- Many tweets came with Forrest Gump references
- He and his wife have been tested positive for Coronavirus
- Tom Hanks and his wife are currently in Australia
Tom Hanks, isolated in Australia with COVID-19, is being fed Down Under's national dish - Vegemite on toast. The Forrest Gump actor has been keeping fans updated via Twitter ever since he was diagnosed with the Coronavirus; his latest tweet, however, has prompted a flood of Aussie advice. The tweet - a message of thanks to those helping care for Tom Hanks - his wife Rita Wilson is also Coronavirus positive - was accompanied by a picture of a tube of Vegemite and a plate of toast spread with it. Vegemite, a yeast extract, is the Australian version of Marmite and popular to the point of being an obsession in the country. Tom Hanks, it appears, has not nailed the Aussie way of eating Vegemite on toast. To be clear, his toast is spread with too much Vegemite.
First, Tom Hanks' tweet:
Thanks to the Helpers. Let's take care of ourselves and each other. Hanx pic.twitter.com/09gCdvzGcO— Tom Hanks (@tomhanks) March 15, 2020
The comments thread on his tweet is full of helpful responses from Australians giving Tom Hanks Vegemite advice. "The secret to Vegemite toast is 1/3 Vegemite and 2/3 butter maximum," apparently. "Tom, what are you doing? No Australian puts that much Vegemite on his toast," read another response. Tom needs to scrape 60% of the Vegemite off, it seems. Read the responses here:
Dear Tom, that's lovely but you spread the vegemite way too thick! The secret to vegemite toast is 1/3 vegemite to 2/3 butter maximum! And add smashed avocado for extra awesomeness.— Jane Caro (@JaneCaro) March 15, 2020
okay you need to scrape around 60% of that vegemite off, otherwise it's gonna be nasty and hurt your mouth friend.— Amy Thunig (@AmyThunig) March 15, 2020
Ok. Tom... 1) Not THAT much Vegemite. 2) You need a bit of butter or margarine on the toast first. 3) Aussies - Vegemite tips for Tom #vegemitetipsfortom— adgreement (@adgreementcom) March 15, 2020
Dear Mr Hanks,— Peter Murphy (@PeterWMurphy1) March 15, 2020
Re: Use of Vegemite.pic.twitter.com/Krln7QzTYG
Mate. The #coronavirus is not going to getcha, that Vegemite will. That is expert level vegemite spreading. You need to start with waaaay less than that!!! Hope you are OK (for both reasons, virus and vegemitus)— Dr. Sonia Fullerton o (@sonialf) March 15, 2020
Tom please ask someone at the hospital how to use vegemite at non-hazardous levels.— Rachael Lonergan (@RachaelHasIdeas) March 15, 2020
Treat vegemite like wasabi. Spread thinly— Christopher Johnson (@Dream_Brother_) March 15, 2020
Tom, with all due respect NOBODY uses that much vegemite. I'm sure you're getting a little down but Don't give up, death by vegemite is not how we want to see you leave us.pic.twitter.com/1kud0Lhl5T— Claire (@clairebear_mwah) March 15, 2020
Our favourite response is this one, a riff on Tom Hanks' "life is like a box of chocolates" line from Forrest Gump:
'Life is like a tube of Vegemite. Don't try it all at once.'— Sally Sara (@sallyjsara) March 15, 2020
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