sia ​singolare ​che plural​e).
Entry #15713 — Discuss 0 — Variant: Not specified
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galeotto
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A onor del vero
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buona la s​celta dell​a punteggi​atura
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istituire, abrogare e poi reintrodurre diversi divieti
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Naturalmente i pomodori sono i protagonisti assoluti, ma
Flows well
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di proporzioni epiche
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"pomodorate"
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dentro e fuori
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Entry #15544 — Discuss 0 — Variant: Not specified
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Tra le ipotesi di una rivolta antifranchista o di un Carnevale sfuggito di mano, la versione più accreditata della storia vuole che nel corso
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1
Incappati
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colossale bolgia
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poco invitante
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sancisce
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intrisi
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suggella
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Entry #18206 — Discuss 0 — Variant: Not specified
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buona scel​ta della p​unteggiatu​ra
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l’ambiente si surriscaldò
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capitolarono
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da quel momento, si possono schiacciare e lanciare i pomodori, sferrando attacchi senza pietà agli avversari
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cessate le ostilità, tutti saranno stati trasformati dall’esperienza, e non soltanto nell’aspetto esteriore
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sguazzare
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1
e una seconda salva segnala la fine della battaglia
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Entry #19855 — Discuss 0 — Variant: Not specified
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una gigantesca mischia di frutti volanti
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bene la no​n riproduz​ione del t​rattino in​glese
Lanci a pallonetto, tiri a bruciapelo e ganci a medio raggio
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Entry #17522 — Discuss 0 — Variant: Standard-Italy
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carnevalata
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Per caso, trovarono lì vicino un carretto pieno di verdura e cominciarono a tirarsi pomodori maturi.
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ignari
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ortaggi volanti.
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parodia
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il piatto di Valencia per antonomasia
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killer che colpiscono a bruciapelo
Flows well
Entry #18430 — Discuss 0 — Variant: Not specified
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la gente del posto
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bolgia di frutta volante
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Entry #21428 — Discuss 0 — Variant: Not specified
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i...
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bene la sc​elta della​ punteggia​tura
nel corso degli anni '50 le autorità promulgarono una serie di divieti, per poi allentarli e quindi ripristinarli
Flows well
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Poi, lo sparo di un cannone ad acqua segna l'inizio dell'evento principale
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È il via libera che autorizza a schiacciare e lanciare pomodori in una guerra senza quartiere contro gli altri partecipanti.
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Entry #16448 — Discuss 0 — Variant: Not specified
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‘ammorbiditi’
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divieti antipomodoro
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posto d’onore
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senza esclusione di colpi
Flows well
Entry #16208 — Discuss 0 — Variant: Not specified
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nel corso degli anni Cinquanta le autorità promulgarono, attenuarono e poi ripristinarono una serie di divieti
Flows well
lo scontro finale è preceduto da una settimana di festeggiamenti
Flows well
impregnati
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Entry #16580 — Discuss 0 — Variant: Standard-Italy
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le autorità adottarono una serie di divieti, che furono poi attenuati e di nuovo ripristinati
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Per fare il pieno di energie in vista dell’imminente rissa
Flows well
Entry #20974 — Discuss 0 — Variant: Standard-Italy
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accreditata
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2
imponenti figure di cartapesta
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stavano pianificando una rissa per attirare l’attenzione quando si imbatterono
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la battaglia finale non è che il coronamento di una settimana di festeggiamenti
Flows well
Entry #15791 — Discuss 0 — Variant: Standard-Italy
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goliardata
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sancisce
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Entry #21958 — Discuss 0 — Variant: Not specified
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sfuggita di mano
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verdurai
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albero della cuccagna
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4
pomodorate
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bombaroli
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Entry #16960 — Discuss 0 — Variant: Not specified
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marasma di frutta volante
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bene la so​stituzione​ del tratt​ino ingles​e
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indiscussi
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Entry #20152 — Discuss 0 — Variant: Standard-Italy
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pupazzoni
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ci andarono di mezzo
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...
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bene la no​n riproduz​ione del t​rattino in​glese
le autorità stabilirono, quindi ammorbidirono, e infine reintrodussero
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buona la s​celta del ​punto e vi​rgola
Entry #18380 — Discuss 0 — Variant: Not specified
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questo festival sregolato ha una parvenza d’ordine
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il piatto valenciano per antonomasia
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in un mare viscido di salsa che invade le strade
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sancisce
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Entry #21772 — Discuss 0 — Variant: Standard-Italy
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Nessuno lo sa con certezza
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"La verità​" usata da​ tanti è u​na traduzi​one letter​ale dall'i​nglese.
ai divieti imposti alla Tomatina
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costituiscano l’attrazione principale
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imbrattati
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Entry #16574 — Discuss 0 — Variant: Not specified
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Entry #16418 — Discuss 0 — Variant: Standard-Italy
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a farla da padrone
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carburante
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Entry #21542 — Discuss 0 — Variant: Standard-Italy
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fare buon viso a cattivo gioco
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la resa dei conti finale
Flows well
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