Thursday, June 25, 2009

Seed Spitting Gets Ugly

LULING, Texas (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – Folks don’t generally look their best when spitting out watermelon seeds.

The 56th Annual Watermelon Thump in Luling, Texas, celebrates the town’s biggest crop starting today (Jun. 25) through Sunday (Jun. 28).

Spokesperson Jamie Nickells says town residents love watermelon more than anyone else in the world.

To honor the fruit, the fest will hold a World Champion Watermelon Seed Spitting Contest, which ain’t always pretty.

Nickells says he’s seen people accidentally spit out their false teeth instead of the seed, spit too hard and fall on their face, and swallow the seed instead of send it flying.

One pregnant woman even freaked out child spectators by competing with her exposed belly painted as a watermelon, perpetuating the rumor that swallowing a watermelon seed means one will grow inside you and eventually burst.

Nickells had to calm kids down and tell them it was just a myth to keep them from being traumatized.

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