Watermelon Challenge: Its’ Much Tougher than it Sounds

What starts out green, when you eat it – it’s red, and when you’re done, it’s black?

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WATERMELON!

Probably hands down my favourite fruit in the summer time – well, maybe even all-year round. There’s something about watermelons, whether it be the sweet and juicy goodness of the fruit itself, or the idea that when it’s a hot summer day – it quenches your thirst almost immediately.

Regardless, due to my love for this oh-so-heavy and awesome fruit – I decided to throw myself into a watermelon challenge as a new experience. The challenge was simple: between my best friend Ruben, and I, who can eat the most watermelon in under 2-minutes (we originally thought about 1 minute).

With that being said, we were at Lisbon, Portugal at the time and started this challenge by going to the nearest grocery store to our hostel. We walked straight in and knew immediately what our target was: watermelons. We ended up finding a huge crate of them, and like professional fruit buyers, we picked up a watermelon, tapped it a few times, and said to ourselves, “yep, that works” – we ended up buying two, one for each of us (yeah… we had no clue how to pick out watermelons).

We hauled the two basketball-sized watermelons back to the hostel and proceeded to cut them up. You see, we didn’t have a butcher knife or anything so we had to use some random dull knife we found in the hostel kitchen. About 20 minutes later, we were lucky to have cracked each watermelon into 8 unequal pieces and our fingers intact (phew).

With 8 pieces lined up in front of each of us, we had asked a girl staying at the hostel to help set the timer (her name is Nina, she's Australian, and she thought we were crazy). We got our tissue bibs lined up and was ready to tackle the entire batch. On Nina's mark, we dug our face into the first piece and I swear, three seconds in, we both started spitting watermelon and laughing hysterically. The experience was NOTHING like we had imagined. I thought it was going to be a breeze, you know, like plow through it like no big deal, but I was so wrong.

Stuffing your mouth with watermelon is one thing. Trying to break it down and finding space for all the juice and water was another. After 2 grueling minutes, we threw ourselves back against the chair, head up, and sighed in relief that it was over. We looked back at the table to see how we did and we each barely finished 1 piece. The challenge was a complete #fail. There was no clear winner, so we decided to go into sudden death – where we would continuously eat at the watermelon until one of us gives up.

Ruben eventually gave up because he doesn’t even like watermelon and we were both suffering at that point. Sure, I won the challenge, but my love for watermelon had to take a break – it was just way too much.

And oh, in case you’re wondering, we ended up eating about 2 and a half pieces each. The rest of the watermelons were given away to other fellow travellers at the hostel.

Although this sounds like a dumb experience, it’s one that I continue to share.

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