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Japanese Watermelon June 30, 2008

Posted by goodmind in Attribute Dependency.
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The novelty of the square watermelon is of course, an Attribute Dependency change.  The story behind the square watermelon is just as interesting;

Japanese grocery stores had a problem. They are much smaller than their  US counterparts and therefore don’t have room to waste. Watermelons, big and round, wasted a lot of space. Most people would simply tell the grocery stores that watermelons grow round and there is nothing that can be done about it. But some Japanese farmers took a different approach.  ”If the supermarkets want a space efficient watermelon,”  they asked themselves, “How can we provide one?” It wasn’t long before they invented the square watermelon.

The solution to the problem of round watermelons wasn’t nearly as difficult to solve for those who didn’t assume the problem was impossible to begin with and simply asked how it could be done. It turns out that all you need to do is place them into a square box when they are growing and the watermelon will take on the shape of the box.

Read more about the lessons of the square watermelon at Hard Knox Life.  Or, learn how to grow them yourself here.  We don’t suggest trying to buy one, as they cost about 10,000 yen ($90).

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1. wannylatbew - August 3, 2008

Very nice!!

2. Drusilla - May 2, 2013

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