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:Megan: But my question is, why did thy call it "Edible Arrangements" and not "Vore of the Roses"?
:Megan: But my question is, why did they call it "Edible Arrangements" and not "Vore of the Roses"?
:[Pan to just Megan. Megan turns to face Cueball]
:[Pan to just Megan. Megan turns to face Cueball]

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Edible Arrangements
Any arrangement is an edible arrangement if you're hungry enough.
Title text: Any arrangement is an edible arrangement if you're hungry enough.


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Edible Arrangements is a company that sells fruit, and other edible items that have been cut and arranged to look like flower bouquets. They can be ordered and sent to a given recipient for a variety of purposes. Flower arrangements are typically not eaten.[citation needed]

In the first panel, Cueball seems to find the concept incongruous, and wonders how it came about. Megan points out the easy answer: picking out a gift for someone (i.e. for Christmas, which this comic was released two days before) can be difficult, but a tasteful meal is always welcome so long as it's something the recipient can eat safely, and the visual appearance of an edible arrangement offers further appeal.

Shortly afterwards, Megan uses the same incongruity of eating a floral arrangement to make puns. Vore of the Roses is a play on the War of the Roses, either the English civil war or the 1989 movie of the same name. Vore is most likely referring to Vorarephilia, an erotic desire to be eaten by, or to eat, another person, which is often called vore in slang, or simply to being voracious. This indicates that the items in the arrangement have a strong desire to be eaten.

Cueball is disturbed by the thought (or perhaps disturbed that Megan would anthropomorphize her food so) and says he will cancel the edible arrangement that he had bought for Megan. She tries to convince him otherwise by providing alternate puns, which are evidently not any more to his liking. Mouth Blossoms, Juicy Bouquet, and Oral Floral are all combinations referencing the eating of a floral arrangement.

The title text also makes reference to the fact that many flowers that are often found in floral arrangements, such as roses, violets, tulips, daisies, lavender and many more, are items that a human can eat. Such flowers are safe to consume, but usually unappetizing; Randall makes the point that if a person is sufficiently hungry (and thus doesn't care how appetizing their meal is), any floral arrangement can be eaten in the same was as an edible arrangements.


[Cueball and Megan are sitting on opposite sides of a leafless tree. They are silhouetted.]
Cueball: I don't get how Edible Arrangements is a thing.
[Zoomed in on Cueball and Megan leaning against the tree]
Megan: That's easy — picking out presents is hard and fruit is delicious.
Cueball: Yeah, true.
[Megan gestures with an open hand]
Megan: But my question is, why did they call it "Edible Arrangements" and not "Vore of the Roses"?
[Pan to just Megan. Megan turns to face Cueball]
Cueball: Just for that, I'm going to cancel the one I got you.
Megan: Nooo! I want my Mouth Blossoms!
Megan: My Juicy Bouquet! My Oral Floral!
Megan: Hey, come back!

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This reads like a tumblr shitpost rather than a xkcd comic shudders How often do typos show up in XKCD comics ("Edible Arrangements is a thing" versus "Edible Arrangements are a thing")? Capncanuck (talk) 20:36, 23 December 2019 (UTC)

It's not a typo. Randall is referring to the concept of Edible Arrangements, not a collection of edible arrangements. 20:56, 23 December 2019 (UTC)
I see what you mean. Should there have been quotes around the terms in the first panel then? Capncanuck (talk) 20:58, 23 December 2019 (UTC)
Nevermind, it's a company name. no quotes needed. Capncanuck (talk) 21:04, 23 December 2019 (UTC)

"Any arrangement is an edible arrangement if you're hungry enough." - and you have enough mustard. Happy Winter Solstice Everyone! 07:48, 24 December 2019 (UTC)

Any reason to assume a connection to vorarephilia rather than the common suffix "-vore" for "eating" or "swallowing", as in carnivore, herbivore, insectivore, etc. (and obviously the non-philia part of vorarephilia)? "Vore" may get used as slang/abbreviation for vorarephilia, but in this context I'd have thought the suffix was more the intent. I, at least, was unaware of the slang; possibly Randall was too, but I'd claim the philia is a bit obscure compared with the "vore" etymology. I wouldn't want to "correct" this without someone having the chance to make the argument the other way, though. Fluppeteer (talk) 11:55, 24 December 2019 (UTC)

Yes, I'm amused by (though am not necessarily disputing) the assertion that vore is "often" used as slang for vorarephilia. I've not encountered situations where a shortened version is needed to keep conversation flowing smoothly. 12:37, 24 December 2019 (UTC)Pat
The term "vore" is used in various search engines, since "vorarephilia" is difficult to spell. The Second Life platform has several areas where avatars can participate in "vore" simulations. (It's a bit disconcerting to stumble across these things...) 13:37, 24 December 2019 (UTC)
It does seem to be the primary use of "vore" as a stand-alone word, I'd just assumed that Randall thought he was coining the use as part of his pun. Search engines (with some trepidation) do seem to offer the "-vore" suffix as well. Not to try to appropriate the word from the vore community... Oh well, I learnt something, but I still think anthropomorphizing a flower arrangement in order to make the interpretation make sense is a reach.Fluppeteer (talk) 17:40, 24 December 2019 (UTC)
Vorarephilia (vore) is a reasonably established/famous Weird Internet Thing. I'd be astonished if Randall wasn't aware of that usage of the term. --Anomylous (talk) 01:00, 25 December 2019 (UTC)
I wasn't (vorarephilia, yes; term, no), but then there are a lot of memes I don't know about - like I said, I learned something, which happens with the best of Randall's comics and this site. No objection to the version at time of writing (mentioning both), anyway.Fluppeteer (talk) 11:09, 27 December 2019 (UTC)
I wonder how long ago the word "vore" was coined that way. Back in the 90's a friend of mine was in a local metal band called "Vore" but they always explained it using the word "Carnivore". Maybe there was something I never knew about them... 23:04, 13 January 2020 (UTC)

The opening scenes of Roger Corman's original "Little Shop of Horrors" has a customer order a floral arrangement, and leaves the shop eating the blossoms. 13:37, 24 December 2019 (UTC)

Aren't flowers meant for decoration sprayed with insecticides/fungicides etc. not fit for consumption? So the flower itself might be edible, the various 'icide's aren't. (Though of course literally anything can be eaten at least once in a lifetime) -- 19:32, 24 December 2019 (UTC)

Wouldn't that be similar to how you are expected to wash fruit and vegetables before eating to remove pesticides? -- Hkmaly (talk) 00:58, 27 December 2019 (UTC)

Any idea if "Juicy Bouquet" rhymes better in Randallesian dialect than it does in mine? (Where "Oral Floral" definitely does well on that score.) It seems too close to be not intended to have that effect, yet too far away in my accent to come 'naturally'. (I find it far more convenient to mispronounce "Juic(+a+)y" to match "Bouquet" than to match "Bouque(>y<)" to any halfway normal "Juicy". And there seems no obvious middle-ground to send both to.) 01:25, 25 December 2019 (UTC)

Is it clear from the date that this is about Christmas presents, so that this should be included in the Christmas category? --Kynde (talk) 22:06, 25 December 2019 (UTC)

"Juicy bouquet" could be a play on the "Juicy Couture" brand name as opposed to any sort of rhyming attempt. 14:59, 26 December 2019 (UTC)

Randall has referenced vore before, six years ago in comic 471: Aversion Fads, that reference to the Lion and the Mouse was not about bondage and that explanation could use an update.--Sillvy (talk) 9:45, 27 December 2019 (UTC)

Within the furry fandom vore has it's own meaning that's neither a suffix nor a philia, sort of a convince the guardian spirit to take the being between you and the world thing literally thing.
During the aversion fad time protecting the fandom's reputation and not mentioning the weird stuff was a big deal. Now that that is over, mentioning the weird stuff, particularly vore, is a furry in-joke.

Is it just me that thinks "Oral flora" and "Mouth bouquet" both sound like euphemisms for oral thrush or similar? --OliReading (talk) 10:56, 11 January 2020 (UTC)

Given how these names she comes up with sound vaguely like they could be some sort of sexual euphanism (which should be mentioned in the explanation, as it would greatly contribute to why the other guy is unhappy with it), I suspect the title text is rather a modification of a certain other more explicitly dirty phrase that was a bit of a meme at one point "Anything is a ***** if you're brave enough". I think you can probably guess what the "*****" is.-- 09:34, 30 January 2020 (UTC)