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Posted: 12/24/2005 6:14:37 PM EDT

This one is puzzling thousands of people. St. Bernard Parish, virtually wiped out following Hurricane Katrina, is seeing the spontaneous growth of watermelons. They're everywhere! It's a post-Katrina phenomenon that has even the experts baffled.

"I've never seen anything like this before," said Dr. Ron Strahan of the LSU Ag Center as he surveyed the watermelon infestation.

The fruit, which is normally planted in April, has been sprouting up all over St. Bernard Parish ever since Katrina. Presumably, the seeds were deposited during the hurricane and unusually high temperatures have produced a natural mystery.

"It's just going to be one of those things we're probably not going to be able to explain," said Strahan.

According to Strahan, the clay in St. Bernard absorbed the sunlight, retaining the heat and allowing the melons to grow. A watermelon's consistency is 90 percent water, which means if you eat the St. Bernard Parish melons, you're drinking Katrina juice.

"I don't think I'd want to eat them," Strahan laughed. "I don't think so, but it's just something unusual to look at, maybe take some pictures of and remember this happened after Katrina 2005 and we'll probably never see again."

Katrina may have planted the melons, but bees had to pollinate them, which indicates that growth is possible in St. Bernard Parish following the storm.

Link Posted: 12/24/2005 6:16:51 PM EDT
Group Buy! Watermelon targets, cheap!


Aviator
Link Posted: 12/24/2005 6:17:26 PM EDT
you're drinking Katrina juice.



Link Posted: 12/24/2005 6:19:07 PM EDT
Watermelon of truth!
Link Posted: 12/24/2005 6:22:28 PM EDT
Link Posted: 12/24/2005 6:23:34 PM EDT
Link Posted: 12/24/2005 6:32:23 PM EDT
Nagan will try anything to get his supporters back in town
Link Posted: 12/24/2005 6:51:22 PM EDT
Originally Posted By Inatree:
Nagan will try anything to get his supporters back in town[/quote



Now thats funny.
Link Posted: 12/24/2005 6:58:43 PM EDT
R Lee Ermey will go down there an wipe them out. He friggin hates watermelons. I think he had a bad experience with one as a child.
Link Posted: 12/24/2005 7:55:21 PM EDT

Originally Posted By Inatree:
Nagan will try anything to get his supporters back in town



Dude, you are a God! I laughed out loud on that one!
Link Posted: 12/24/2005 8:02:36 PM EDT
Hate to bust bubbles.

The people of St. Bernards and, Plaqueman Parrishes are good people
that got wiped out.

It's shameful that we'd bang on them.

They are NOT Jefferson Parrish, nor NOLA.

They are people that lived on the coast.

Do some damn research.

I was there.

They weren't the ones crying and, screaming to be saved.

Please save good people from the NOLA stupidity.


Link Posted: 12/24/2005 8:10:54 PM EDT

Originally Posted By Goonboss:
Hate to bust bubbles.

The people of St. Bernards and, Plaqueman Parrishes are good people
that got wiped out.

It's shameful that we'd bang on them.

They are NOT Jefferson Parrish, nor NOLA.

They are people that lived on the coast.

Do some damn research.

I was there.

They weren't the ones crying and, screaming to be saved.

Please save good people from the NOLA stupidity.





Come on man. This is tongue in cheek. Humor and laughter help ease the pain.
Link Posted: 12/24/2005 8:13:09 PM EDT
Now that's irony!
Link Posted: 12/24/2005 8:15:58 PM EDT

Originally Posted By Midnight-Sniper:

Originally Posted By Goonboss:
Hate to bust bubbles.

The people of St. Bernards and, Plaqueman Parrishes are good people
that got wiped out.

It's shameful that we'd bang on them.

They are NOT Jefferson Parrish, nor NOLA.

They are people that lived on the coast.

Do some damn research.

I was there.

They weren't the ones crying and, screaming to be saved.

Please save good people from the NOLA stupidity.





Come on man. This is tongue in cheek. Humor and laughter help ease the pain.



I guess I need to step back.

I have some real love for the two parrishes. The people are hard working and good.

Their homes are gone.

I take offense to people grouping them into NOLA.

It fucking grates on me badly.

I take no humor in thier condition.

Link Posted: 12/24/2005 8:22:01 PM EDT

Originally Posted By Goonboss:
Hate to bust bubbles.

The people of St. Bernards and, Plaqueman Parrishes are good people
that got wiped out.

It's shameful that we'd bang on them.

They are NOT Jefferson Parrish, nor NOLA.

They are people that lived on the coast.

Do some damn research.

I was there.

They weren't the ones crying and, screaming to be saved.

Please save good people from the NOLA stupidity.





Yea, I know.
I just went for the cheap shot
No geography lesson needed here,I was born and raised in Livingston Parish(e. side of lake Maurepas)until I was 24 and my family is all over SE Louisiana and SW Mississippi
Link Posted: 12/24/2005 8:51:09 PM EDT

Originally Posted By Inatree:

Originally Posted By Goonboss:
Hate to bust bubbles.

The people of St. Bernards and, Plaqueman Parrishes are good people
that got wiped out.

It's shameful that we'd bang on them.

They are NOT Jefferson Parrish, nor NOLA.

They are people that lived on the coast.

Do some damn research.

I was there.

They weren't the ones crying and, screaming to be saved.

Please save good people from the NOLA stupidity.





Yea, I know.
I just went for the cheap shot
No geography lesson needed here,I was born and raised in Livingston Parish(e. side of lake Maurepas)until I was 24 and my family is all over SE Louisiana and SW Mississippi



I have admiration for those people.

I was in NOLA for 10 days and, then, Waveland, MS for 2 months. The two Parrishes I mentioned....And the people of MS....

I have a serious soft spot for.

I can't tolerate them being lumped in with NOLA.

Bang on NOLA all you want. I'm right there with you.

Leave the good people alone.

Link Posted: 12/24/2005 8:54:16 PM EDT

Originally Posted By Gloftoe:
I can't even begin to imagine what kind of filth/sewage/shit/toxic waste these watermelons contain. I think I'd skip eating them too.

Weird story though.



Versus watermelons grown in cow shit for fertilizer, huh?
Link Posted: 12/24/2005 8:56:14 PM EDT
Water Melons.....black people....obviously the hurricane was racist sterotyping!

BTW I do like some big melons with my pie
Link Posted: 12/24/2005 9:11:10 PM EDT

Originally Posted By Goonboss:

Originally Posted By Inatree:

Originally Posted By Goonboss:
Hate to bust bubbles.

The people of St. Bernards and, Plaqueman Parrishes are good people
that got wiped out.

It's shameful that we'd bang on them.

They are NOT Jefferson Parrish, nor NOLA.

They are people that lived on the coast.

Do some damn research.

I was there.

They weren't the ones crying and, screaming to be saved.

Please save good people from the NOLA stupidity.





Yea, I know.
I just went for the cheap shot
No geography lesson needed here,I was born and raised in Livingston Parish(e. side of lake Maurepas)until I was 24 and my family is all over SE Louisiana and SW Mississippi



I have admiration for those people.

I was in NOLA for 10 days and, then, Waveland, MS for 2 months. The two Parrishes I mentioned....And the people of MS....

I have a serious soft spot for.

I can't tolerate them being lumped in with NOLA.

Bang on NOLA all you want. I'm right there with you.

Leave the good people alone.




I know what you mean. All my people in La. faired pretty well through the storm but almost all my kin in Miss got hit real hard I have been in the Gulfport area for a cpl months helping my family there and was real impressed by the way everyone broke out thier chainsaws and went to work as soon as the storm passed and have been busting thier asses ever since, they didnt sit back and wait to see who was going to fix things for them like NOLA
Link Posted: 12/24/2005 9:51:32 PM EDT
When I lived along the Gulf Coast, anytime a sewer main would break and the city crews would fix it, it was weird that tomatoes and or watermelons would always spring up in the area where they had been digging. I guess the seeds of those plants are hardy enough to stand up to just about anything.

And yes, they tasted good.

Link Posted: 12/25/2005 5:54:55 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 12/25/2005 6:48:09 AM EDT by Gloftoe]
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