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My watermelon EXPLODED!

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My watermelon EXPLODED!

So I bought a watermelon from a T&T store about a couple of weeks ago and when I got home I put it on the floor in my kitchen and had forgotten about it until yesterday.

When I went to lift it up to cut it open to eat, it blew up! :-0 Not crack open, but literally exploded like it was an artillery shell and the insides flew everywhere! Took me a friggin hour to clean everything up and the smell is still kind of present in my kitchen.

So what happened?? :confused: Did my watermelon build up gas and finally couldn't take it and exploded or something? This never happened to me before with watermelons. Now not only did I not get to experience the sweet, tastiness of that watermelon, but I had to clean up a mess and $4.50 went down the drain. :cry:
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Next time take pics of the aftermath.
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That's a new one on me.

Did the insides start to dissolve? I've seen watermelon that's expired and the whole thing just shrivels up.
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Hey! Mine did that a while back too. Except we didn't try to move it, we were just near it and then there was a bubbling sound, a seam opened up in the skin and out poured liquid. Smelled really bad.

The only explanation I got was that the fruit had fermented inside, the pressure builds up with the gases released by the bacteria fermenting it. I think the skin may also get weakened in the process which would explain the papery skin on my watermelon, and the reason why a seam appeared in it.

It happens sometimes apparently. I told my parents that the Watermelon "Exploded" and they just shrugged. Guess its nothing new to them.
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hellodan wrote:
Oct 7th, 2008 8:48 am
Hey! Mine did that a while back too. Except we didn't try to move it, we were just near it and then there was a bubbling sound, a seam opened up in the skin and out poured liquid. Smelled really bad.

The only explanation I got was that the fruit had fermented inside, the pressure builds up with the gases released by the bacteria fermenting it. I think the skin may also get weakened in the process which would explain the papery skin on my watermelon, and the reason why a seam appeared in it.

It happens sometimes apparently. I told my parents that the Watermelon "Exploded" and they just shrugged. Guess its nothing new to them.
That sounds disgusting. Must have been super nasty to clean up. What a waste of perfectly good fruit! :twisted:

My only question is how the OP managed to forget a watermelon that was sitting on the kitchen floor!
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Probably exploded for the same reason Whales explode, because of gas building up inside or something.

At least your aftermath wasn't as hard to clean up as that. Haha. :D
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LoL...your watermelon was backed up ^^

stroke it a bit next time ;)
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lol happened to me before too.

maybe they genetically modified it too much.
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Carpe Diem wrote:
Oct 7th, 2008 8:08 am
Next time take pics of the aftermath.
If it happens again, (I hope it doesn't) I'll be sure to do so. It was a big watermelon and I couldn't believe the explosion and mess it made. :mad:
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Oct 7th, 2008 8:34 am
That's a new one on me.

Did the insides start to dissolve? I've seen watermelon that's expired and the whole thing just shrivels up.
That's what I saw. The top part of the watermelon kind of shrivelled up and when I touched it, it was kinda watery.
hellodan wrote:
Oct 7th, 2008 8:48 am
The only explanation I got was that the fruit had fermented inside, the pressure builds up with the gases released by the bacteria fermenting it. I think the skin may also get weakened in the process which would explain the papery skin on my watermelon, and the reason why a seam appeared in it.
Seems like that what happened. When it exploded, there was a ton of juice and chunks going everywhere and alot of watery stuff at the bottom of what was left of the watermelon.

I guess I kinda know how bomb disposal guys feel like now when something explodes in their faces!
funkyfr3sh_ wrote:
Oct 7th, 2008 9:09 am
That sounds disgusting. Must have been super nasty to clean up. What a waste of perfectly good fruit! :twisted:

My only question is how the OP managed to forget a watermelon that was sitting on the kitchen floor!
I had put the watermelon in a corner of my kitchen and though it wasn't hidden, it was out of the line of sight if you just walked into the kitchen normally. And then I just forgot about it and now it went off. And I agree it was a waste of good fruit. :(
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It rotted. It didn't explode it was just so rotten that the skin was very thin and when you touched it it came apart. There is a certain pressure within the rotting melon and that made it seem like it exploded.
Two weeks on your floor and who knows how long in the store, not much of a surprise that it happened. It may have lasted longer if it was refrigerated.
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Watermelons have a lot of sugar and ferment easily. When I was a kid I once poked a water melon with a needle. Half a day later it was wheezing liquid and gas and made a mess...

That's hilarious though.
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Picture of mine (: a while back.

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Notice the amount of juice and pieces around it. Note that it wasn't even touched by anyone. The smell that filled the room smelled somewhat of slightly burnt eraser bits (rubberish) mixed with something that smelled just a tad bit like propane. The liquid was gooey and the skin of the watermelon felt more like a deflated basketball than anything.

But yeah, there u are! Beware of exploding/fermenting watermelons (:
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MaximDude wrote:
Oct 7th, 2008 7:56 am
So I bought a watermelon from a T&T store about a couple of weeks ago ......... Now not only did I not get to experience the sweet, tastiness of that watermelon, but I had to clean up a mess and $4.50 went down the drain. :cry:
A couple of weeks ago!!!?? I don't think you're supposed to wait that long to eat watermelon especially since it was sitting out.

My sister forgot about her watermelon in the garage this past summer, but fortunately no explosion. It was soft and you could hear the water content squishing around like a bucket of water. It went straight into the garbage can.

I feel bad for you, not for losing $4.50, but for having to clean up that mess. It must have been gross!!
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Oy! Refrigerate People! With all of todays food borne illnesses you really must be diligent about these things. Very few things should not be refrigerated (tomatoes, potatoes, onions, etc) so when it doubt put things in the fridge.
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dighn wrote:
Oct 7th, 2008 6:54 pm
Watermelons have a lot of sugar and ferment easily. When I was a kid I once poked a water melon with a needle. Half a day later it was wheezing liquid and gas and made a mess...

That's hilarious though.
definitely something i need to try in the summer with some friends.
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