Look for the yellow spot and thump. What you are trying to ascertain is the amount of sugar compared to flesh. When the sugar content has reached sufficient concentration in the melon, the sound when the flesh is lightly slapped, is deep and resonating. Also, you will feel a vibration on your fingers as the energy from your slap bounces back and forth between the melon sides. For a good idea of what it's supposed to feel like, get yourself a canister of Go-Jo brand hand cleaner. The soap is gelled and will give you the same vibration feeling as a good watermelon when the outside of the canister is slapped.
I know this sounds wierd, but as a young teen, I was facinated by the resonance of different materials. I just liked the feel of it. As an Electrical Engineering Tech., and with some background in physics, I learned more about resonance, or the transfer of energy in a spring-like motion, either through reflecting waves, or an actual spring, guitar string, etc.
That wave reflection of energy in both the Go-Jo can, and the watermelon is what creates the vibration. And I just remembered the feeling of the Go-Jo when I first learned to slap mellons. And to date, the sensation has never led me astray.
You know, sometimes I feel like I get just a little too technical, too carried away with an idea. But the Go-Jo memory just shows how there are so many relationships between materials that can be exploited to achieve a goal.
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