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Mutants! Mutants Are Rampaging Our Gardens!

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I blame global warming. And President Cheney, since he invariably turns out to be behind all perversion of this sort. Gregor Mendel is no doubt looking down and wishing he'd never started the whole business. From the Post-Gazette:

They're a yard long and a good few inches across. The skin is waxy, sort of like a cucumber, but yellow and ridged like a canteloupe. A half dozen of them grew between the cucumbers and cantaloupes in a Houma home garden.

"We call it a cuculoupe," Karen Dusenbery said.

...Both are members of the Cucurbit family, which includes pumpkins and gourds as well as melons and cucumbers.

The firm flesh inside is yellow and somewhat sweet but has a flavor more like cucumber than cantaloupe, Tim Dusenbery said.

The Dusenberys said they are saving the seeds and hope to get more next year.

However, Joffrion said a crossbred plant usually reverts back to one of its original forms in subsequent generations.

"It'll be interesting to see what it does revert to," Joffrion said.

To hell with "keep watching the skies". The enemy is already among us, impurifying our precious vegetative fluids. Keep watching the dirt.

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