By: Andi Grill
Punkin Chunkin (watch it Thanksgiving night at 8PM!) is one of my favorite things about working for SCIENCE. I've been to the actual World Championship event three times now and it is just incredible to watch those massive machines send those gourds flying into the skyline. There's only one thing missing: some medieval carnage. That's where Chunk This comes in.
Yesterday, the SCIENCE digital group teamed up with air cannon team Chunkin Up, Metro Productions and Butler's Orchard to see what would happen if we pointed their massive machine right at a few different targets and let those gourds rip. What we got was better than we'd hoped! Layers of drywall, a Thanksgiving dinner table, a refrigerator and even an upright piano were outright annihilated. What better way to spend the day, right?
We originally tried this idea with air cannon team Chunk'n'ology in 2010 (check out the video below to see how it turned out). The difference this year is that we shot everything with higher quality cameras, which means you'll be able to see more of the carnage in seriously slow motion. It's gonna be epic.