By Ian Froeb
on Fri, May 20, 2011 at 2:04 PM
This week's weirdest food news? The mystery of the exploding watermelons in China. The most likely culprit is the overuse of forchlorfenuron, a growth accelerator. Sadly -- for us, at least -- none of these explosions seem to have been captured on video.
Thankfully, YouTube is a treasure trove of videos of people blowing watermelons to pieces. Here are some of our favorites.
This first example, with its rockin' soundtrack, might be the most typical example of the exploding-watermelon genre:
More after the jump.
Why mess around with fireworks on the Fourth of July? Take some watermelons, add a little Halloween-style flair, and boom! (Skip to about 1:25 for the melons.)
Though blowing up a watermelon seems like a particularly American thing to do, the appeal is truly global:
Ever wonder what it might look like if the Bang Bros. filmed a watermelon explosion?
By far the best exploding-watermelon video is this one. I could watch this over and over and over again: