Honeydew you need a new phone?

July 18, 2011

Blog Guy, I guess cellphones are pretty much a universal sight now. I mean it’s the same thing in every part of the world, isn’t it?

Not everywhere. Over in Jordan, for instance, people still make their calls on huge melons.

What? You mean like watermelons? I find that very hard to believe.

It’s true. In the top photo you can see a couple of tech-savvy Jordanian gents with their Smart Melons pressed against their ears, much as we do with our Smart Phones.

Wait a second, this is just too stupid. Where do they buy these Smart Melons?

At the Apple Store, of course.

The Apple Store sells Melons? Look here, Blog Guy, isn’t putting Smart Phone technology into large pieces of fruit kind of a backward way to do things?

Maybe, but it’s a lot better than the old-school Flip Melon this guy here on the right is using.

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Top: Men with watermelons walk past riot police standing guard during a demonstration demanding the dissolution of the parliament and the departure of the government, after Friday prayers in Amman July 15, 2011.

Right: A fruit vendor removes a wedge of watermelon in a market in Amman, August 9, 2010.

REUTERS photos by Muhammad Hamed

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BG: I think you misread the second picture, that’s not a flip-phone, it’s an open SD Card slot. The SmartMelons have expandable capacity too you know! You can get a 16 Gigaseeds version or upgrade to the 32 Gigaseed one.

It’s a question of just how much juice you want to squeeze out of your phone see.

Posted by Malteser | Report as abusive

Are we sure that those are melons and not tumors from cellphone overuse?

Posted by Nosmo_King | Report as abusive

Nosmo, so you mean like a melonoma? Spin, brilliant…

Posted by rcbasler | Report as abusive

As a matter of fact, my phone has run out of juice..
but there is no way i am topping up the melon!

Posted by Shra | Report as abusive

Apparently the old TV series ‘Get Smart’ is still popular in Jordan, with local folk often deploying the ‘melon of silence’ to thwart other people listening in – as demonstrated in the first picture.

Posted by Nosmo_King | Report as abusive

@Spin: I’m guessing Mr. Spam Filter would have stopped that melon comment in its tracks if it had come from a guy.

Posted by rcbasler | Report as abusive

Since Mr. B. is most likely right about Mr. Spam Filter I will avoid a comment about the Harvard grad and her Smart Melons, instead opting for the safe “Gallagher must work for the competing phone company then” comment.

Posted by iflydaplanes | Report as abusive

I can’t stand any more puns…
…but then again, to quote Edgar Allen Poe, “The goodness of a true pun is the direct ratio of its intolerability.”

By that measure, you guys are doing REALLY good! I’m seriously lovin’ it….

Posted by Moonshine | Report as abusive

uh, Spin…I’m pretty sure if you have the melons, you get plenty of phone calls 😉

Posted by GeorgiaPeach | Report as abusive

Moonshine, are you quoting a serious author?
I am gonna be kind today and let that pass.. simply coz I am loving these puns too 😀

Posted by Shra | Report as abusive

@GeorgiaPeach: You said it! 😀

Posted by fwd079 | Report as abusive

Speaking of ‘melons’, I was recently impressed by a pair I saw. In ‘smartphone’ terms, these would be the iPads for sure.

Posted by Malteser | Report as abusive

Shra, Thanks for the pass…. I knew I was taking a chance. But although E.A. Poe is usually serious, the quote was just too good to let the opportunity to slide.

Posted by Moonshine | Report as abusive

@Malteser: iPad is not a smart phone, but a tablet/handheld computer.


*gets ready to be zapped* :)

Posted by fwd079 | Report as abusive

Now see, just when I am in a benevolent mood, up comes someone who is just asking for it!
Zapppppppppppp, fwd!

Posted by Shra | Report as abusive

Haha fwd… you HAD to correct it, ey!?

Posted by Malteser | Report as abusive

See what happens when you try to be nice, Shra?

Posted by rcbasler | Report as abusive

I know BG.. and thats why I cant be nice.
I am forever cursed, to be the Ice-Cold Zapper..

Occupational hazard, I would say..

Posted by Shra | Report as abusive