Look at this giant-ass pumpkin

Not this one.
Not this one.
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New Hampshire resident Steve Geddes grew a pumpkin that not only won him $6,000 and a blue ribbon at Deerfield Fair, but set a record in the process. The 2,528-pound champion gourd is also the largest pumpkin ever grown in North America, reports The Boston Globe, besting the previous record-holder by almost 200 pounds.


Geddes falls short of the world-record holder, set two years ago in Belgium with a pumpkin that weighed in at 2,624 pounds. Still, as October kicks off, we think that growing a ginormous, good-for-not much-except-breaking-records pumpkin is something to celebrate. Just think of the jack o’ lantern—or pie—it could become.


Gwen Ihnat is the Editorial Coordinator for The A.V. Club.

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No record breakers at my place, but a fun story nonetheless.  Squirrels love to eat the pumpkins we set out for Halloween.  Apparently, last year they buried some seeds in my front planting bed.  So I had pumpkins growing in my front yard this year.  I just let them go.  Seven pumpkins later, I’m convinced the squirrels are better gardeners than I am.