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Smashing pumpkins

Local men get their kicks catapulting gourds world-record distances

Bruce Blatchford of the Fibonacci Unlimited Two team loads a pumpkin in the sling on a catapult that will launch the pumpkin nearly 3,000 feet (see photo below). The team is training to defend its title and world record at the 2006 Punkin Chunkin Championship in Delaware next month.
Bruce Blatchford of the Fibonacci Unlimited Two team loads a pumpkin in the sling on a catapult that will launch the pumpkin nearly 3,000 feet (see photo below). The team is training to defend its title and world record at the 2006 Punkin Chunkin Championship in Delaware next month. (Globe Staff Photo / Tom Herde) Globe Staff Photo / Tom Herde
By Carolyn Y. Johnson
Globe Staff / October 26, 2006

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NORWELL -- It took just a split second for the arm of the 30-foot catapult to snap around, launching a small, round pumpkin from its nylon sling high into the air, over the treetops, and out of sight. A loud crack followed -- the sound of an 8-pound pumpkin crash-landing half a mile away. (Full article: 762 words)

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