Now this is cool

Record breaking pumpkin launch in Utah

MOAB, Utah (AP) — A team that shoots pumpkins from a giant air cannon says it achieved the holy grail of the sport – chucking a pumpkin a distance of more than one mile.

The ”Big 10 Inch Team” from Pennsylvania, Delaware and New Jersey says it launched the 9.5-pound pumpkin at Moab’s old airport on Friday.

The team used a 90-foot, compressed-air cannon and traveled to southern Utah hoping the high elevation and thin air would help the vegetable sail farther.

Makes my 300-yard potato cannon look pathetic.

UPDATE: geeze, thanks to EOS, I’m learning that there’s a whole world out there determined to set records in pumpkin chunking. But their machines cost $100,000 or so. My potato cannon, built from Home Depot pipes, cost maybe nineteen bucks. I’m content.

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  1. EOS

    The highlight of our year is November in Delaware.
    http://www.punkinchunkin.com/

    I dream of buying a house in Tuscany. My husband dreams of having the winning team at Punkin Chunkin.

  2. 1. How did they transport a 90-foot cannon from PA to UT?

    2. We could try shelling Oyster Bay from the Creek.

    3. With enough velocity, the potatoes will arrived already baked (and soft.)

  3. Retired IB'er

    “Makes my 300-yard potato cannon look pathetic.”

    Sounds like just another case of who has the bigger #$%#… 😉

  4. Retired IB'er

    My #@%$ nor my bank account was never going to be the biggest and so that is precisely why I got off the merry-go-round in my late 30s.

    Someone was always going to best me (in both categories unfortunately).

  5. Anonymous

    as traditionalists, we prefer the trebuchet.

    our concession to modernity is the funnelator.

  6. EOS

    There are categories for air, trebuchet, human power, catapult.

    The Big Ten Inch team was at PC last year.
    http://www.punkinchunkin.com/images/galleries/2009/alex/index.htm

    Our favorite to watch was Team Emancipator.

    http://www.punkinchunkin.com/images/galleries/2009/mike/index.htm

    We rent an RV to go down (for real) and have the most fun ever. If I still had my blog up I would live- stream shots.

    Everyone should do this once in their life.

  7. EOS

    I deleted the EOS blog, but not without alot of sadness. I had fun sharing my corner of the world but one commenter crossed the boundary into a creepy zone that we found unsettling. I only told my most ardent commenter/fan, Betty, before clicking the WordPress delete button because I felt she was owed an explanation. Oh well, on to the next career, wife of Team EOS, Punkin Chunkin 2010 Champs.

    • EOS, WordPress has a spam button that allows you to send individual commentators into the wilderness, where you will never hear from them again. I’ve only used it twice in three years, but it’s very effective. I’d suggest you resume blogging, at whatever frequency you’re comfortable with, and use that spam button. If and when you do post, alert me and I’ll send my readers to you. I’m a writing junkie, but even if you post a few times a month, our mutual readers will welcome it.

  8. EOS

    It wasn’t spam. I know how to deal with that. Someone took a photo of my house and emailed it to me. I didn’t sleep at all that night. So, thanks for the encouragement but I’m not up to the task of exposing my life to the extent that people look for ….and find… me.

  9. EOS

    Thanks. I don’t know what I’ll do next. Tonight, I fall asleep thinking of two dear friends I lost on 9/11.

  10. You both find posting pictures of peoples houses creepy?

    Not since Captain Renault has irony hung so heavily in the air:
    Rick: How can you close me up? On what grounds?
    Captain Renault: I’m shocked, shocked to find that gambling is going on in here!
    [a croupier hands Renault a pile of money]
    Croupier: Your winnings, sir.
    Captain Renault: [sotto voce] Oh, thank you very much.
    [aloud]
    Captain Renault: Everybody out at once!