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There was a blooper in the Controversial Simpson's episode: "Bart Vs. Australia."
Bart mentions Vegemite Subs sold at "Subway." Well we only have a few outlets in Australia, well more nowadays,
and I have found out from sources that indeed there was no Vegemite Sub ever released.


From the website:

Vegemite is the brand name of a yeast extract chiefly utilized as a spread for toast and sandwiches in Australia and New Zealand. Invented in 1923 by Fred Walker and Dr. Cyril Callister, the dark brown, pasty substance that later became a Kraft Foods product appears to be an acquired taste and has never been lucratively promoted in other parts of the world. Its initial success in Australia is often attributed to early advertising efforts that focused upon the health benefits children receive from eating vegemite, which is rich in vitamins from the B group. Most Americans, however, first became acquainted with vegemite in the early 1980s when a reference to the spread was made by the Australian band Men at Work in their hit song "Down Under."

Swiss Alternative Found!
From A New Zealand forum

"One of our NZ readers informed us that you can get a brand called "Our Mate" which tastes just like Marmite, but not as sweet, or as our reader put it The big difference is that it doesn't have that horrible caramel flavour that all the other do!

You can get this amazing product at Woolworths. It should also be noted here that this variation of Marmite would seem to suit people recently arrived from the UK and already adapted to the Marmite there!!

Surely the original marmite was the blackened marrow from cooked bones. I agree though that modern stuff sold as marmite is completely vegetarian compatible.

To add another name to the debate. I discovered a Swiss? variant call Cenovit. Not perfect but a reasonable substitute. Anybody else know anything about this.

[No it isn't, it's cenovisse - Michael]

Vegemite Whoopie

Whooppie Goldberg once said in an interview on an
Australian daytime television talk show:

"Eating vegemite is like as tasting
"a car engine additive."

Vegemite Song references

Songs that refer to Vegemite:

by Men at work

(Americas Cup Australian Theme song)

"Buying bread from a man in Brussels
He was six foot four, and full of muscles
I said 'do you speak-a my language
He just smiled and gave me a Vegemite sandwich.

(Justin Warfield rapping)

"I got splinter, though damn, and man it hurt,
I got vegemite sandwich and man it worked.


"Carlton Vegemite Brew."

Found on the net:
Wes Rosenbaum (wrosenbaum) on Sun, 3 Nov 96 23:45 PST

Last year "The Age" newspaper here in Melbourne published a long article on Vegemite. And, indeed it is true, Vegemite is a beer brewing bi-product. Kraft Foods drive a tanker truck to Carlton & United brewery. They suck out the bottom sludge from the brewing vats.

Then, they drive the tankers to the Kraft factory in Port Melbourne. There, it seems, Kraft add a massive amount of salt and put the dark brown mix into jars.


"Englishman, Australian and an Irishman."

Three labourers were working on a skyscraper. There was an Australian, an Englishman, and an Irishman.

The Australian peeled open a sandwich. "Not bloody Vegemite again!" he said. "If I get Vegemite sandwiches again tomorrow I'll jump off this bloody building.

"The Englishmen opened his lunch. "Not cheese again! If I get these cheese sandwiches tomorrow, I'll jump with you.

"The Irishman opened his lunch. "Not jam again. If I get jam sandwiches again tomorrow, I'll jump too."

The next day the Australian took one look at his sandwiches. "Bloody Vegemite! That's it!" he shouted, and jumped off the building.

The Englishman opened his lunch. "Cheese!" he roared and he followed the Australian.

Very, very slowly the Irishman opened his lunch. "Oh no!" he exclaimed, "not jam again." and he jumped as well.

At the triple funeral the widows sobbed in each others' arms. "If only I'd known that he hated Vegemite," said the Australian widow."

I just didn't know he hated cheese so much," cried the Englishwoman.

The Irish widow was both upset and puzzled.

"I can't figure it out. Paddy always made his own lunch."