Police in Kushiro City, Hokkaido Prefecture, have announced the arrest of a woman suspected of puncturing 13 melons with her finger. However, her motives remain a mystery.
The crime occurred on July 28, when the 64-year-old suspect entered a supermarket and allegedly stabbed the baker’s dozen of melons with her finger at approximately 1:30 in the afternoon.
It’s important to note that these aren’t just ordinary melons, but the renowned Yubari King which often make headlines for selling at exorbitant prices. The victimized melons had a combined worth of 14,000 yen.
Interestingly enough, no security cameras caught her in the act, so it is unclear how the police managed to track down the culprit. The nature of their detective work and the suspect’s motives have not been revealed, leaving it all open to wild speculation.
Occam’s razor would suggest that she was simply checking to see which one was the freshest, albeit in the absolute grossest way possible. This kind of behavior is certainly not uncommon and was captured best in the 1985 classic "Tampopo."
However, it was far from the only theory. Netizens were full of them.
“Sounds like a yokai to me.”
“I’ve seen this in a movie. It’s a kind of kung fu training for close combat.”
“I read about people who just really like the feeling of penetrating fruit.”
“I wonder if she hurt her finger doing that.”
“If she’s not on video, I wonder who ratted her out. Maybe a family member or perhaps she was famous around town as a melon poker.”
“Is it fun to do that?”
“I guess if I had a good melon poking technique, I’d want to use it as much as possible too.”
This brings us to by far the most popular and most troubling theory: that she was practicing the ancient Japanese martial art Hokuto Shinken, which involves poking someone with such ferocity that it makes their brain explode.
Sources: HBC News, Itai News
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