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Watermelon Cube

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Watermelon Cube

It looks like one of those square watermelons grown by Japanese farmers. But compared to the shape-shifted fruit, this cube can be scrambled a lot easier.

Watermelon (Citrullus lanatus, family Cucurbitaceae) can be both the fruit and the plant of a vine-like (scrambler and trailer) plant originally from southern Africa, and is one of the most common types of melon.

In Japan, farmers of the Zentsuji region found a way to grow cubic watermelons, by growing the fruits in glass boxes and letting them naturally assume the shape of the receptacle. The square shape is designed to make the melons easier to stack and store.

The layout of the Arbuz Cube (арбуз [arbuz], Russian for watermelon) was created in 2010 by Evgeniy Grigoriev and Alexey Gurov.

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