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Woman Critically Injured by Pumpkin Cannon

'Punkin Chunkin' contest hit by tragedy

(Newser) - Delaware's famous Punkin Chunkin competition, in which teams fire pumpkins impressive distances from an assortment of contraptions, was hit by tragedy Sunday when a pumpkin cannon blew up, critically injuring a 39-year-old woman. The "Pumpkin Reaper" air cannon was getting ready to launch a pumpkin when the trapdoor... More »

'A New Low for Crime': 200 Pumpkins Stolen

They could sell for up to $3K

(Newser) - Almost 200 pumpkins were stolen from a New Jersey farm stand in the wee hours of Tuesday, a crime that required the culprits to make three trips to fill up their van with pumpkins. All three trips were caught on surveillance video that's been released by the family-run Farms... More »

Craft Breweries Are Finding Specialty Hops All Tapped Out

In spite of rapid growth in supply, demand is causing headaches

(Newser) - Henry VIII once called hops a "wicked and pernicious weed," but they're crucial to the production of most beers, especially when it comes to "hoppy" India Pale Ales, or IPAs. In fact, more than 4,000 brewers are battling for less than a dozen popular hop... More »

Brewers Are Scrambling to Get Pumpkin for Fall Beers

Blame it on the weather

(Newser) - No, the predicted Great Pumpkin Shortage of 2015 didn't actually live up to its name, as Fortune reported last November. But that's in part because the companies that can pumpkins didn't hold onto reserves for the following year's crop—that would, of course, be this year'... More »

Biggest Pumpkin Ever in N. America Hails From Smallest State

2,200-pound monster was grown in Rhode Island

(Newser) - Zuckerman's Famous Pig , make way for Ron Wallace's Famous Pumpkin. "Oh my gourd" is the only appropriate reaction to the country club manager's monster entry in a Rhode Island competition over the weekend: The pumpkin weighed in at 2,230.5 pounds , with a circumference... More »

We Really Aren't That Crazy About Pumpkin Lattes

They're nice, but only about once a season: study

(Newser) - You'd think our pumpkin latte obsession would have to be pretty bad to warrant a study on their sales, but it turns out most of us like a taste only about once every season. Market research firm NPD Group reviewed fall and winter receipts from some 35,000 diners... More »

Starbucks to Actually Put Pumpkin in Pumpkin Spice Latte

The battle over caramel coloring comes to an end

(Newser) - Starbucks lovers, rejoice: The pumpkin spice latte controversy is over! The company announced today that its popular fall drink will finally be made with real pumpkin, USA Today reports. To recap, (the controversial ) food blogger Vani Hari wrote a viral piece about the latte drink last year and pressed... More »

Theft of Kids' Onions Has Happy Ending

As does the theft of other kids' pumpkins

(Newser) - What started out as a lousy lesson for a fifth-grade class in Maine has turned into a nice one instead. As the Morning Sentinel reports, the lousy part is that somebody stole all 100 onions planted by the class. The kids were going to give them to the school cafeteria... More »

Thief Returns Stolen 100lb Pumpkin to Boy

Along with note of apology

(Newser) - A 9-year-old Pennsylvania boy got his huge pumpkin returned to him yesterday by an apologetic, if anonymous, thief. Jaiden Newcomer won the pumpkin at a festival when he guessed how much it weighed (100 pounds, according to the York Daily Record ), and the behemoth required four adults and a... More »

Irene's Belated Cruel Blow: Pumpkin Shortage

Farmers in the Northeast watched their crops wash away

(Newser) - Hurricane Irene destroyed plenty of things—and one of them could be Halloween. There's a serious pumpkin shortage in the Northeast, the gloomy result of the destruction Irene inflicted on the region's pumpkin patches. The AP talked to one farmer in upstate New York who watched his entire... More »

'Pumpkin Streaker' Cops a Plea in Colo.

Student, one of 12, will do community service, avoid sex-offender status

(Newser) - A University of Colorado student who ran through a pedestrian mall naked except for a pumpkin on her head on Halloween agreed yesterday to a plea deal, the Boulder Daily Camera reports. The 20-year-old will do 6 months of probation and 8 hours of community service, and will not have... More »

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