“CULPEPER, Va., Oct. 14 — There once was a time when Ray Tolson thought the sport of ‘Punkin Chunkin’ sounded as crazy as can be, when the notion of spending as much as $200,000 to build a 100-foot-long ‘gun’ designed to fire a pumpkin nearly a mile seemed silly.
“But that was another Ray Tolson, a Ray Tolson who didn’t study air pressure and cloud speed in search of the perfect ‘air shelf’ where an 8- to 10-pound pumpkin could sail perfectly. Who didn’t commission university horticulturists to breed pumpkins that are precisely 9.5 inches in diameter, round and with a thick skin — the perfect projectile.
“Photo Ray Tolson removes a bucket protecting the muzzle of Second Amendment Too.
“Photo Credit: By Margaret Thomas — The Washington Post
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