Can pumpkins fly?

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Howard County through the eyes of Sun photographers

November 09, 2005

Why let your aging jack-o'-lantern slowly decompose on your doorstep when you can launch it into the air with a large catapult? At least that's the theory at Clark's Elioak Farm on Route 108 in Ellicott City. All weekend, people dropped by with pumpkins to fling across the field. Targets were set up in the former pumpkin patch, but the real idea was to watch what happens to a pumpkin when it meets the ground at high speed. As a bonus, the scattered seeds from this year's splattered pumpkins will be left to grow into pumpkins next year.

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