#1000 Broccoflower

A few years ago I noticed something funny as I flipped through a grocery store flyer. On the produce page was an ugly, green-looking cauliflower, with the caption “$2.99! Broccoflower!” It was hilarious. A green cauliflower labelled as a Broccoflower. The bizarre misfit child from two of nature’s most hideous vegetables. The best part is that people usually don’t believe me when I mention it and, to top it off, I’ve never seen it advertised since — like the mutant Broccoflower was shunned by society and has since flown home.


Here we go again! Starting today we’ll be reposting all 1000 awesome things with new updates, contests, and stories from readers.

92 thoughts on “#1000 Broccoflower

  1. YAY!! I was a little groggy checking my email this morning & thought my eyes were deceiving me. I was never able to delete the last Awesome Thing email I got, & thought it somehow just was marked as unread or something. WELCOME BACK!!!

  2. Yaay yay yay!!! Thank goodness for fb letting us know when important things come back to life :D and this time i get to be here for the first 200 or so too!! Wooohoo!!! best way ever to wake a girl up!! Ever!!

    P.s ive yet to find this elusive vegetable but…one day I will and it’ll be awesome!!!!!

  3. Yay! I missed you. I discovered your blog in the middle of the countdown, so I’m happy to be able to start from the beginning. :)

  4. *le happy dance*

    It’s nice to open up your inbox and see something awesome there. I started reading the Awesome things when the first book came out two years ago, but I’m sure I missed a few. Glad these are getting re-sent to me!

    Broccoflowers. o_o The child of my two most hated vegetables.

  5. Awesome! I look forward again to your postings and comments. You truly make my day! LT

  6. I’ve been looking forward to the mysterious “special announcement” since its mention on April 19th, and I must say, this is actually very exciting news for me.

    I, like many others here, got into the game late (very late, around 80 or so) and was instantly enthralled. In fact, you’re one of the main inspirations for why I started my own blog!

    By now, I’ve already gone back and read most (if not all) of the older posts but I’m glad I can now see them as they’re being reposted and with all the new content!

    Thank you for this, Neil. :)

  7. This site has gotten me through some really rough days and helped me to truly appreciate life. I am so happy you are back, Neil :)

  8. I mean…..I mean….WOW. THANK YOU, NEIL!!!!!!!!!!! I’ve read most…but still, this is BEYOND AWESOME!!!!!!!!! YAYAYAYAYAYAY!

  9. It’s back! But no one is commenting about the broccoflower because they are all so excited. Seriously, has anyone else actually seen this stuff, because I haven’t.

    1. I still have yet to acknowlege that this thing actually exists. I haven’t seen one. I do believe in the broccoflower…. but a part of me is skeptic.

  10. You’re back! So glad to see this daily little positive energy ball in my inbasket every day. Congrats Neil, you deserve all the good stuff that’s happened to you. Enjoy the ride!

  11. oh, and by the way for all you non-fans – take broccoli or cauliflower, put it in a glass bowl with a little butter and salt, and microwave it for 3 min. It is 100x better than any broccoli I ever had before. I actually make that for a snack sometimes.Thx to sister-in-law for that tip!

  12. Groovy! 1000 Awesome Things has returned! This is my favorite blog ever. Counting down the simple joys of life is such a great idea.

  13. “Two of nature’s most hideous vegetables”

    They don’t really taste that bad, you know.

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