A Krang, a Shredder, and multiple papayae

Back in the day, journalists vied with one another to see who could slip the phrase "as if by an occult hand" past their copy editors and into publication. Today, a recently published paper I read has me wondering if food scientists are starting to try to sneak Ninja Turtles references into their publications.

In 2014, The Journal of Horticultural Science and Biotechnology published a paper entitled,

Assessment of three green papaya (Carica papaya Linn.) cultivars (‘Krang’, ‘Kaek Noul’, and ‘Kaek Dum’) for use as shredded fruit

Did you catch that? Shredded fruit? Who's doing all this "shredding" of "Krang"? Is it... SHREDDER!? I'm also pretty certain that "Kaek Noul" and "Kaek Dum" were the birth names of Bebop and Rocksteady, respectively.

The article has some fascinatingly telling phrases, such as, "few data confirm that ‘Krang’ papaya is suitable for processing into shreds." Swap some ellipses into that sentence and you have yourself, "few data confirm that ‘Krang’... is suitable for... shreds." Shreds being the adorable pet name Krang had for Shredder off camera.

Also, there was, "‘Krang’ flesh shreds showed larger cells," which is pretty self explanatory!

And the article also goes on to quote Raphael's classic catchphrase from episode 34 almost verbatim, "fruit flesh shreds of ‘Kaek Noul’ and ‘Kaek Dum’ scored higher than those of ‘Krang’ in a trained, ten-person panel test on a nine-point hedonic scale for overall acceptance!" Come on, guys, you're not even trying to hide it anymore!

So, let's keep this thing going! If you're a scientist and someday soon find yourself teetering on the eve of a paper submission, your ultimate goal must be to sneak in as many TMNT references as scientistly possible. Here are some suggestions,

  • "...that concluded in the month of April [O'Neil et al., 1989]."
  • "...and the morphology of individual droplets splinter into various subcategories, named after notable Renaissance-era turtles."
  • "As previously discussed, the strata formations were simultaneously tubular and cowabunga."