I don't know if you have seen the videos on youtube about making a watermelon burst by putting several hundred rubber bands around said watermelon.......but
GK thought that if she stated her hypothesis just right and we did the experiment when the watermelons were in season and less expensive and if she got through with it before school started, she would not have to worry about a science fair project during Christmas break. How's that for a run on sentence??? And a plan with a fun side to it.
So we invested in a big ole fat watermelon, 1000 rubber bands and set about causing great bodily harm to a "never did anything to anyone" watermelon. It took 2 and 1/2 hours and 857 rubber bands, but we made it change it's shape.
First it began to decrease in size around the equator of the melon. Then made it start sweating in several places and the stem end turned colors, from yellow to purple. Then the skin of the watermelon got dark. And then crinkle, crack, snap and blam and there was watermelon shrapnel everywhere you looked in my back porch within a 15 foot radius. The watermelon cracked and then exploded.
|look at the sides how concave they are|
|Shelley laid it on it's side and stepped away and Blam|
|look Ma no watermelon....her face is priceless|
|you can just see the rubber band ball under the grill to GK's right|
This is the most priceless fun, I've ever had proving a theory about exploding fruit.....well it's also the first time. We are moving on to pineapple and then cantaloupe. GK is going to call her project.....pressurized fruit salad.
The strangest thing was that the ants, the birds, the flies all could smell the watermelon long before it was evident to us and long before it started leaking.....it was being bruised from the inside out.
You can see that in the photo where the rind and the flesh are all watery.
So if you want cheap entertainment and the kind of anxiety of not knowing when it will explode everywhere but knowing it will sooner or later....go for a watermelon bust. But be prepared for being surprised and a shower of sticky fun.