Personal seedless watermelons

Herb Stahlke hfwstahlke at GMAIL.COM
Sun Aug 29 19:15:39 UTC 2010

I've seen them at our local Marsh Supermarket.  They're about the size
of a medium muskmelon, candylope, if you prefer.


On Sun, Aug 29, 2010 at 1:16 PM, Victor Steinbok <aardvark66 at> wrote:
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>  Doesn't anyone remember the "personal pizza" that started out as
> "personal-pan pizza"?
> GNA has "personal-size pizza" going back to 1972 (at least--NYT), with
> an explosion in 1989 along with "personal pizza" (earlier hits for the
> latter all appear to be spurious). But the latter was actually preceded
> by the original "personal pan pizza" promo in 1982 (Pizza Hut).
>     VS-)
> On 8/29/2010 10:41 AM, Laurence Horn wrote:
>> At 2:30 PM +0000 8/29/10, ronbutters at wrote:
>>> My Sunday Kroger newspaper inserts offers a special price for
>>> "Personal seedless watermelons"; does this seem weird to anyone but
>>> me?
>>> Sent from my Verizon Wireless BlackBerry
>> Presumably the contrast isn't with impersonal ones, but with the
>> default family-size ones.  It might have been formed analogously with
>> personal pan pizzas, although the latter is intended for a
>> single-shot consumption by a random person, while perhaps the
>> personal watermelons are intended to last for a couple of sittings.
>> LH
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