One recent morning I saw something interesting while reviewing my web site stats. I usually check the search phrases that have sent visitors to my web site, and there are always the same old terms, like Excel charts, install an Excel add-in, Excel error bars, etc. Well, on this recent morning, I saw the phrase “watermelon chart”. Never heard that one, what’s a watermelon chart? (In fact, the phrase appears in the comments of an old post of mine, A Gauge that Works?, but that was only a reader joking about the appearance of the colors in the background of a chart.) I thought maybe someone had meant to type in Waterfall Chart, but I checked with Google just to see what came up.
Well, I might have expected many of the results. Here’s a table showing types and varieties of watermelon.
Here’s a table outlining the nutritional value of watermelon chunks.
Here’s the definition of a particular color called “Wild Watermelon” from an internet publishing web site.
There was even a needlepoint pattern for a watermelon fan.
But by far the most links returned for “watermelon chart” were for fishing lures. This package of 20 plastic worms from Zoom Bait Company boasts of “The Original Trick Worm Watermelon Chart”.
This is a “Baby Brush Hog Watermelon Chart”.
Watermelon Chart Fish Stalker Finesse Worms.
The Baby Rattlesnake Watermelon Chart.
This little squid-like item gave me my first hint of what I had found: in tiny letters below the squid, it says “Watermelon Chartreuse”. Well, chartreuse is a color in the yellow-green family, which must describe the tail of this fellow. So Watermelon must be the darker green color; it’s the color of the watermelon rind, not the sweet pink juicy flesh inside (and I’ll bet that phrase “sweet pink juicy flesh inside” will result in a whole bunch of other unrelated search results). The trick worms at the top have yellow on one end, the baby brush hog and rattlesnake have green and yellow coloring, and I guess that finesse worm was misfiled.
Here are some watermelon chart(reuse) bass worms.
And some watermelon candy bass worms. I guess “candy” refers to the speckled pattern.
It turns out that there are quite a number of variations on the Watermelon color scheme besides Watermelon Chart. An inexhaustive list includes Watermelon, Watermelon Seed, Seedless Watermelon, Watermelon Gold Glitter, Watermelon Candy, Watermelon Red Flake, Watermelon Purple Flake, Watermelon Purple Glitter.
Every day I learn something new is a good day.
My daughter, a budding data scientist in her own right, recently sent me the following watermelon chart, put out by the USDA.