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Wednesday, November 23, 2005

Pumpkin Launchers

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This is a pretty crazy sport, in which giant pumpkin guns fire pumpkins almost a mile away.

Every year since 1986, near Millsboro (Delaware), the Punkin Chunkin has been held. This month, 100 teams vied to see whose supergun could toss an 8-10lb (3.6-4.6kg) pumpkin farthest. There are several categories (air cannons, trebuchets, pedal-powered doohickeys) and no explosives are allowed. The biggest air cannons, with barrels up to 150 feet (46 metres) long, can shoot their fruit projectiles most of a mile.

After each pumpkin lands, eager men on quad bikes zoom around looking for the crater and then measure the distance.

There's a bunch of photo galleries and some video downloads if you're curious. Good lord, couldn't they just, smash pumpkins with a hammer or something? No, they had to go and build gigantic cannons.

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