Iceberg lettuce outlasts British Prime Minister Liz Truss

It seems that an iceberg has once again defeated a Brit. Much like the ill-fated Titanic, British Prime Minister Liz Truss was defeated by an iceberg – iceberg lettuce.

A week ago a Brit Tabloid pointed a webcam at a head of iceberg lettuce and asked a simple question: “Which head of wet lettuce lasts longer?” The left Daily Star referred to the tenure of Truss, who was already under increasing pressure to step down as prime minister.

The light-hearted gag captured the hearts and minds of internet citizens. Many have rooted for the vegetables.

In the end, the salad won. Truss announced her retirement Thursday after just 44 days at the job.

The webcam recording originally just added a framed photo of Truss next to a head of lettuce with googly eyes. As of this writing, the salad has been accompanied by a variety of fruits and vegetables and seems to have enjoyed a celebratory drink or three.

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“All hail the salad”, the Daily Star wrote after Truss resigned. At 44 days in office, Truss is the shortest tenure by a female prime minister in British history.

Although Truss’ downfall is serious business, many chose to simply roast her because she was defeated by a head of lettuce.

Puns and Titanic jokes were among the most popular reactions.

“That’s just the tip of the iceberg” was a common refrain.

“Liz Truss – gone. Lettuce – Romaine”, wrote @pandamoanimum.

Various unfavorable comparisons and memes filled the timeline.

Likewise, short-lived officer Anthony Scaramucci (remember him?) joked, “1 Scaramucci = carton of milk. 1 stalk = head of lettuce.”

A Chiron, spinning beneath the live footage of the iceberg head, proclaims, “This salad has outlasted Liz Truss.” It also adds that “the salad will each make a speech to the nation [to be confirmed].”

Unlike Liz Truss’ tenure, the lettuce appears to be alive for a few more days now on the seventh day.

“Chipped, bruised, starting to lose color a bit with the strain – but yes, the lettuce will last longer than Truss…” noticed @michaelsavage.

Some are now predicting that the lettuce will stay here, in spirit if perhaps not in flesh.

“It’s like, ‘Can Truss last a salad?’ will be one of those iconic memes that lives forever.” meant @Angry_Staffer.


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*Initial publication: October 20, 2022 at 9:27 am CDT

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