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Jaw-Dropping Proof That NASA Rocket Scientists Carve The Best Pumpkins

The internet’s chock full of wonderful ways to carve a Halloween pumpkin every year, but few can hold a glowing candle to what the scientists, engineers, and researchers at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Lab come up with. Every year the lab holds a pumpkin-carving competition and the results, and the carving techniques, are exactly what you’d expect from the geniuses who landed the rovers on Mars.


How Much Would A Pumpkin The Size Of Your House Weigh?

The wonderful world of genetic engineering has given us gargantuan pumpkins the size of compact cars. But don’t think it’s going to stop there. In addition to spreading Halloween cheer and giving local evening news something to cover, giant pumpkins could eventually be grown to the size of a house and used as a cheap and temporary place for someone to live.


Why Carved Pumpkins Are Called Jack O' Lanterns

The name “Jack O’ Lantern” was originally one of the numerous names given to ignis fatuus (Medieval Latin for “foolish fire”), another of which is “Will O’ the Wisps”, basically the odd light that can occasionally be seen over marshes, swamps, and the like. “Jack O’ Lantern” first popped up being used this way around the mid-17th century in East Anglia, UK and spread from there through parts of England, Ireland and Scotland.


Homemade Explosives Are The Most Satisfying Way To Carve A Pumpkin

When you’re too old to go trick-or-treating, and don’t have any kids to go on your behalf, Halloween stops being as fun as it was when you were young. But don’t worry — there are still plenty of ways to bring a little grownup fun back to October 31. For example, carving a pumpkin is considerably more awesome when you add some light explosives into the mix.


This Pumpkin Tap Turns Your Halloween Gourd Into An Edible Keg

Make Martha Boowart proud — while giving your Monster Mash an added seasonal flair — by converting that pre-op Jack-o-Lantern into something far more useful than a carriage: a Keg. The Pumpkin Tap will turn any pumpkin or squash — even watermelon — into an impromptu beverage server.


How To Make DIY Flaming Pumpkins For Halloween

Everybody knows that everything is much more impressive when you add fire to it. Especially Halloween decorations. If you want to add some burning heat to your haunted house and/or burn some costumes off, watch this video that shows you how to make a flaming pumpkin. It’s really easy. Like shockingly easy.


I Want To Meet These Amazing Pumpkin Carvers

Marc Evan and Chris Soria are amazing artists who can do more with a pumpkin than you can with a pen and paper and/or photoshop. In The Pumpkin Maestro, a short documentary about the duo by Tumblr Storyboard, you get to see what influences and motivates their work and the unique tools they use to carve pumpkins.


Laser-Carved Pumpkin Produces Impressive Results, Terrible Smells

In a stroke of pure genius, Jack Chalkley decided the intricate pattern he’d chosen for his pumpkin was too complicated for his limited carving skills. So he converted his design into vector art in Illustrator, fed the results into his laser-cutting machine, and plunked his pumpkin down on the cutting bed.


How To Build Your Very Own Flamethrower Jack-O'-Lantern

This time of year, there’s no shortage of insane and awesome Jack-O’-Lanterns this time of year, but this is the first we’ve seen that shoots fire out of its mouth via a remote-controlled flame thrower. Instructables user randofo has a guide on how to make your own.


Watch Pumpkins Getting Smashed (And Unsmashed) In Slow Motion

Sure, it was an iconic, angstish band some decades back, but have you ever actually smashed a pumpkin? What about watching them get shattered to bits and put back together at 1000fps? No? Well it’s the Great Pumpkin Smashing, Charlie Brown!


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