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Man Sails Down The River Ouse In York In A Pumpkin

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Man Sails Down The River Ouse In York In A Pumpkin

When you think about this time of year, you think of fireworks, kids dressed as ghosts egging your house because you've run out of Freddos (who can afford them nowadays, anyway) and pumpkins on the front doorstep of everyone's home.

What you perhaps wouldn't think of is some chap sailing down the River Ouse near York in a huge hollowed out pumpkin. That would just be weird.

Well, get ready, because that's exactly what a guy called Tom Pearcy did.

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Pearcy decided to get into the gigantic squash and sail straight down the river, which must have been cold. He was attempting to set the record for largest pumpkin boat.

Now, his pumpkin sailing vessel weighed a whopping 619kg and was obviously large enough to carry a fully grown human being, so you'd think he would be in with a decent chance there.

It may not come as any surprise to you to learn that there is no current Guinness World Record for this questionably impressive feat.

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I mean, look at the thing.

If you want to look at the thing in real life, incidentally, you can. The gigantic pumpkin boat will be on display at York Maze - which is where Mr Pearcy works - until Sunday November 4. Get down quickly, mind. These things have a habit of going off quite quickly once you've hollowed them out.

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Whilst they are at it, they could have had a go at making a few world records. I mean, the innards for that could surely have been used to make the world's largest ever pumpkin pie?

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Well, there is actually a record in existence for that.

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The largest pumpkin pie ever made was back in 2010 and it weighed 3,699 pounds. They must have been very annoyed not to be able to tie just one more pound on there.

It was made in New Bremen, Ohio, and spanned 20 feet across. They used canned pumpkin, however. That sounds a bit like cheating to me.

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Of his exploits on the River Ouse, Pearcy told the BBC: "We've had a look around and can't find an established world record for the heaviest boat, so today I am the pumpkin pilot!"

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Well, if that's not justification enough to do something like this, I don't know what is.

Hopefully he'll get his world record and the recognition that a feat of endurance, bravery and - above all - eccentricity deserves.

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Topics: UK News, River, halloween, record

Tom Wood
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