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cucumbersWhat the heck is person or persons unknown going to do with $10,000 worth of cucumbers? That’s one question the Adelaide police are probably asking themselves after eleven robberies of the cylindrical gourd. It’s an awful lot of salad and facials, that’s for sure. Maybe it’s a gang of overweight toxic laden ladies going on a cucumber cleanse.

Or maybe there’s something more sinister afoot.

In the 1600s, raw vegetables were seen as poisonous or fit only for feeding livestock. Cucumbers were called cowcumbers because they were feed to the cows. Samuel Pepys, famous for his diary written at that time, had an entry in September of 1663, “this day Sir W. Batten tells me that Mr. Newhouse is dead of eating cowcumbers, of which the other day I heard of another, I think.”

Perhaps the cucumbers are going to be used as a murder weapon. “Here, eat this, and this, and this, and this …” Or if the intended victim won’t die from consuming the cukes then the crooks could clobber him or her with a considerable container full of the fruit.

But what if the cucumbers are found before any nefarious deeds are done? Could the owners pick their peck out of a line up?

Cucumber thefts

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