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Published December 26, 2013, 06:27 PM

Favorite Stories of 2013

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - As we near the end of the year, we wanted to take a look back at our favorite apps of the year They were fun, helpful, even life-changing, a couple really stood out - this one maybe because the newsroom got food out of the deal. The watermelon, by weight, it's the most-eaten melon in the U.S.

By: Kerstin Kealy, WDAY

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - As we near the end of the year, we wanted to take a look back at our favorite apps of the year

They were fun, helpful, even life-changing, a couple really stood out - this one maybe because the newsroom got food out of the deal.

The watermelon, by weight, it's the most-eaten melon in the U.S.

And everyone has their tricks to make sure they get one that's perfectly ripe - and perfectly sweet.

Lacey Holten/West Fargo: “Usually I look for ones that are a pretty good color.”

Jim Keller/Hornbacher’s Produce Manager: “Well, some people smell them and some people will try to knock on them.”

Zack Flaten/Fargo: “I honestly don't know. I never bought one in my life.”

An app claims it can help take the guess work out of choosing your next watermelon.

Darlene McGarry/West Fargo: “I like it's where it's firm but yet the bottom of that watermelon where it sat has to be yellow.”

Sam Buehler/Fargo: “I'd normally go up and flick it. If it has a good thump, that's what my Grandmama said. If it thumps good, it's a good melon to take home.”

If you're a flicker, a shaker or a smeller - you can try Melon Meter for your iPhone and iPad.

Even the experts were curious - like Osgood produce manager Jim Keller

Keller: “I'd like to see it to try it - yeah.”

So we put the Melon Meter to the test - we brought 3 melons back to our newsroom.

We turned on the melon meter and after a quick tutorial; we picked our melon size and learned the proper thumping techniques.

We put the microphone on the melon, pressed the red button, and knocked on the melon until the app told us to stop.

But the true test - is the taste test - and for a tough crowd - our newsroom staff.

“It's really good, MMM, it's really sweet, mmm.”

So the melon meter proved a success for us - but our experts say there are a few things you can look for the next time you're in the grocery store - melon meter or not.

Keller: “Watermelon we look for a nice yellow belly where they laid on the ground and if it sounds hollow it's usually pretty good.”

To be fair - the melon meter also said our table was ripe. It didn't work on any other melons we tried.

The melon meter is $1.99 in the Apple market.

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