Dumb-Ass Lists: Twitter Celebrates National Pumpkin Day

Thursday October 26, 2017

Dumb-Ass Lists: Twitter Celebrates National Pumpkin Day

Pumpkin obsession: it's not just for Linus anymore. October 26 is National Pumpkin Day.

There's no escaping pumpkins in October. On a culinary level, there are pumpkin cookies, pasta, cheesecake, oatmeal and even beer. Socially, there are pumpkin patches, carving contests and pumpkin chunkin' contests.

According to the National Day Calendar, the squash is native to  North America. The oldest evidence of pumpkin-related seeds dates back to somewhere between 7000 and 5500 BC to seeds found in Mexico.

A 2,145-pound pumpkin from Streator, Illinois holds the current North American record. At 2,323-pounds, the giant pumpkin from Switzerland retains the world record prize. 

In a year where spice lattes were being hawked long before the proverbial frost was on the pumpkin, you'd think that people would welcome the end to this prolonged season of the popular orange autumnal squash.

Not so fast!

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