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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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There were 10 entries submitted in this pair during the submission phase, 3 of which were selected by peers to advance to the finals round.

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Entries (10 total; 3 finalists) Expand all entries

Entry #17188 — Discuss 0 — Variant: Not specified
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  • 2 users entered 6 "like" tags
  • 3 users agreed with "likes" (4 total agrees)
  • 3 users disagreed with "likes" (3 total disagrees)
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γινωμένες
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Οι αρχές, φοβούμενες ότι η κατάσταση θα κλιμακωνόταν σε ανεξέλεγκτο βαθμό,
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κακόγευστης
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μακρινές βολές, καρφώματα και ραβέρσες
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οι πασαλειμμένοι βομβιστές
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Και ο ντοματοπόλεμος τελειώνει με μια δεύτερη κανονιά νερού.
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Entry #21896 — Discuss 0 — Variant: Not specified
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  • 2 users entered 6 "like" tags
  • 1 user agreed with "likes" (3 total agrees)
  • 2 users disagreed with "likes" (2 total disagrees)
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θέλησαν να στήσουν καυγά για να τραβήξουν την προσοχή
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γινωμένες
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δημόσιας κατακραυγής
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απ’ όπου δεν έλειπε το φέρετρο και η νεκρώσιμη ακολουθία.
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θεότρελη παράδοση
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μια επικών διαστάσεων παέγια, το πλέον χαρακτηριστικό έδεσμα της Βαλένθια που φτιάχνεται με ρύζι, θαλασσινά, ζαφορά και ελαιόλαδο.
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Entry #18353 — Discuss 0 — Variant: Not specified
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  • 2 users entered 3 "like" tags
  • 3 users agreed with "likes" (3 total agrees)
  • 1 user disagreed with "likes" (1 total disagree)
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ζαρζαβατικά
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Οι πρωτοστάτες αναγκάστηκαν να αποζημιώσουν τους μανάβηδες, αλλά αυτό δεν απέτρεψε την επανάληψη των τοματομαχιών – και τη γέννηση μιας νέας παράδοσης.
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Μία σχεδόν ώρα αργότερα, οι πολεμιστές, βουτηγμένοι μέχρι τα νύχια στο ντοματόζουμο, θα έχουν μείνει να παίζουν σε μια θάλασσα κόκκινου πολτού που ελάχιστα θυμίζει ντομάτες.
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Non-finalist entries

The following entries were not selected by peers to advance to finals-round voting.

Entry #16835 — Discuss 0 — Variant: Not specified
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  • 1 user entered 4 "like" tags
  • 1 user disagreed with "likes" (1 total disagree)
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Οι ταραχοποιοί υποχρεώθηκαν να πληρώσουν τους οπωροπώλες για τις ντομάτες, όμως αυτό δεν εμπόδισε νέους ντοματοπόλεμους και τη δημιουργία ενός νέου εθίμου.
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η τοπική κυβέρνηση αποφάσισε να ενδώσει, όρισε ορισμένους κανόνες και ενστερνίστηκε το τρελό αυτό έθιμο.
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οι ντομάτες είναι πάντα οι πρωταγωνιστές,
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των πολιούχων
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Entry #18013 — Discuss 0 — Variant: Not specified
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  • 1 user entered 6 "like" tags
  • 1 user agreed with "likes" (1 total agree)
  • 2 users disagreed with "likes" (4 total disagrees)
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Άσχετοι περαστικοί μπήκαν κι’ αυτοί στο παιχνίδι και το αποτέλεσμα ήταν μια μαζική συμπλοκή
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Οι υπαίτιοι υποχρεώθηκαν να πληρώσουν τις ντομάτες στους εμπόρους, αλλά αυτό δεν εμπόδισε την επανάληψη του ντοματοπόλεμου
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κλασικό
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άνοστες
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ένα κομμάτι χοιρομέρι που βρίσκεται στην κορυφή ενός μεγάλου κονταριού αλειμμένου με λίπος.
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Οι θεατές καταβρέχουν τους παίκτες με νερό, τραγουδώντας και χορεύοντας στους δρόμους.
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Entry #17288 — Discuss 0 — Variant: Not specified
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  • 1 user entered 5 "like" tags
  • 1 user agreed with "likes" (2 total agrees)
  • 3 users disagreed with "likes" (5 total disagrees)
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κάρο με λαχανικά
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Μετά το 1957 η τοπική κυβέρνηση αποφάσισε να πάει με τα νερά τους, έθεσε κάποιους κανόνες και ενστερνίστηκε την εξωφρενική παράδοση.
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Οι εορταστικές εκδηλώσεις ξεκινούν γύρω στις 10 π.μ όταν οι συμμετέχοντες παραβγαίνουν για να αρπάξουν ένα χοιρομέρι καρφωμένο πάνω σε ένα γλιστερό στύλο.
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μουλιασμένοι στην τομάτα
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Μια δεύτερη κανονιά σηματοδοτεί το τέλος της μάχης.
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Entry #15635 — Discuss 0 — Variant: Not specified
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  • 1 user entered 3 "like" tags
  • 1 user agreed with "likes" (1 total agree)
  • 2 users disagreed with "likes" (4 total disagrees)
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συμπλοκών ντομάτας
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για μια άναρχη κλιμάκωση
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δυσάρεστη γεύση
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Entry #18215 — Discuss 0 — Variant: Not specified
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  • 3 users entered 3 "like" tags
  • 1 user agreed with "likes" (2 total agrees)
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πρώτη μοιραία ντομάτα
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πωλητές ντομάτας
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ντοματολουσμένοι
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Entry #21770 — Discuss 0 — Variant: Not specified
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  • 1 user entered 1 "like" tag
  • 4 users disagreed with "likes" (4 total disagrees)
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ψαλμοί
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Entry #17815 — Discuss 0 — Variant: Not specified
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