Many many years ago, I had a fully grown rambutan tree in my backyard. It would bear fruit, but only on rare occasions. As a kid, I used to wonder why. Perhaps the soil wasn’t fertile. I wondered if my 5-year-old pee would help its cause. It did not. Maybe my parents just weren’t that great at gardening, despite what they might tell you.
Anyway, after years of living in uncertainty and doubt, it looks like the mystery is finally solved. As it turns out, my tree probably didn’t bear much fruit because it was planted in my backyard which is millions of miles away from its natural habitat. You see, rambutan is an alien fruit.
In an episode of Netflix’s Another Life — a series where astronauts embark on a high-risk mission to explore alien artefacts — two characters are seen staring at an alien fruit like a gym junkie would a chocolate sundae. Funnily enough, anyone from Malaysia or the Southeast Asian region would take one quick glance at the alien specimen and tell you it’s a rambutan. #WhitePeople
The scene was shared on Twitter and as of this writing has garnered more than 11 000 retweets and 9000 likes. Check it out:
For some of you reading who may not know — once again #whitepeople — rambutan is a fruit native to Southeast Asia and especially popular in countries like Malaysia and Indonesia. It’s juicy, sweet and has plenty of health benefits. In other words, it’s awesome.
Another Life synopsis:
The story of an astronaut and a space crew, who are on a mission to investigate the origins of an alien artefact that mysteriously appeared on Earth. As the crew attempt to search for alien intelligence, they face inexplicable horrors that might signal the end of their mission. The series is created by Aaron Martin and stars Katee Sackhoff, Samuel Anderson and Selma Blair, among many others.