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When Plato wrote that necessity is the mother of invention

He was almost certainly talking about this.

The world has been crying out for pears in the shape of Buddha for quite some time now, and finally somebody has made it a reality.

Grown in little snap-on plastic moulds, Chinese farmer Hao Xianzhang spotted a gap in the potentially sacrilegious fruit market and is selling his enlightened offerings for 50 yuan (£5.35). We're not sure what eating Buddha will do for your karma in the long run, though. Maybe something to meditate on before tucking in.