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(Short List)   Think of how much you'd pay for a melon. Multiply that by 100. You're still not even close. Because Japan   (shortlist.com) divider line 45
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2013-05-29 08:54:11 AM
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d23 [TotalFark]
2013-05-29 08:54:15 AM
Well... look at the girls.  The melons are in short supply.
 
2013-05-29 08:54:16 AM
I thought we were talking about the other type of melons which seems about right.  Damn you subby!

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2013-05-29 08:54:25 AM
I guess it depends on the shape and size of t he melons, and who it is attached to.
 
2013-05-29 08:57:11 AM
joeltalksmovies.bangordailynews.com
 
2013-05-29 09:04:52 AM
What's the Elvish word for 'friend'?
 
2013-05-29 09:06:35 AM
I'm sooo in the wrong business
 
2013-05-29 09:16:52 AM
encrypted-tbn0.gstatic.com

Is the price of hooters the same?
 
2013-05-29 09:17:03 AM
I dunno but I would pay $10,000 for a lemonade right now
 
2013-05-29 09:18:17 AM
 
2013-05-29 09:20:46 AM
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2013-05-29 09:21:06 AM
i42.tinypic.com

Priceless.
 
2013-05-29 09:30:56 AM
Japan is an experiment
 
2013-05-29 09:33:21 AM
Abe, who is that strong melon-carrier?
 
2013-05-29 09:37:38 AM

mayIFark: I guess it depends on the shape and size of t he melons...


Yeah, the Japanese get a little weird like that.

i218.photobucket.com
 
2013-05-29 09:44:26 AM

sauce_jenkins: I dunno but I would pay $10,000 for a lemonade right now


Stick it out, the drops dramatically.
 
2013-05-29 09:46:13 AM

sage254: Abe, who is that strong melon-carrier?


The wonderful Denise Milani. Some images NSFW
 
2013-05-29 09:50:30 AM

Abe Vigoda's Ghost: [i42.tinypic.com image 713x1024]

Priceless.


Meh.  $8,000 or less depending on the surgeon.
 
2013-05-29 10:01:03 AM
Watermelons in my area of South Korea are $20 each.
 
2013-05-29 10:02:25 AM
This makes me think of the melon drop scam...  http://www.scamplots.com/melon-drop-scam.html
 
2013-05-29 10:04:01 AM
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2013-05-29 10:07:22 AM
There are certain advantages to living in this redneck pitt.
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2013-05-29 10:17:13 AM

orclover: There are certain advantages to living in this redneck pitt.
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wakemedvoices.org

That has nothing on the Gaffney peach/butt.
 
2013-05-29 10:21:51 AM

Abe Vigoda's Ghost: orclover: There are certain advantages to living in this redneck pitt.
[forums.egullet.org image 500x439]

[wakemedvoices.org image 850x637]

That has nothing on the Gaffney peach/butt.


www.reactionface.info
 
2013-05-29 10:24:01 AM

Abe Vigoda's Ghost: orclover: There are certain advantages to living in this redneck pitt.
[forums.egullet.org image 500x439]

[wakemedvoices.org image 850x637]

That has nothing on the Gaffney peach/butt.


I'll see your melon and peach and (quite literally) raise you the Ypsilanti Soldier.
static.environmentalgraffiti.com
 
2013-05-29 10:29:18 AM
I hate this place more and more every day.
 
2013-05-29 10:42:08 AM

FurbyGoneFubar: This makes me think of the melon drop scam...  http://www.scamplots.com/melon-drop-scam.html


Oy! My Bar Mitzvah cake. Now I'll never be a man.
 
2013-05-29 11:12:58 AM
Simpsons did it!

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2013-05-29 11:13:56 AM
So move to Japan, set up a small hydroponic greenhouse dedicated to vine fruit and let the money roll in?
 
2013-05-29 11:14:01 AM

Abe Vigoda's Ghost: orclover: There are certain advantages to living in this redneck pitt.
[forums.egullet.org image 500x439]



That has nothing on the Gaffney peach/butt.


They built a fatz under it since that photo was taken. Now we call it the gaffney fat ass.


There again most people in gaffney have fat arses.
 
2013-05-29 11:15:54 AM

FurbyGoneFubar: This makes me think of the melon drop scam...  http://www.scamplots.com/melon-drop-scam.html


As God is my witness...
 
2013-05-29 11:34:06 AM

d23: Well... look at the girls.  The melons are in short supply.


GIS for "Hitomi Tanaka".

Definitely NSFW
 
2013-05-29 11:42:37 AM

PainInTheASP: mayIFark: I guess it depends on the shape and size of t he melons...

Yeah, the Japanese get a little weird like that.


I thought that was just a mario sunshine thing. same series that brought you the floating bricks you broke with your head
 
2013-05-29 11:48:17 AM
They do know those will rot, right?
 
2013-05-29 11:58:07 AM
encrypted-tbn2.gstatic.com
Sometimes, melons are hilarious.
/who knew she was that funny?
 
2013-05-29 12:04:18 PM
Y'all ever hear of Japanese inspection?

/better not be obscure!
 
2013-05-29 12:15:29 PM
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2013-05-29 12:26:16 PM
Yeah that melon thing is a bit odd.  You pay like a couple hundred bucks for one and it often comes in a nice wooden box.  It's supposed to be given as a gift.

I dunno, that's what my Japanese friends told me when I saw it at various supermarkets and stores in Tokyo.

Going back to more important "melons", I suspect Japanese are more bottom half folks (as opposed to top half).
 
d23 [TotalFark]
2013-05-29 12:35:02 PM

DjangoStonereaver: d23: Well... look at the girls.  The melons are in short supply.

GIS for "Hitomi Tanaka".

Definitely NSFW


oh yeah.. it was a joke. I know.  Been a big fan of those type of idols since I found MEGUMI pictures.  My favorite of the currents is anri sugihara.
 
2013-05-29 01:06:48 PM

orclover: There are certain advantages to living in this redneck pitt.
[forums.egullet.org image 500x439]


Central-southish Texas UNITE!
 
2013-05-29 02:34:54 PM

SirEattonHogg: Yeah that melon thing is a bit odd.  You pay like a couple hundred bucks for one and it often comes in a nice wooden box.  It's supposed to be given as a gift.

I dunno, that's what my Japanese friends told me when I saw it at various supermarkets and stores in Tokyo.

Going back to more important "melons", I suspect Japanese are more bottom half folks (as opposed to top half).


Yes, these are not just melons that somebody grew in a melon patch in their yard. You can get regular melons in Japan for not much more than we pay here (produce is generally more expensive there because they have to import a lot of it...just like most islands). I've seen these gift melons at grocery stores in Tokyo, although the variety they usually carry run more like $30-50 each.

These are specially bred melons that are perfectly spherical and have a unique flavor. They are hand tended and only the most perfect specimens are selected. Gift giving is a big deal in Japan, and I'm pretty sure that most of these are given as gifts by companies to clients or other very high-level relationships.

But it's much more fun to report that Japanese people pay hundreds of dollars for the same fruit that shows up as garnish on our plate at Denny's.
 
2013-05-29 05:40:48 PM

lostcat: SirEattonHogg: Yeah that melon thing is a bit odd.  You pay like a couple hundred bucks for one and it often comes in a nice wooden box.  It's supposed to be given as a gift.

I dunno, that's what my Japanese friends told me when I saw it at various supermarkets and stores in Tokyo.

Going back to more important "melons", I suspect Japanese are more bottom half folks (as opposed to top half).

Yes, these are not just melons that somebody grew in a melon patch in their yard. You can get regular melons in Japan for not much more than we pay here (produce is generally more expensive there because they have to import a lot of it...just like most islands). I've seen these gift melons at grocery stores in Tokyo, although the variety they usually carry run more like $30-50 each.

These are specially bred melons that are perfectly spherical and have a unique flavor. They are hand tended and only the most perfect specimens are selected. Gift giving is a big deal in Japan, and I'm pretty sure that most of these are given as gifts by companies to clients or other very high-level relationships.

But it's much more fun to report that Japanese people pay hundreds of dollars for the same fruit that shows up as garnish on our plate at Denny's.


That's very interesting but at the end of the day it's still just a damn melon. Now, pass me the 24 karat foil sundae, please.
 
2013-05-29 07:02:39 PM

Abe Vigoda's Ghost: [i42.tinypic.com image 713x1024]

Priceless.


No, I'm sure those cost her some money.
 
2013-05-29 11:11:48 PM
Aha! He paid $15,000 for a pair of melons.

Now it all makes sense. Thread over in one.

Wha?

Seriously, I have no idea what moves the Japanese to pay outrageous prices for ordinary produce. Sure, it might be perfect in its kind but so would thousands of other articles be.

I think Zen Buddhism plays a role. And possibly Yen Buddhism. They seem to have reduced the art of gift-giving to its purest form, pure sacrifice, pure artfulness, and tact, and taste, and style. Pay a ridiculous price for something beautiful and beautifully packaged and you have given the ultimate gift--a gift devoid of utility or market value, a pure sign of a gift, as the semioticians I studied long ago would say. But it shows how rich and influential and powerful you can be without the least bit of crudeness or vulgarity.

If this is so, they have a found a bizarre way of countering the criticisms of ratonalists and economists who point out that nothing you give any one is likely to have the same value for the recepient as a similar sum of money in cash or spent by the recepient on something they really want or need or the same cash in your own hands.

This is not a new thing in Japan. In the tenth century, the Japanese were writing precious little poems to each other instead of prose, and were burying themselves in exquisitely chosen mounds of clothing. They were more civilized and modern in certain ways in the Middle Ages than we are today. I've read The Pillow Book, and some of the cleverness in there could have been written by our modern authors of little square humour books. I have another Japanese book from the Heian period (late 900s, C.E.) and it is much the same. All these upper middle class writers were cousins by marriage or otherwise close to each other. This whole era was like that--at last at the provincial governor and aristocratic courtier level. You see something similar in the romances of the reign of Edward III, as well as a similar political background of intrigue, violence and large scale mayhem to keep the poor and lower middle classes down.

Over a thousand years of Zen Hipsterism have made the Japanese SUPER-hipsters. Comparing our feeble attempts at taste, wit and silliness, to the Japanese is like comparing Godzilla to a chameleon. A tiny, tiny finger-tip sized chameleon. Clumsy we are and gigantic and stupid, like Godzilla. Or perhaps it's the other way round--perhaps we are tiny and insignificant in the ways of art and delicacy of taste, tact, and discretion while the gods and goddesses of aristocratic finesse wage war with sunbeams, gossomer, clouds and cherry blossoms.
 
2013-05-30 02:29:19 AM
brantgoose, why are you so continually awesome?

*forgets all the melons to purr ridiculously at your feet*
 
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