This Thanksgiving, We’re Gonna Hurl…Pumpkins

Punkin Chunkin 2010Thanksgiving is a time for family, friends, food and, in the case of Discovery Channel and Science Channel, high-flying pumpkins and splat-filled feats of engineering and science.

Following the 2010 World Punkin Chunkin Championship, Punkin Chunkin explores every angle of the intense competition from growing special, aerodynamic pumpkins and determining the perfect pumpkin’s mass to the mechanics of the air cannon and the physics of catapults. Is this a small, cult gathering? Hardly. With 110 teams and 30,000 spectators, Punkin Chunkin rivals the other sports you might tune into over the long holiday weekend. Even MythBusters’ Adam Savage and Jamie Hyneman are getting in on the action as hosts of Punkin Chunkin, which premieres Thanksgiving night at 8pm ET/PT on Discovery Channel and Science Channel.

And, if you want to see what it takes to make it to the top, Science Channel’s The Road to Punkin Chunkin (Wednesday, November 24 at 10pm ET/PT) will introduce you to the teams and personalities behind the air cannons and trebuchets.  Also, you can try your hand at chunkin with the Lord of the Gourd game at

Wishing you all a Happy Thanksgiving, full of pumpkin pie and pumpkin splats (on the TV only, of course)!