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60-year-old Duane Hansen may have squashed previous record for longest journey by pumpkin boat

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On August 27, 60-year-old Duane Hansen of Syracuse, Nebraska, set out to break a world record with the 846-pound pumpkin he had grown. What mattered to Hansen was not the weight of the squash but rather the distance it might travel.

Hansen carved and hollowed his massive pumpkin to accommodate a crew of one. With a circumference of approximately 146 inches, the pumpkin, which Hansen dubbed the SS Berta, fit Hansen comfortably. It was designed not for wheels but for waves.

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