FORBIDDEN FRUIT On November 1, 2017, young shoppers at the ASDA Hulme Superstore in Manchester, U.K., had to show identification to purchase four things: prescription drugs, alcohol, tobacco and…kiwi fruit. During a concert a few nights prior, singer Harry Styles had slipped onstage while performing a song that shares a name with the green-fleshed vineberry; the furry-skinned fruit had been launched from the crowd below. Styles was unharmed (he held his mic stand for support). ASDA, the superstore’s parent company, didn’t want to endanger Styles, so to prevent a repeat attack at his show that night, security policed the sale of kiwis to anyone under 25.
In Corona, Calif., this past August, a daring dinnertime rescue gave way to a lovely friendship. Becky Garfinkel was partway through her springmix salad, purchased from Target, when she found a lifeless, dime-sized frog in her dish. Garfinkel watched agog as her husband gave one-finger chest compressions to the amphibian. The valiant effort succeeded—the frog was revived, and Garfinkel decided to keep him. For their trouble, the couple says they received a $5 Target gift card and a new pet, named “Lucky.”
Last year, in Bretten, Germany, police investigated what one man thought was an undetonated weapon from the Second World
War. They were right to be cautious: A few months earlier, a similar situation necessitated a 60,000-person evacuation in nearby Frankfurt. After closer examination, though, it was determined that the suspicious item wasn’t a bomb but a zucchini. Investigators admitted that the offending squash did appear nefarious, but they concluded that a neighbour likely threw it over the elderly man’s fence. The toss has not, as of this writing, been declared an act of war.