posted on Jul, 6 2012 @ 01:30 PM
Summer salutations, ATS. You know what I freaking love on a 90+ degree July afternoon? Enough chilled watermelon to eat myself sick on. I'd take a
melon straight to the head every day if I could, and plan to do exactly that once they start ripening in my patch.
So imagine my delight when I came across the following Balkan legend regarding vampiric watermelons.
According to tradition, virtually any kind of melon or pumpkin kept more than ten days or after Christmas will become a vampire, rolling around on
the ground and growling to pester the living. People have little fear of the vampire melons because of the creatures' lack of teeth. One of the
main indications that a melon is about to undergo a vampiric transformation (or has just completed one) is said to be the appearance of a drop of
blood on its skin.
An associated belief is that any inanimate object left out in the light of the full Moon would be transformed into a vampire version of itself. Leave
a hoe out? Vampire hoe. How about a pair of galoshes? Vampire galoshes. And a fork? Vampire... yeah, you get the picture.
The disposal method for a growly nuisance of a watermelon was to plunge the offending fruit into a cauldron of boiling water, followed by a vigorous
brooming, and the subsequent torching of the broom. I guess vampirism can be transmitted from one inanimate object to another. Why rid oneself of a
bloodsucking melon, only to acquire a toothy broom?