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2 real kumquats

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 all across the world.


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 their 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.

– Cheddargirl's Signature

The trend spread very quickly, and about 0.017% of all signatures (215 signatures in total) mention kumquats.[citation needed] You can read cheddargirl's story in her studio that can be found here.


This trend has also moved to the Scratch Website, mostly in studios. Also, some Scratchers make accounts called "EvilKumquat" or something similar.[1] The accounts may say "I ate cheddargirl's siggy" or something similar. Some even post on the forums with their accounts or 'communicate' with other kumquat accounts.


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


Some users make scripts about kumquats in their signatures using the [scratchblocks] BBCode, such as:

when gf clicked
if <I see a kumquat?> then
Get rid of all kumquats


The act of placing a kumquat message in your signature is occasionally called "kumquatting."[citation needed]

See also

— Another popular trend


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