1) I don't see any worm holes, and when I got my durian, it had frost on the spikes, implying it had been frozen prior to being offered for sale. So hopefully when I cut it open, it won't be like that scene in Poltergeist, cuz it would totally suck to open the durian, experience the stench, and not even be able to try it because something else had turned it into condos.
2) Some of the durian sites suggest shaking it and listening for tell-tale sounds that denote a "good" durian. As far as I can tell, without gloves, oven mitts, or tongs, there's no way to comfortably shake a durian. You can't grip the damn thing in both hands firmly enough to shake it without causing pain and/or punctures. I have not googled "durian shaking methods", but I suspect that I'm either missing something obvious, or that durian fans are oblivous to something as minor as sharp, stiff spikes poking their hands.
anyway, the King of the Fruits is ripening in my fridge. It's beginning to smell..quite fruity, like a VERY ripe cataloupe. Not like an open sewer...yet. I suspect that's not going to happen until I cut it open. I'm thinking tomorrow is D(urian)-Day, assuming it's not as rainy as it was today (I've already decided I'm gonna cut in outdoors, in case The King's reputation is not exaggerated).
And a note:
I've previously had durian flavored Ice cream, popsicles, and a month ago, a milkshake with black tapioca balls. So I sorta know what I'm getting into, in that I've liked durian-flavored things in the past. But anyone who's ever smelled a McDonald's strawberry milkshake before can confirm that the "x-flavored" thing often smells and tastes quite different from the original "x".
Wish me luck.