An animal, a slug maybe, had violated the integrity of this backyard tomato by opening up a hole on top of it. I took advantage of this portal to the inner universe of the tomato by conducting a little experiment in tomato calorimetry.
The results conclusively demonstrate that tomatoes exposed to full sun could get rather hot. At 1500 hours yesterday afternoon this tomato had an inside temperature of 44°C.
Next project from the dull edge of science: a lentil mystery.