This innocent lemon entertained over 3 million people by rolling down a hill

July 13th, 2018

Sometimes, we really never know how the simplest of things—like walking outside and looking around—can surprise us. For netizen Mike Sakasegawa, his casual walk near his San Diego home led him to follow a lone lemon roll down the hill for about four minutes straight, and it is strangely very interesting and cute to watch that it went viral.

Today as I was walking home after my run I saw a large lemon rolling down the hill. It kept rolling for about a quarter mile. And now you can see it, too. pic.twitter.com/dQoHi4RrXS

— Mike Sakasegawa (@sakeriver) July 11, 2018

Sakasegawa managed to record only over a minute of the whole event, but the video has reached over 3 million views. “I thought it was a tennis ball or something,” said Sakasegawa in an interview. “I wanted to see how long it would keep rolling.”

As a photographer, Sakasegawa focuses on the beauty of the most mundane objects such as this one. “I post stuff that’s similar to this all the time,” he said. “Most of the time, it floats on by.”

When asked why he thinks the video such as this one became so popular, Sakasegawa said: “It’s hard to say. I think that on some level, something goes viral every day. I think it’s kind of just random chance.”

“Judging by the things that people had been saying, people find it soothing. They just like to have a little bit of a break from everything that’s going on.”

As a token, Sakasegawa decided to keep the lemon, perhaps as a reminder of how little things can make people smile. “As a photographer, a lot of what I take pictures of, and just sort of one of the things I try and do, is elevate the ordinary and mundane and find things that are beautiful and entertaining,” he added.

I felt bad about leaving the large lemon in the gutter so I went back, retrieved it, took it home, and washed it off. pic.twitter.com/iqWxuQuCiL

— Mike Sakasegawa (@sakeriver) July 11, 2018

He even managed to weigh the thing.

Look at this absolute unit. pic.twitter.com/TU8G0HkVHC

— Mike Sakasegawa (@sakeriver) July 11, 2018


While Sakasegawa isn’t sure about what he’s going to do about the lemon yet, he said “A bunch of people think I should make lemonade with it or eat it or something.”

For the meantime, he gave the lemon its own home:

I can’t keep up with the notifications on this thread so I think I have to mute it. But here is one more before I go: a photo of the large lemon hanging out this morning in our back yard, on our own very small, undergrown lemon tree. Cheers! pic.twitter.com/n373eFmOki

— Mike Sakasegawa (@sakeriver) July 12, 2018

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