Giant machine planning to dominate Punkin Chunkin' Contest
The Colossal Thunder was designed to toss pumpkins at world-record distances, but so far the pumpkins have not been able to withstand the machine's force. (Source: KOTV/CBS)
KANSAS, OK (KOTV/CBS) - Trebouchets were originally weapons
used in the middle ages to sling heavy objects at the enemy, but today a group
of students is using one to set a world record for "punkin chunkin.'"
Cory Winesburg, the welding instructor at the Northeast
Technology Center, is overseeing students as they build a machine to enter into
the Punkin Chunkin' Contest in Bridgeville, DE.
The machine nicknamed The Colossal Thunder is
participating in a videotaped contest to be shown Thanksgiving night on the
The only problem is finding a pumpkin that will withstand
the force of propulsion. The machine has thrown a softball about 650 feet at more
than 200 miles per hour, but many of the pumpkins break apart before they hit
"The record we're trying to break is 1,526,"