It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown: The world of competitive pumpkin-growing


Bill Littlefield of NPR's sports program Only a Game interviews Susan Warren about competitive pumpkin-growing. [Direct link - Real format] An excerpt from her book Backyard Giants was printed in The Wall Street Journal: The Race to Break the Squash Barrier, the quest to grow a one-ton pumpkin. I'm fascinated by these subcultures of people obsessed with one thing.

Comments (7)
  1. Anonymous says:

    BUFFERING…BUFFERING…BUFFERING…BUFFERING…

  2. Anonymous says:

    I'm more fascinated by the fact that some people apparently still use Real… :P

  3. Anonymous says:

    "I'm fascinated by these subcultures of people obsessed with one thing."

    Love it, Raymond! But …this from the man who posted the article,

    "Why is there an LVN_ODSTATECHANGED notification when there's already a perfectly good LVN_ITEMCHANGED notification?"

    As far as niche obsessions go, well… There's no place like home! :-P

    Or maybe you just lure us all here so you can observe us as a subculture…

  4. Anonymous says:

    So, this was three years ago. Does anybody know if there has there been any news on the giant-pumpkin front? Has the 1-ton barrier been broken?

  5. Anonymous says:

    Let me just savour the irony of that last line for a second.

    Aah…

    [What is the one thing I am obsessed with? -Raymond]
  6. Anonymous says:

    You're right, all those specialised subcultures are for nerds. Let's all join hands and watch football and listen to pop music. :(

  7. Anonymous says:

    > [What is the one thing I am obsessed with? -Raymond] <<

    Knitting, clearly.

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