Pesticide Scare Solved with Giant Watermelon-Smashing Party

Inedible watermelons are apparently very fun to smash
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When life gives you lemons, make lemonade. And when life gives you bad watermelons, throw a giant watermelon-smashing party. 

When life gives you lemons, make lemonade, and when life gives you a bad batch of watermelons, hold a giant watermelon-smashing party. That’s what one town did Friday when a batch of watermelons tested for high levels of pesticide, which made them unsuitable for human consumption, but just about perfect for people to lift over their heads and smash on the ground.

According to Shanghaiist, four tons of watermelon were thoroughly pulverized at a watermelon-smashing party held at a mall in China on Friday. Smashing watermelons looks very satisfying, and it’s the kind of thing most people don’t ever get to try. Since the watermelons were too poisonous to eat, a big smashing festival seems like a pretty good way to get rid of them.

The pesticide overdose was not immediately noticed, however, and many of the toxic watermelons made it into stores. The problem was not caught until 17 people were hospitalized from eating the fruit, at which point they were stripped from grocery shelves and delivered to a shopping mall in Qingdao for the big watermelon-smashing event.