After a lot of 'looking' and 'thumping' like I knew what I was doing, I finally picked one out and paid the man. And then he told me this:
There is only one way I know of to tell if a watermelon is ripe. What you do is take a broom, a straw broom, and pull one of the straws out of the broom. Lay the straw on the watermelon across the width of the melon...if it is ripe the straw will turn 90 degrees and will then be sitting lengthwise on the watermelon.
I tried it and sure enough it worked. That was a darn good melon too!
Edited by joc, 27 February 2005 - 04:23 AM.