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I've seen this rumor online a few times now, such as:

Can Vietnamese people break apples in half? (1,247 views)

Yes. Source: half Vietnamese.

The claim also seems to be on Reddit (here; here; here) [I can't access Reddit from China right now: VPN is not working]. For this rumor, there's something special about Vietnamese people in particular; it's more than just "some people can do it, and some people are Vietnamese".

Question: Is it common for Vietnamese people to be able to split apples in half with their bare hands?

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    I have seen people do that (in Belgium) while I was young, in the 1950s.
    – hdhondt
    May 24 at 4:49
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    If there is "something special about Vietnamese people" in this regard, it seems likely to be something as simple as "the trick happens to be popular in Vietnam, and therefore more Vietnamese people choose to take the time to learn how to do it". May 24 at 5:02
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    It might also depend on what varieties of apple are popular in different countries. Different varieties vary in softness, so perhaps Vietnamese apples are more amenable to the trick in some way, in addition to cultural factors as @NateEldredge suggests
    – PhillS
    May 24 at 10:47
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    I've seen people do it in the US. You need the right apple, though. May 24 at 13:20
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    For what it's worth, I've successfully split an apple in half after reading the Reddit posts even though I'm not Vietnamese.
    – Schmuddi
    May 24 at 16:31

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