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    China’s exploding watermelon scandal
    May 18, 2011 12:15 pm by Leslie Hook
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    Housewives across China are fretting that their watermelons are not safe to eat after state media reported melons were being injected with a plant growth stimulant called forchlorfenuron, raising fears of yet another food safety scandal.

    “I don’t know what I can eat after this watermelon explosion event,” said one user on Sina’s microblog platform, which is China’s biggest online comment forum.

    Watermelons are ubiquitous in the Beijing summer, when most households keep a chilled melon in the fridge to alleviate the summer heat. But this year the innocuous fruit has given rise to its very own food safety scandal.

    In the city of Danyang, near Nanjing, watermelons planted across 115 acres of land split open after a heavy rainfall, state media reported. According to Wang Liangju, a professor at Nanjing Agricultural University who inspected the damaged crops last week, the melons burst open because a plant growth stimulant, forchlorfenuron, was applied too early in the growing cycle.
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    It's another one of Camping's signs of the End Times.
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    This is awful.
    Gallagher has made an entire career out of exploding watermelons with a hammer.
    Now the Chinese are growing exploding watermelons.

    What will he do for an act now?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Madisonian View Post
    This is awful.
    Gallagher has made an entire career out of exploding watermelons with a hammer.
    Now the Chinese are growing exploding watermelons.

    What will he do for an act now?
    Does anyone really care?
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    In hockey, it means you have to sit in the penalty box for five minutes.
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    Quote Originally Posted by djones520 View Post
    Does anyone really care?
    I am sure there are at least 2, but just like with starving children in China (more so now that watermelons have taken on this latest characteristic), damned if I could name them.

    I wonder if these new Chinese exploding watermelons are some form of new weapon. Imagine if they could send all there watermelons over here and get them to simultaneously explode. Entire cities could be destroyed.
    And if the can grow exploding watermelons, what is next? Potatoes, cucumbers or pineapples?
    We could be overrun by cheap Chinese produce all grown and genetically modified to be set for the same self destruct expiration date.

    Glad someone is keeping an eye on this.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Madisonian View Post
    I am sure there are at least 2, but just like with starving children in China (more so now that watermelons have taken on this latest characteristic), damned if I could name them.

    I wonder if these new Chinese exploding watermelons are some form of new weapon. Imagine if they could send all there watermelons over here and get them to simultaneously explode. Entire cities could be destroyed.
    And if the can grow exploding watermelons, what is next? Potatoes, cucumbers or pineapples?
    We could be overrun by cheap Chinese produce all grown and genetically modified to be set for the same self destruct expiration date.

    Glad someone is keeping an eye on this.
    Toss a penny down a flight of stairs. It'll be close enough. :D
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