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Have you heard the one about square watermelon?

This is not exactly news anymore, but I only came across this today for the very first time. Actually, a different article on the same topic was circulated today at work, seemingly with the goal of stimulating discussion about innovation.

My initial reaction was April Fools’ Day come early this year. But then I found that the product was in the news since 2001 or so…

Apparently, a few years ago, the EU started regulating size and curvature of bananas. I have a feeling that the square watermelon gave the bureaucrats a lot to be concerned about. No word on square apples or potatoes as yet.