From Better Homes And Garden magazine:
More than 40 varieties of pumpkin are grown just for cooking.
Morton, Illinois is the self-proclaimed "Pumpkin capital of the world." 90 percent of all pumpkins used for canning in the U-S are grown within a 50-mile radius of the town.
Pumpkins were once prescribed for removing freckles and treating snake bites.
New Englanders were nicknamed "pumpkin-heads." In colonial New Haven, CT, cut pumpkins were used during haircuts as a guide for the scissors, creating a round, uniform cut.
The Guinness Book of World Records says the biggest pumpkin pie weighed 2,020 pounds (after baking). It was prepared and baked by the New Bremen Giant Pumpkin Growers at New Bremen, Ohio, on October 8, 2005.
The record for most number of pounds of pumpkins grown on one vine is 2,715 pounds!
On December 14, 2000, Steve Clarke of Havertown, Pa. became the fastest pumpkin carver. Steve carved a pumpkin copy of Rosemont High School where he teaches, in a record one minute and 14.8 seconds. In the process, Steve carved 19 seconds off the prior record held by Jerry Ayers of Baltimore, Ohio.
Most pumpkins: Mr. Ayers is not only fast, he has stamina. In 1999, he set a world record by carving one ton of pumpkins (detailed designs) in seven hours and 11 minutes.
Most Lit Pumpkins: For years, the folks in Keene, New Hampshire held and routinely broke this record. In 2006, their record stood at 28,952 lit pumpkins. Yes, the pumpkins must all be lit at the same time in the same place.
This past Friday night, on October 26, 2007, Boston Ma. shattered this record with 30,128 lit pumpkins! The record was part of a fundraiser for Camp Sunshine, raising over $250,000.
Pumpkin Throwing: Using an air cannon to propel a pumpkin a pumpkin thousands of feet is called "Pumpkin Chuckin". The world record stands at 4091 feet.
More? The University Of Illinois website offers these fun facts:
Total U.S. pumpkin production in 2006 was valued at $101.3 million.
Pumpkin flowers are edible.
Pumpkins are members of the vine crops family called cucurbits, just like squash and cucumbers.
Pumpkins originated in Central America
The name pumpkin originated from "pepon" – the Greek word for "large melon."
Pumpkins are a fruit.
Pumpkins are 90 percent water.