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An evil kumquat is a rumored creature which is commonly said to eat forum signatures. In reality, it was a joke started by Scratch Team member Cheddargirl. Kumquats are actually a fruit in the orange family native to China; today they are grown all across the world.
|Note:||Evil kumquats cannot eat signatures, because they are not real. You must "feed" your signature to one by changing it to a kumquat message.|
The trend was started in the Scratch 2.0 Beta by the Scratch Team member cheddargirl, who discovered that the image host that held her signature was no longer supported. Instead of rebuilding her old signature, she changed her signature to:
|“||Sadly, my signature was eaten by an evil kumquat.||”|
The trend spread very quickly, and about 215 signatures (0.017% of all signatures) mention kumquats.
cheddargirl's story can be read in her studio here.
This trend has also moved out of the forums to the Scratch Website, mostly in studios. Also, some Scratchers have created accounts called "EvilKumquat" or something else along those lines. The accounts may say "I ate cheddargirl's siggy" or something similar. Some even post on the forums with their accounts or 'communicate' with other kumquat accounts.
Some users reversed the trend, and said that their signature ate an evil kumquat.
ScriptsSome users make scripts about kumquats in their signatures using scratchblocks BBCode, such as:
when gf clicked forever if <I see a kumquat? :: #ff8c00> then Get rid of all kumquats :: custom stack End