Visualising the TCM, or Thyme Creation Moment, has long been a dream of academics in the twin fields of Herbalism and Cosmology, such as Emeritus Professor of Herbalism and Cosmology, Andrew Knowlman, of Upper Poppleton University. In his recent book, A Brief History of Thyme , slated by the New York Times for being ‘intellectually devoid of new thinking and written by a plagiarising halfwit’, Professor Knowlman postulated that thyme either originates from Waitrose or a big bang.
Fascinatingly, yet perhaps not surprisingly, the image of the TCM originates from behind the former iron curtain. Professor Dimitar Berbatov of the Dalakchiyska Distant Outer Space Observatory, Plovdiv, Bulgaria said:
‘I was out in Sofia with a few mates, and Hristo pointed up in the sky. I got out my iPhone 4c and took this amazing photo of the TCM.’
Ever since the photo was released, Twitter has been going bananas. Leading academics have variously described the image of the TCM as awesome, beyond our wildest dreams, a fake and painted by a carer from Bulgaria in the care home where Professor Knowlman lives.
The image is of such significance that it has been added to the original text of A Brief History of Thyme.