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UCSD Hails The Watermelon Queen

The goal is to break the 1974 splat record: 167 feet, 4 inches



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    If a watermelon drops from seven stories, how far will it splat? Thanks to researchers at UC San Diego – you won’t have to try this experiment yourself.

    The 48th annual Watermelon Drop will have a “Watermelon Queen” who will drop a watermelon off the seventh floor of Urey Hall to see how far it splats.

    The goal is to break the 1974 splat record: 167 feet, 4 inches. Hundreds of students will witness this annual ritual and try to predict where the farthest piece will land.

    The event began in 1965, when a physics professor asked students to find out the terminal velocity of a watermelon when it hits the ground. From this physics-can-be-fun beginning has evolved an annual event that signals the end of spring quarter and the commencement of final exams. It’s a release and one final moment of fun before the crunch hits.

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    Following the drop, there will be music, cake, and of course, plenty of free watermelon. The actual drop begins at 12:07 p.m., so be sure to arrive early to get a good seat. 

    The free event will be held on at noon on Friday, June 8 at UCSD’s Urey Hall in La Jolla.

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