Apparently Slices of Ham Look a Lot Like Full Moons
This weird little Japanese lunch trend may change the way you look at your sandwich meat forever. After the Strawberry Moon appeared on June 20th, the rare occurrence when the full moon falls on a solstice, and during which the moon appears to take on a reddish color, a Japanese Twitter user made a hilariously accurate comparison: The pink moon looks just like a slice of ham. He placed a picture of the moon among three round slices of ham and challenged us to guess which was the moon. The resemblance is uncanny.The tweet has since garnered over 43 thousand retweets and 34 thousand likes. See if you can figure out which is which.
— 寺窪ましろ (@Terubou_Cos) June 20, 2016
With its similar color, shape, and marble pattern, the moon really did look, that night, like someone had just stuck their lunch meat up in the sky for all to behold. Given that this moon looks like something you're more likely to find between two hunks of bread than in a fruit bowl, the name Strawberry Moon may seem a little strange. Of course, there are other names for this phenomenon as well. Some popular ones include Rose Moon and Honey Moon. Maybe "Sandwich Meat Moon" just didn't have the same ring to it.