You’ve heard of the Great Pumpkin.
But you might not have heard of this 1,100-pound behemoth that Rick Swenson made into a boat and paddled down the Red River from North Dakota to Minnesota earlier this month. To break a record, according to NPR’s “Morning Edition.”
Swenson’s a competitive pumpkin grower from Minnesota, according to NPR, and when he realized one of his wasn’t going to be a record-winner this year, he decided to aim for the record for longest distance paddled in a pumpkin.
So he hollowed out the 1,086-pound pumpkin he began growing in March and made a 2 1/2-foot deep hole in it for his feet and legs, sat on the edge of it and paddled down the river, with the goal of surpassing the 15-mile distance record.
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More than 13 hours later he had achieved his dubious goal, and then some, paddling 25.6 miles and (unofficially) into the books.
Swenson, 35, told Fox 9-KMSP in Minnesota that it wasn’t always a straight-ahead ride — the boat sometimes spun in circles — but that he was surprised at how well it went.
“It’s heavy, but it’s stable,” he told the TV station.
After that, Swenson donated the monster pumpkin — which measured 14 feet around with a shell at least 10 inches thick — to the Chahinkapa Zoo in Wahpeton, N.D., for its Halloween Party, according to NPR.
All records aside, we know there’s really only one authentic Great Pumpkin, isn’t there? Happy Halloween.