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‘What am I looking at here?’: Woman shows off the watermelon she grew—it turns out to be a large pumpkin

'I can't tell you how said I was.'


Sarah Kester


Posted on Oct 4, 2023   Updated on Oct 9, 2023, 12:38 pm CDT

What’s the opposite of a green thumb? A woman went through a rollercoaster of emotions after showing off the watermelon that she grew. But once she cut it open, she realized it wasn’t a watermelon; it was a large pumpkin that she had forgotten she planted.

“This watermelon is going to embarrass me over two minutes,” TikToker Katie Zornes (@tri_ing_to_live) wrote in her video. By Wednesday, it had amassed over 3 million views.  

@tri_ing_to_live I was so excited to share my watermelon with you. There’s NOTHING like homegrown watermelon from the garden. And it’s safe to say, there will never be a “watermelon” like this again. At least in this house. 😂 . . . #embarrassing #watermelon #oops #fromthegarden #squash #storytime ♬ original sound – Katie Zornes

Zornes was excited as she held a knife over the “watermelon,” and predicted what the inside would look like.

“Could be bad, could be good. I feel like it’s going to be good,” she said, before slicing it in half. 

Instead, she was left confused, staring at what looked like the inside of a large squash in disbelief. 

“What am I looking at here?” she said. 

The discovery left Zornes questioning if she had “defied science” by cross-pollinating a watermelon with a squash. 

Cross-pollination is when pollen is transferred to another plant. According to Gardening Know How, the genetic material of both plants combine to form a new variety, such as hybrid tomatoes

However, certain plants won’t cross-pollinate. In this case, it’s impossible for watermelon to cross-pollinate with squash since watermelon will only cross-pollinate with species within the genus Citrullus, according to North Carolina State University.

After doing a taste test, Zornes realized that she hadn’t planted a watermelon at all—or a summer squash. It was a pumpkin.

“Guys, this is a pumpkin, … I can’t tell you how sad I was,” she said about accidentally cutting the pumpkin in half. 

“Did I remember planting Connecticut field pumpkins?” she asked herself after showing her garden full of pumpkins. “Not until I figured out that was a pumpkin.”

In the comments, people got a kick out of her stunned reaction to the surprise crop. 

“Your face froze for so long I thought I paused the video,” one user wrote.

“’What am I looking at here’ absolutely sent me,” another added.

Like Zornes, some also mistook the pumpkin for a watermelon. “Okay but the outside minus the stem looked like a watermelon to me too!” this person wrote. 

Others were sad that the pumpkin got wasted. “Poor pumpkin!” a user shared with a crying emoji. “It looked like it was gonna be a good one.”

The Daily Dot reached out to Zornes via TikTok comment. 

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*First Published: Oct 4, 2023, 3:00 pm CDT