Man paddles 38 miles down Missouri River in 846-pound pumpkin to claim world record

Man beats previous ‘Longest journey by pumpkin boat’ record

Oh my gourd! A man in Nebraska tried to break a Guinness World Record by rowing himself down the Missouri River in a hollowed-out pumpkin. He is aiming to snag the “Longest journey by pumpkin boat” record.

Oh my gourd!

A man in Nebraska just broke a Guinness World Record by rowing himself down the Missouri River in a hollowed-out pumpkin.

His title is under review, but when approved, he will have snagged the “Longest journey by pumpkin boat” record.

Duane Hansen paddled 38 miles in the pumpkin on Saturday to celebrate his 60th birthday, CNN reported. He set out from the city of Bellevue at 7:30 a.m. and arrived in Nebraska City about eleven hours later.

The makeshift vessel had the name “S.S. Berta” written on the back and a cup holder carved into the hull.

The previous Guinness World Record for the longest journey by pumpkin boat was set in 2018 when a man paddled 25.5 miles.

A spokesperson for Guinness World Records said they have gotten Hansen’s application for the title and are awaiting evidence to review it.

“Berta” the pumpkin weighed 846 pounds.


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