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Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Watch Out, Watermelon: Heat Wave Threatens Giant Melons

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The New York Times reports that the hot, dry summer is threatening this year's watermelon crop in Hope, Arkansas. Along with being the hometown of Bill Clinton and Mike Huckabee, the small town was also home to the world's largest recorded watermelon -- a 268-pound, 8-ounce beast grown in 2005. Record-holding farmer Lloyd Bright is concerned that the heat wave will wilt his crop, while boosting his competition from states like Michigan.

Concerned about honeybee populations? The Los Angeles Times shares some honey-friendly tourism, including a Denver hotel aiming to have 140,000 bees in their rooftop hives by the end of summer. The Brown Palace Hotel and Spa is looking for a name for their palatial hives. Come up with the winning name, and you can stay like a queen bee for two nights.

It's not just fast food making Americans unhealthy. According to Slashfood, Health magazine lists Native American fry bread on its list of the 50 fattiest foods in America. The fried dough was originally a product of government intervention. When relocated to reservations and deprived of their staple foods (buffalo, deer), they were given rations of flour, salt and lard. Ironic, isn't it?

Want real Chinese food instead of the Americanized fried and greasy stuff we're used to? Chinese-American food historian Andrew Coe tells The Atlantic the subtle signals diners can send to get the real deal when another round of beef and broccoli just won't do.

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