The watermelon drop began in 1965 when students were asked on a physics exam to find the terminal velocity of an object. Enter… the watermelon! Students measured the distance the watermelon pieces traveled from the center point of the splat -- talk about hands on learning!
Though tomorrow will be filled with the demise of one watermelon, there is plenty of this fabulous fresh fruit to go around for onlookers. Be sure to stop by and grab a sample of this nutrient powerhouse.
Watermelon is an excellent source of lycopene, an important phytonutrient that promotes cardiovascular and bone health. The longer you allow your watermelon to ripen (aka the pinker it gets), the higher the lycopene content. So, let that watermelon age a few days on the counter before cutting into it.
Don’t worry if you can’t make it out to the event to grab a slice. Dining Services has watermelon available morning, noon and night in the Units and Markets, precut for added convenience.
Best of luck this weekend as your continue your studying for finals! Be sure to stop into the De-Stress Brunch at the Dining Unit closest to you this Sunday, June 8th from 10am-2pm, to relax your mind and enjoy a chocolaty treat with your friends.