You may know Mike Rowe from his hit TV show, “Dirty Jobs.” These days, he’s the host of CNN’s “Somebody’s Gotta Do It,” a new show that brings viewers “face-to-face with men and women who march to the beat of a different drum.” CNN also calls it a show about “passion, purpose, and, occasionally, hobbies that get a little out of hand.”


In a recent episode, Mike paid a visit to the hallowed watermelon festival grounds of the Luling Watermelon Thump. While there, he stopped by the Luling Spitway, which hosts the annual World Seed Spitting Championship. It’s also where Lee Wheeler entered the Guinness Book of World Records by spitting a watermelon seed more than 68 feet in 1989.

Of course, Mike put his spittin’ skills to the test, and you can see the results in the video below. The video stops short of revealing his official distance (maybe you can catch the episode in reruns), but it was probably much further than my distance!

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  1. Gary says:

    How did this ever get started? Great show!

  2. mark says:

    We should invite Mike to attend the national watermelon meeting where they also have a seed spitting contest. It is not easy to spit a seed as I can attest. Some of the best spitters are kids. Don’t know why, just an observation. Anyway, hats off to our Texas friends in Luling, for getting great national exposure with a true celebrity. Wish they would post his distance.

  3. The Watermelon Guy says:

    I agree, Mark! Mike seems like a pretty adventurous guy and not one to back down from a challenge (judging by his exploits on “Dirty Jobs”).

    And yes, it’s definitely NOT easy to spit a watermelon seed!

  4. Gary says:

    Saw a longer version tonight (Nov 15) with extra coverage. His distance was 34.2 inches!

  5. The Watermelon Guy says:

    Ouch. That’s not even three feet. Better luck next time, Mike!

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