Yam is the common name for some species in the psuedo tuber family of root vegitables. They are perennial herbaceous vines cultivated for the consumption of their starchy tubers in Africa, Asia, Latin America. A favorite of black people in the America South, Yams makes for my-t-fine cookin' if'n you ask us, you know what I am saying.
The first Yam was discovered in the shoe of Charles VII, whose manservant exclaimed, "Oi, there's a yam in the king's shoe!". Soon afterwards, yams were popping up all over the place. Why, you couldn't even go down to the liquor store at 2 AM without stepping on one. Then they'd get all in your face like "Hey, what are you stepping on me for? I oughtta sock you one!". Then you have to shoot them, because there's nothing worse than a yam getting in your face (except maybe 2 yams).
The evolution of the yam was first described by Clementine Attlee in 1949. Before that, yams were perilously lacking in descriptions of their evolution. In remembrance, yams celebrate Clementine Attlee Day whenever they get around to it, which is usually on New Year's Day. You probably haven't noticed the celebrating yams before because you've been too hung over.
The War of the Yams
Due to a misunderstanding involving the price of beef, two factions of yams declared war on each other on November 15, 1955. This war lasted about 20 minutes because, frankly, yams suck at fighting. The occasion is remembered occasionally by geeky yams who don't have anything better to do.
The events of this war were dramatized in the popular film The Silence of the Yams.
In the 1970s a great warrior yam emerged and single-handedly destroyed the whole Burmese army in 15 minutes. It was known as Yambo.
A yam will totally kick your ass if you call it a sweet potato. I'm not kidding. That Scrapperton guy still can't sit.
Yam is the top answer in Family Feud Online Party for the question - Name a food that is associated with the holidays that nobody likes. If not for yams, this questions would not exist. Either that or Brussel Sprouts would be the top answer which would really suck.
A strange phenomenon that has occurred recently with the advent of the Internet is a group of people who obsess over yams and even dress up as them. These are known as yammers. Mostly yammers just want to have sex with yams because they're a bunch of freaky fetishists.
In the mid-1980s the yam problem in New York City was so great that a group of unhygenic men in their 20s, known as the Yambusters, took it upon themselves to rid the city of all yams by means of small nuclear reactors. This resulted in countless mental birth defects in people born during that period, as can easily be seen today.
Yam soda was invented by Primus in the 1950s. While the public was initially skeptical that a soda made out of yams would taste any good, soon enough they remained skeptical. However, after an extensive marketing campaign, they continued to be skeptical. Les Claypool was sad.
As if yams needed another day, in 1999 the United States Congress made Yam Day an official holiday. On this day, March 17th, yams are celebrated and remembered for their achievements. Some people think this is not enough and declare, "Every day is Yam Day!" No one really listens to them, although their children have to follow along. Poor children.
Yams in popular culture
- The Silence of the Yams became one of the most popular films in the early twentieth century.
- In Kurt Vonnegut's 1959 book Fuck You You Fucking Fuck, the character Kilbush Cod is often seen in the company of yams.
- The band Broken Butt had a song on their album Please Don't Buy This entitled "I really have no opinion about yams."
- There was this one episode of "The Cosby Show" where Rudy was like "I don't like yams!" and then Bill Cosby said "Oh yeah well I don't like black people!" and it was so funny oh my God.
- Michael Bolton released a song called "Ooh Baby I Want Your Yams." It sucked.