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Tiny crack disqualifies pumpkin thought to be largest in U.S.

Tiny crack disqualifies pumpkin thought to be largest in U.S.

 Tiny crack disqualifies pumpkin thought to be largest in U.S

A Wisconsin farmer grew a 2,520-pound pumpkin believed to be the heaviest grown in the country this year, but it was disqualified from competition due to a crack.



Mike Schmit of Markesan said he has been growing giant pumpkins for years, but this year marked the first time one of his gourds surpassed 2,500 pounds.

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Schmit's 2,520-pound pumpkin is believed to be the largest grown in the United States this year, but it was disqualified from competition due to a fingernail-sized crack in the vegetable's exterior.


The grower said the crack is believed to be a result of internal pressure from the pumpkin's large size and the awkward way it was growing


The pumpkin could have earned Schmit a $22,680 prize from 2021 Safeway World Championship Pumpkin Weigh-Off in California, which offers a $9-per-pound prize to the winner.


Schmit said he is now looking toward the future.


"It happens. There's no crying in pumpkin growing," Schmit told WTMJ-TV. "I know I can do it again, so we just gotta look forward to the future."


The all-time record for a pumpkin grown in the United States was set in 2018 by Steve Geddes of Boscawen, N.H., whose pumpkin tipped the scales at 2,528 pounds.

Florida man reels in record-breaking butterfly peacock bass

Florida man reels in record-breaking butterfly peacock bass

 Florida man reels in record-breaking butterfly peacock bass

Wildlife officials in Florida said a state record was broken by a Hialeah man who reeled in a butterfly peacock bass that tipped the scales at 9.11 pounds.



The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission said Felipe Prieto was fishing in a Broward County lake one day after work when he reeled in the 23 5/16-inch fish.

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The butterfly peacock bass weighed in at 9.11 pounds, breaking the record of 9.08 pounds, which had stood since 1993.


"The butterfly peacock bass is colorful, a lightning-fast striker and a hard fighter," FWC Commission Chairman Rodney Barreto said in a statement. "Anglers from across the country travel here to catch a peacock bass, which only adds to the tremendous economic impact fishing has in Florida. This unique game fish is just one of the features that makes Florida, truly, the Fishing and Boating Capital of the World."

British engineer takes world's fastest lawnmower to 143.19 mph

British engineer takes world's fastest lawnmower to 143.19 mph

 British engineer takes world's fastest lawnmower to 143.19 mph

A British man broke a Guinness World Record when he built a riding lawn mower that reaches a speed of 143.19 mph.



Tony Edwards, a mechanical engineer from St. Martins, Shropshire, England, said he became interested in building the world's fastest lawnmower about two years ago.

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"I know that a guy from the U.K. had the record at one point, at 96 mph. Then I think Honda had it at 116mph, and then a team from Norway did it at 132 mph, and I thought I'd give it a try," he told the Shropshire Star.


Edwards said he built the lawnmower from scratch, enlisting the help of a welding expert to help with some of the chassis work.


The lawnmower is powered by a 1300cc unit from a Suzuki motorcycle. Edwards said Guinness also stipulated that the lawn mower had to be able to actually cut grass.


"I had to send videos to Guinness to prove that it was a lawnmower," he said.


Edwards' lawnmower reached a speed of 143.193 mph when he took it for a spin at Elvington Airfield in York, England.


Edwards said he believes the lawnmower can go faster, but it becomes more dangerous because the front wheels leave the ground, making steering especially difficult.

820-foot pedestrian bridge in Ontario earns Guinness World Record

820-foot pedestrian bridge in Ontario earns Guinness World Record

 820-foot pedestrian bridge in Ontario earns Guinness World Record

An 820-foot bridge suspended over an Ontario highway was awarded a Guinness record because the world's longest enclosed footbridge .



The Pickering footbridge , which was built by Metrolinx over Highway 401, was verified by Guinness because the world's longest enclosed footbridge after it had been officially measured at 820 feet long.


Metrolinx spokeswoman Anne Marie Aikins said the bridge was completed in September 2018 and therefore the transit agency decided to use for the Guinness record in 2020.


"We knew we had something special which we couldn't find another one round the world that was an equivalent length and that made us think we should always see if it is the longest, and surely , it is," Aikins told CTV News.


Aikins said the method of applying for the record and getting approved by Guinness took over a year.


The bridge, which connects the Pickering Go railway station to the Pickering Town Center, stretches over 14 lanes of highway, six railway tracks and a city road.