2 real kumquats
An evil kumquat

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 worldwide.

History

Cheddargirl's signature before being "eaten" by an evil kumquat.

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.
[1]

The trend spread very quickly, and many signatures now mention kumquats.[2]

cheddargirl's story can be read in her studio here.

Scratch Website

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.[3][4][5][6][7] The accounts may say "I ate cheddargirl's siggy" or something similar. Some even post on the forums with their accounts[8] or 'communicate' with other kumquat accounts.[9]

Other Forms

A user who claims to have eaten the kumquat before it ate their signature

Some users reversed the trend, and said that their signature ate an evil kumquat.[10]

Scripts

Some 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

See Also

References

  1. cheddargirl. (29/9/14). "I just being too lazy to reconstruct the old sig I had from the 1.4 forums after the image hosting site I used was no longer supported, so I just went with the idea of blaming it all on an evil kumquat." https://scratch.mit.edu/discuss/topic/54048/?page=1#post-457346
  2. https://scratch.mit.edu/studios/505459/
  3. https://scratch.mit.edu/users/Evil_Kumquat/
  4. https://scratch.mit.edu/users/EvilKumquat/
  5. https://scratch.mit.edu/users/HonoraryEvilKumquat/
  6. https://scratch.mit.edu/users/Da-Evil-Kumquat-Lord/
  7. https://scratch.mit.edu/users/-EvilKumquat-/
  8. https://scratch.mit.edu/discuss/topic/54048/?page=1#post-455556
  9. https://scratch.mit.edu/studios/1955730/curators/
  10. https://scratch.mit.edu/discuss/topic/48141/?page=1#post-404420