7 Foods That Don’t Look At All Like Tom Hanks

By Jason Giltner


1. Watermelon!

Have you ever looked at a watermelon and thought it looked like Tom Hanks? Probably not. Watermelons are green and Tom Hanks is more of a light beige.

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2. Flaxseed!

We know what you’re thinking: “flaxseed actually does look a bit like Tom Hanks”. But you’re wrong. Look closer. Each individual flaxseed is too oblong to look like Tom Hanks. Even if you were to gather a large number of flaxseeds and arrange them in the right shape, the variance of flaxseed color would prevent the collective mass from looking like Tom Hanks. His skin is too silky – his aura too wholesome.

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3. Stir Fry!

According to gossip websites, Tom Hanks’ favorite food is gyros. Not stir fry. The only main ingredient shared between gyros and stir fry is onions, but onions are in everything. Have you ever noticed that onions are in everything? Below, we go deep into the history of onion farming, how modern agriculture has affected the onion business model, and why, as a result, stir fry cannot possibly look like Tom Hanks.

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4. Skirt Steak!

Skirt steak is generally prepared medium rare and sliced vertically into thin strips. Tom Hanks is not medium-rare red just as he was not watermelon green. He is medium-well at best. Additionally, his entire body is continuous and not sliced vertically in any areas.

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5. Asparagus!

Many people do, in fact, look like asparagus – but not Tom Hanks. For one, Tom Hanks doesn’t have the same ruffled spear look above his shoulders. Nor does he give off a luminous green glow when baked at 400 degrees for six minutes.

Help! Please! This list is getting increasingly difficult to write. It turns out that a lot of foods kind of look like Tom Hanks. Buttered toast. Cashews. Unripened oranges. Pancakes. Fried shrimp. Peanut Butter.

6. Pico de Gallo!

Not only does Tom Hanks not look like pico de gallo, but a friend of mine served Tom Hanks at a Mexican restaurant and said that Tom Hanks specifically requested there be no cilantro in his meal. Apparently, he hates cilantro. Cilantro is one of the main ingredients in pico de gallo, so that must mean something, right?

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7. Pistachio Gelato!

Gelato – an Italian-style ice cream made from milk, cream, and sugar – looks nothing like Tom Hanks. Specifically, pistachio gelato looks nothing like Tom Hanks. As was mentioned with watermelon, Tom Hanks is not green, but a light beige. Additionally, while gelato shares the smooth, creamy features of Tom Hanks, the visible density of gelato veers it far from the light, airy features of Tom Hanks.

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I thought of one more food that does look like Tom Hanks. Potatoes – Gold Yukon specifically.

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