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What You Need To Know About The ‘No Pomegranates’ Viral Video



A Des Moines Area Community College professor shouting anti-pomegranate sentiments has gone viral on Twitter.

Tyler Wierson posted the video on social media Wednesday, and it has since been retweeted nearly 60,000 times and liked nearly 140,000 times as of Friday evening.

The 45-second video shows Jane Martino, a psychology professor at the Boone campus, screaming “no pomegranates!” to her students.

Even the best female gymnast in the world, Simone Biles, is talking about it, tweeting, “This is the funniest thing I’ve seen all month.”

KCCI visited her classroom Friday to get an up-close look at her eccentric teaching style, and students said they want people to understand the lesson behind the madness.

In the video, there is hardly any context as to why the professor is screaming, “No, no, no, no, no pomegranates!”

Martino isn’t really angry about the fruit. She’s using them to teach her students who are studying children’s psychology, demonstrating how not to teach children with negativity but rather teach them with love.

“I love DMACC and the reason I love DMACC is because of these beautiful students,” Martino said.

“Children aren’t going to listen if you’re screaming at them and adding all this extra junk in there,” sophomore Blake Aldridge said. “You should tell your children what you want them to do rather than what you don’t want them to do.”

In an exercise about the word “no,” Martino showed how it can sometimes be meaningless. She wanted to elicit some emotion from her sleepy class.


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