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Date: 02/10/10 09:04 AM

99 Responses to Just When We Think Japan Has Gone Too Far… [Pic]

  1. Profile photo of Fancys_Asst
    Fancys_Asst Female 18-29
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    February 5, 2010 at 6:12 pm
    Link: Just When We Think Japan Has Gone Too Far... - they spit in Mother Nature`s face, reinvent a thousand-year-old fruit (approximately) and totally redeem themselves!
  2. Profile photo of DerkontheIAB
    DerkontheIAB Male 18-29
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    February 10, 2010 at 9:07 am
    I want one!
  3. Profile photo of Nurcowski
    Nurcowski Male 18-29
    264 posts
    February 10, 2010 at 9:08 am
    box-grown melons?
  4. Profile photo of MrsHoneyDew
    MrsHoneyDew Female 18-29
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    February 10, 2010 at 9:09 am
    They`re so shiny! It`s hard to believe they are real.
  5. Profile photo of Peveo4589
    Peveo4589 Male 18-29
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    February 10, 2010 at 9:13 am
    so cool.
  6. Profile photo of Renaud-
    Renaud- Male 18-29
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    February 10, 2010 at 9:15 am
    This is old...they`ve been doing that for almost 10 years now...Thay do it with many different shapes now,they just take metal boxes that has the shape they want the fruit to have and make it grow inside it...
  7. Profile photo of bellegrl507
    bellegrl507 Female 13-17
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    February 10, 2010 at 9:16 am
    makes easier packing!!!! so efficient...
  8. Profile photo of LandoGriffin
    LandoGriffin Male 30-39
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    February 10, 2010 at 9:17 am
    This isn`t anything new. I remember seeing pictures of these when I was a little kid, and it was like a "brain teaser" to ask us in school to figure out what advantages a square watermelon has. The answer was that they are easier to stack and won`t roll off the table.
  9. Profile photo of megavidiot
    megavidiot Male 30-39
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    February 10, 2010 at 9:18 am
    That picture is like 15 years old isn`t it?
  10. Profile photo of Gluggr
    Gluggr Male 18-29
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    February 10, 2010 at 9:20 am
    Those have been around for years now...
  11. Profile photo of Rheaonon
    Rheaonon Male 18-29
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    February 10, 2010 at 9:20 am
    old but still cool, they did this so that your watermelon fits in the fridge better. They use a series of boxes to shape them like that while the melons grow.
  12. Profile photo of goaliejerry
    goaliejerry Male 30-39
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    February 10, 2010 at 9:22 am
    They grow them in a box which shapes them so they can fit in the fridge. Not as high-tech as one might think.
  13. Profile photo of vegascartman
    vegascartman Male 30-39
    735 posts
    February 10, 2010 at 9:41 am
    "Those have been around for years now..."

    Decades actually. I first saw photos of these back in the 80s

  14. Profile photo of cobrakiller
    cobrakiller Male 18-29
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    February 10, 2010 at 9:48 am
    those are so awesome, i still havent seen one in real life yet though.
  15. Profile photo of Skooby_Doom
    Skooby_Doom Male 18-29
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    February 10, 2010 at 9:57 am
    At Epcot, Disney grows them in the shape of mouse heads.
  16. Profile photo of router52000
    router52000 Male 18-29
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    February 10, 2010 at 9:59 am
    Are you tired of your watermelon rolling off the table?
  17. Profile photo of bry27
    bry27 Male 30-39
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    February 10, 2010 at 10:00 am
    old
  18. Profile photo of Angelmassb
    Angelmassb Male 18-29
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    February 10, 2010 at 10:09 am
    Oh yeah so old, but I wonder what is next, Heart Shaped watermelons maybe??

    Oh cmon!

  19. Profile photo of dfcrackhead
    dfcrackhead Male 13-17
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    February 10, 2010 at 10:13 am
    yeah, they`ve been growing square watermelons for a long time now, they grow em in boxes
  20. Profile photo of starfl4ke
    starfl4ke Female 18-29
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    February 10, 2010 at 10:16 am
    They`re grown that way so they fit better and can transport more.
  21. Profile photo of RecycleElf
    RecycleElf Male 18-29
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    February 10, 2010 at 10:18 am
    old
  22. Profile photo of zmeace
    zmeace Male 18-29
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    February 10, 2010 at 10:23 am
    def old. this was on the simpsons so i have to say:

    SIMPSONS DID IT!

  23. Profile photo of RyanHake
    RyanHake Male 18-29
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    February 10, 2010 at 10:25 am
    Seen them, pretty cool though
  24. Profile photo of bored-am-I
    bored-am-I Male 30-39
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    February 10, 2010 at 10:35 am
    ...but will it blend?
  25. Profile photo of CrakrJak
    CrakrJak Male 40-49
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    February 10, 2010 at 10:55 am
    These are grown inside cubes, No genetic engineering involved.
  26. Profile photo of xxPinkxx
    xxPinkxx Female 18-29
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    February 10, 2010 at 10:56 am
    they can make all different kinds of shaped fruits now...
  27. Profile photo of binarystarr
    binarystarr Male 30-39
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    February 10, 2010 at 10:57 am
    thats excellent.
  28. Profile photo of wertfoo
    wertfoo Male 30-39
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    February 10, 2010 at 11:04 am
    lmao.this is not new.people have been growing fruits inside forms for shapes for a very long time.
  29. Profile photo of Nidonemo
    Nidonemo Male 18-29
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    February 10, 2010 at 11:08 am
    Much more efficient this way too! Stackable, easy to slice, and absolutely adorable! :D
  30. Profile photo of Yadarfyn
    Yadarfyn Female 18-29
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    February 10, 2010 at 11:09 am
    Wasn`t this around a couple of years ago..?
  31. Profile photo of aahhdude
    aahhdude Female 18-29
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    February 10, 2010 at 11:22 am
    makes it easier to store in the fridge!
  32. Profile photo of murrymalty
    murrymalty Female 18-29
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    February 10, 2010 at 11:24 am
    i always thought fruit came round, oval, or penis shaped
    now SQUARE!!!
  33. Profile photo of ardystic
    ardystic Male 18-29
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    February 10, 2010 at 11:26 am
    wow. those are the tightest plastic bags ever.

    *joke

  34. Profile photo of RobSwindol
    RobSwindol Male 30-39
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    February 10, 2010 at 11:32 am
    Those watermelons are the DEVIL!
  35. Profile photo of Mooshoo
    Mooshoo Male 30-39
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    February 10, 2010 at 11:37 am
    Ahm, these hit the market in 2001... so good job reminding us!
  36. Profile photo of xParanoia
    xParanoia Female 18-29
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    February 10, 2010 at 11:39 am
    Monk would be proud.
  37. Profile photo of matrixie
    matrixie Female 18-29
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    February 10, 2010 at 11:40 am
    I think it`s been around for a while yadarfyn.
    "In Japan, farmers of the Zentsuji region found a way to grow cubic watermelons, by growing the fruits in glass boxes and letting them naturally assume the shape of the receptacle. The square shape is designed to make the melons easier to stack and store, but the square watermelons are often more than double the price of normal ones. Pyramid shaped watermelons have also been developed and any polygonal shape may potentially also be used" (wikipedia)
  38. Profile photo of ElSombrero
    ElSombrero Male 13-17
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    February 10, 2010 at 11:44 am
    Yeah, they`re genetically made so that farmers can pack them better, ship them more efficiently and make more money... or something like that.
  39. Profile photo of RG900
    RG900 Male 18-29
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    February 10, 2010 at 12:04 pm
    haha i saw that b4 i really want one just play with it then eaat it AAAAH
  40. Profile photo of cheese6969
    cheese6969 Male 18-29
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    February 10, 2010 at 12:12 pm
    nothing new :( i was expecting more from you Japan, i am very disapointed
  41. Profile photo of Fatninja01
    Fatninja01 Male 30-39
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    February 10, 2010 at 12:15 pm
    square watermelons, whats next blue oranges :)
  42. Profile photo of PENtrap
    PENtrap Male 18-29
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    February 10, 2010 at 12:16 pm
    i here there planning on making soft drink cans the same, as Elsombero said, its more efficiant.
  43. Profile photo of Kanashto
    Kanashto Male 18-29
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    February 10, 2010 at 12:25 pm
    this is ooooooooooooooooooold.
  44. Profile photo of MYCHEMGIRL
    MYCHEMGIRL Female 13-17
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    February 10, 2010 at 1:02 pm
    This made me smile.
  45. Profile photo of TKD_Master
    TKD_Master Male 18-29
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    February 10, 2010 at 1:26 pm
    "square watermelons, whats next blue oranges :)"

    you realize they would be called blues, right?

  46. Profile photo of MrBowserPuff
    MrBowserPuff Male 13-17
    275 posts
    February 10, 2010 at 1:37 pm
    How does IAB not know about this yet? Hell, it was a key part of a Simpsons episode about ten years back.
  47. Profile photo of TheGax
    TheGax Male 18-29
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    February 10, 2010 at 1:49 pm
    TKD you just destroyed my universe
  48. Profile photo of johncrb
    johncrb Male 30-39
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    February 10, 2010 at 2:13 pm
    REPOST
  49. Profile photo of Shellie84
    Shellie84 Female 18-29
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    February 10, 2010 at 2:26 pm
    those things are like $200 a pop. I`ll stick to round ones for free thanks :)
  50. Profile photo of Jaydeejj
    Jaydeejj Female 70 & Over
    713 posts
    February 10, 2010 at 3:20 pm
    I like my melons round that you.
  51. Profile photo of Jaydeejj
    Jaydeejj Female 70 & Over
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    February 10, 2010 at 3:20 pm
    *thank
  52. Profile photo of turbotong
    turbotong Male 18-29
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    February 10, 2010 at 3:21 pm
    Hey, the simpsons had an episode with square watermelons in it. then again, south park showed that the simpsons already did everything
  53. Profile photo of ElMustache
    ElMustache Male 18-29
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    February 10, 2010 at 3:36 pm
    Science: Saying F*ck you nature since EVER.
  54. Profile photo of panth753
    panth753 Female 18-29
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    February 10, 2010 at 3:41 pm
    Seen it...
  55. Profile photo of obeydarklord
    obeydarklord Male 18-29
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    February 10, 2010 at 3:52 pm
    square watermelons AGAIN? ahhh i-a-b can`t we have some other japanese dish for lunch?
  56. Profile photo of felena
    felena Female 13-17
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    February 10, 2010 at 3:53 pm
    I want to get a whole bunch of these and stack them in my fridge.
  57. Profile photo of Alkerath
    Alkerath Female 18-29
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    February 10, 2010 at 3:54 pm
    Ahh, square watermelons :) Seen it before but it`s still pretty cool.

    I think it`s because they stack better like that... or something.

  58. Profile photo of Shokz
    Shokz Male 18-29
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    February 10, 2010 at 4:20 pm
    Is there anyone left in the world that HASN`T seen this pic? *sigh*
  59. Profile photo of SgtSmiley
    SgtSmiley Male 18-29
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    February 10, 2010 at 4:21 pm
    Wonder if they`re seedless?
  60. Profile photo of Skreshavik
    Skreshavik Female 18-29
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    February 10, 2010 at 4:25 pm
    I haven`t seen this before.
  61. Profile photo of jendrian
    jendrian Male 18-29
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    February 10, 2010 at 4:29 pm
    "Science: Saying F*ck you nature since EVER."

    Since when is growing watermelons in a box science? ...

  62. Profile photo of Paul1582
    Paul1582 Male 13-17
    670 posts
    February 10, 2010 at 4:29 pm
    Is there anyone left in the world that HASN`T seen this pic? *sigh*

    Me? I think cubey watermelons is awesome.

  63. Profile photo of razlem
    razlem Male 13-17
    533 posts
    February 10, 2010 at 4:35 pm
    Older than the internet. Literally.
  64. Profile photo of tuxman4
    tuxman4 Male 13-17
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    February 10, 2010 at 4:42 pm
    I think $80 for one of those watermelons is a little too much.
  65. Profile photo of pixiechick81
    pixiechick81 Female 30-39
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    February 10, 2010 at 4:45 pm
    I read somewhere that these puppies are $100 a pop
  66. Profile photo of Jonas999
    Jonas999 Male 30-39
    78 posts
    February 10, 2010 at 5:54 pm
    Square pig, now thats the ticket!
  67. Profile photo of icyfrresh
    icyfrresh Female 18-29
    68 posts
    February 10, 2010 at 6:26 pm
    This really IS older than the internet.. lol.
  68. Profile photo of dragosal
    dragosal Male 18-29
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    February 10, 2010 at 6:43 pm
    they`ve been doing this for decades. they just grown em in a box haha
  69. Profile photo of DeSheaaaaa
    DeSheaaaaa Female 18-29
    186 posts
    February 10, 2010 at 6:49 pm
    They look perfect and yummy... O_O
  70. Profile photo of handys003
    handys003 Male 50-59
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    February 10, 2010 at 6:55 pm
    grow them in a box huh! I`ve got to try that. That would sell good as a novelty.
  71. Profile photo of Tekno
    Tekno Female 30-39
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    February 10, 2010 at 7:06 pm
    I wonder if the plant had square roots...
  72. Profile photo of D3rAnG3d
    D3rAnG3d Male 18-29
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    February 10, 2010 at 7:29 pm
    square watermelons are lame... octagonal watermelon is where it`s at :P
  73. Profile photo of RAGEMONSTER
    RAGEMONSTER Male 18-29
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    February 10, 2010 at 8:33 pm
    1000 year old?...Actually the first recorded watermelon harvest occurred nearly 5,000 years ago in Egypt and is depicted in Egyptian hieroglyphics on the walls of their ancient buildings. Watermelons were often placed in the burial tombs of kings to nourish them in the afterlife.
  74. Profile photo of deathxtra
    deathxtra Male 13-17
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    February 10, 2010 at 8:36 pm
    that`s amazing.
  75. Profile photo of aCcuser
    aCcuser Male 18-29
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    February 10, 2010 at 8:37 pm
    I read that those watermelons are made like that to conserve space in the refrigerator.
  76. Profile photo of Salted_Eggs
    Salted_Eggs Male 18-29
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    February 10, 2010 at 8:58 pm
    You`d be right aCcuser, I read the same thing, though I can`t be arsed right not to google for it.
  77. Profile photo of Salted_Eggs
    Salted_Eggs Male 18-29
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    February 10, 2010 at 8:58 pm
    now*
  78. Profile photo of KeVsTeR2475
    KeVsTeR2475 Male 13-17
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    February 10, 2010 at 9:01 pm
    how far behind is i-a-b now? i swear this kind of watermelon has been out for YEARS
  79. Profile photo of greenspark82
    greenspark82 Female 18-29
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    February 10, 2010 at 9:23 pm
    I want to taste that!
  80. Profile photo of LazyMe484
    LazyMe484 Male 18-29
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    February 10, 2010 at 9:50 pm
    Someone might have already said this, (but I don`t read the comments so w/e),

    Those are made by placing the melon in a wooden box so that it grows into a square shape.

  81. Profile photo of Lolboy
    Lolboy Male 70 & Over
    798 posts
    February 10, 2010 at 11:19 pm
    Come on IAB, really? *facepalm*
  82. Profile photo of chrees516
    chrees516 Male 18-29
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    February 11, 2010 at 12:07 am
    these things... they`re just Wonka
  83. Profile photo of k10josumm
    k10josumm Male 18-29
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    February 11, 2010 at 1:43 am
    its okay.. only about ten years behind IAB
  84. Profile photo of Frogtango
    Frogtango Male 13-17
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    February 11, 2010 at 2:10 am
    you can get them heart shaped. >.>
  85. Profile photo of Afrokmas
    Afrokmas Male 18-29
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    February 11, 2010 at 2:15 am
    squares?
  86. Profile photo of SilverThread
    SilverThread Male 30-39
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    February 11, 2010 at 5:04 am
    Humans will be grown this way too some day.
  87. Profile photo of GreenMonstR
    GreenMonstR Male 18-29
    58 posts
    February 11, 2010 at 5:14 am
    lol thats been around for ages people....
  88. Profile photo of Khronnus
    Khronnus Male 18-29
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    February 11, 2010 at 6:31 am
    They just grow them in a glass container. You can see videos of it on youtube. Older than gods dog.
  89. Profile photo of massivekiduk
    massivekiduk Male 30-39
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    February 11, 2010 at 7:41 am
    squellons
  90. Profile photo of PENtrap
    PENtrap Male 18-29
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    February 11, 2010 at 9:10 am
    wasnt this like 2003? they do it with coke cans too. less package waist..
  91. Profile photo of acanatane
    acanatane Female 18-29
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    February 11, 2010 at 5:30 pm
    http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3048/2769... they do it wth loads of things
  92. Profile photo of adaedwar
    adaedwar Male 18-29
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    February 11, 2010 at 11:44 pm
    Just a more easily stored watermelon. I think they should do it over here personally. Better for a microfridge haha.
  93. Profile photo of wereallboned
    wereallboned Male 18-29
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    February 12, 2010 at 2:26 pm
    just when? thats a joke rite this has been around forever...
  94. Profile photo of twitchy11B
    twitchy11B Male 18-29
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    February 12, 2010 at 9:50 pm
    i saw this on, i think, modern marvels. their appartments are so small that most ppls fridges are also very small. there for a square watermellen that can be tucked into the corner is very marketable. quite smart if you ask me. they make them that way simply by puting the young mellons in the boxes and letting them grow against the sides.
  95. Profile photo of lightbluenym
    lightbluenym Female 18-29
    272 posts
    February 12, 2010 at 9:54 pm
    Want.
  96. Profile photo of Supersyko
    Supersyko Male 18-29
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    February 28, 2010 at 10:40 am
    Easier to stack, eaisier to store, takes up less space.
  97. Profile photo of Yehia
    Yehia Male 18-29
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    September 21, 2010 at 5:33 am
    Makes sense but is it safe?
  98. Profile photo of outdoorMINER
    outdoorMINER Female 18-29
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    July 28, 2011 at 5:54 am
    :O!

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