Sorry to disappoint you. I thought there might be a fascinating tale behind the superstition. (Yes, I read The DaVinci Code.) But apparently it's due to the pairing of the traditionally sinister number thirteen with Friday, which was once considered the unluckiest day of the week. (Long before the modern work/school week was created, I'm sure.)
So for today's post, I'm turning to an old standby, the wonderful country of Japan. (Where they don't give a hoot about Friday the 13th.) Seems the Japanese aren't just interested in creating the perfect dog (see below), they've also turned their talents to the fruit and vegetable world. Now, thanks to farmers in the "Land of the Rising Sun," all you have to do is hop on a plane to purchase watermelons with human faces or cucumbers shaped like hearts and stars.
Of course these not-so-natural wonders don't come cheap. I couldn't find a price for the melon with a face, but square watermelons cost almost $100 US, and the going rate for a pyramid-shaped fruit is around $650. (And they don't even taste very good!)
For more pictures and information, visit the wonderful PingMag.