Eating watermelon while drinking red wine can kill you…

…at least according to an old wives’ tale told in Argentina.

Watermelon + red wine = death.

While many Argentines that believe this myth are certain that drinking red wine while eating a watermelon, most believe that the combination will simply give you digestion problems.

An American tradition of “spiking” a watermelon in the sumer has resulted in few Argentines tasting a drunken watermelon — or maybe they have, but just didn’t live to talk about it.

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Here’s how some of my Argentine friends say the combination of red wine and watermelon kills you:

» The combination of the two causes intestinal paralysis.
» Wine chemically boosts the level of the naturally-occurring toxin arsenic in watermelon.
» The wine makes the watermelon harden in the gut, creating a “cork” that blocks digestion.
» The mixture of the two produces some sort of fatal metabolic reaction within the body.

Since I like to life life on the edge, I might have to try this. If I don’t post next week, you’ll know why.

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