Missing Mango Mystery Revealed in AustraliaBy: Mike Tuttle - February 25, 2014
Everything is bigger in Australia.
On Sunday night in Bowen, a town on the eastern coast of Queensland, a mango went missing. But not just any mango. A seven ton, 33-foot tall, 26-foot wide mango.
The Big Mango has been a tourist attraction in Bowen for 12 years in Bowen, which calls itself the mango capital of Australia. The “Kensington Pride” mango monument cost $90,000 to build.
After it went missing on Sunday night, “Mango Gate” erupted on Twitter, most assuming the theft was a huge, but fairly brilliant, p.r. stunt. Bowen officials didn’t even file a complaint, making residents question the disappearance even more.
Paul McLaughlin, tourism chaiman, told Sky News, “At the end of the day it’s a bloody big mango and I’m sure someone will see it and we’ll find it anyway.”
Officials examining video footage saw what appeared to be a crane being used by the thieves around 2:00 in the morning.
But where does one hide a fruit that large?
On the official Facebook page of Bowen’s Big Mango, humorous images and conspiracy theories began to surface.