Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Attack of the Killer Watermelons

I was watching a local news program and saw this story. It was too weird to go without comment.

The bad news is field after field of watermelons are exploding on farms in eastern China. So far, the exploding watermelons have been localized around Danyang City in China's Jiangsui province. The good news is China has taken the lead in the development of weaponized fruit. It appears to be a case of overuse of the growth chemical forchlorfenuron. The melons were exploding in a cloud of flying pips, pink pulp and shards of rind. An investigation has been launched to find the exact cause of this fruity mayhem, however Gallagher was unavailable for comment, just stating he had an alibi.

About 20 farmers around Danyang city in Jiangsu province were affected, losing up to 115 acres (45 hectares) of melon. A CCTV report described the watermelons as "land mines" and said they were exploding by the acre (hectare) in the Danyang area.

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