Matt Henson via Grand Forks Herald

Minivan utterly destroyed by 1,465-pound pumpkin

A 2-year-old boy did the honors.


David Britton

Internet Culture

Published Oct 27, 2015   Updated May 27, 2021, 6:03 pm CDT

Charlie Bernstrom of Lancaster, Minnesota, spent a lot of time growing and caring for his 1,465-pound pumpkin—and then some 2-year-old boy came along and just dropped it on a minivan? Is there no justice in the world?

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Luckily, Benstrom was in on the plan to hoist the massive pumpkin 80 feet in the air to drop it on a beat-up blue van. The idea was to provide a little bit of free entertainment for the locals and to raise money for the Kittson County Literary Council, which provides free books to local children.

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For one dollar, onlookers could buy a chance to pull the cord to drop the gourd. Those honors went to 2-year-old Emmett Peterson, who, as you can see in this newscast, later tried to deny the whole thing.

H/T Grand Forks Herald  |  Screengrab via Grand Forks Herald

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*First Published: Oct 27, 2015, 5:12 pm CDT