Giant Zucchini

Why a German Zucchini Had Police Rushing to the Scene

By Stephen Fuchs on Email @StephenWFuchs

We’ve all fallen victim to mistaking an innocent looking object for something hideous or frightening, only realizing its harmful and true nature once we get up close, but for an 81-year-old man outside of the German city of Karlsruhe, he wasn’t willing to risk the danger of the reveal when he mistook a large zucchini for an unexploded WWII bomb in his backyard.

Police rushed to the scene after getting the call, ready to evacuate the area should his first assessment be true, but all bomb crew calls were called off when first responders got a look at the 16-inch, 11-pound zucchini that authorities believe was thrown into the man’s yard.

Mistaking a fall-time vegetable for a bomb might be a far stretch of the imagination here in America, but for many parts of Europe, the threat of newly unearthed and unexploded bombs from WWII are still a common occurrence. Though it didn’t take much to dispel this particular threat with a simple going in for a closer look.

Sources: AP

Photo: Steven Luscher

Stephen Fuchs
Stephen founded German Pulse and LGBT Germany out of a passion to introduce Americans to a Germany that goes beyond beer and polka (although with enough beer he has been known to polka it up a bit). He's a coffee addict, lover of wine and good times, a hit in the kitchen and editor of TV commercials. You can follow him on Twitter (@StephenWFuchs) to find out a lot more.
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