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Watermelon Vandals Cause Big Damage to Drivers

One says she has a $1K bill

(Newser) - Police say vandals have been lobbing watermelons at cars in a Reno, Nevada, neighborhood. KOLO-TV reports that last night's vandalism happened in Angelique Ybarra's northwest Reno neighborhood. A watermelon dented the side of her car in July, and she says this new attack shattered glass and splattered fruit... More »

Black Writer Responds to Painful Watermelon Joke

Jacqueline Woodson says 'Lemony Snicket' author's line is born of 'ignorance'

(Newser) - After Jacqueline Woodson accepted her National Book Award in the category of young people's literature for Brown Girl Dreaming, emcee Daniel Handler—author of the Lemony Snicket books—went for a laugh. "Jackie’s allergic to watermelon,” he told the audience. “Just let that sink in... More »

Husband Charged After Knifing a Watermelon

Police say it was a threat against wife

(Newser) - A Connecticut man is facing charges over his carving of a watermelon—although police say it was his menacing intent that actually got him in trouble, reports the Republican American of Waterbury. Police say that Carmine Cervellino, 49, was angry at his soon-to-be-divorced wife because she told police he was... More »

Mayor Sent Email With White House Watermelons

Black recipient 'horrified' by joke

(Newser) - The white mayor of Los Alamitos, Calif., thought it would be funny to send an email to a black constituent that contained a photo of the White House with a watermelon patch in front. Now, of course, Dean Grose is deeply apologetic for his "poor judgment" and says he... More »

Watermelon: Nature's Viagra

Cool fruit just got hotter

(Newser) - New studies of the humble watermelon show it may pack a Viagra-like effect on men's blood vessels and increase libido. Watermelons are a primary source of the nutrient citrulline, which helps relax blood vessels, increasing blood flow in the body in much the same way Viagra does and with similar... More »

Japanese Melon Sells for $6K

Black delicacy is the first of the season

(Newser) - A rare black watermelon, one of 65 from Japan's first harvest of the year, sold for more than $6,000 at auction today, the AP reports. The Densuke melon has the distinction of being the most expensive of its kind in Japan, and probably the world, though the Guinness World... More »

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