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Video Shows Highlights of NASA's Pumpkin Carving Contest


NASA pumpkin carving

Last month there was a Harvest Festival in my area and on hand was a pumpkin carving expert, showing off his handiwork.  As I stood in front of his creations, jaw to the floor and camera in hand, I asked a question to my wife: 'How the hell does he do that?!'  Ya see, no matter how hard I try, no matter how sharp the knife is and no matter how easy a stencil pattern I print out, I simply cannot carve a pumpkin for the life of me.  Unbeknownst to me, the dude had heard me ask this question of my wife, and he replied to the question with a simple answer: "It doesn't take a rocket scientist," he said.

It may not take a rocket scientist to carve up a Jack O'Lantern, but I'm willing to bet that you wouldn't be surprised to learn that rocket scientists do in fact make for excellent Halloween artisans.  Every year, the folks over at NASA take a break from their aerospace research and have a fun little pumpkin carving contest amongst themselves, splitting up into teams and being given an hour to carve up the most gourd-eous masterpieces they can conjure up.  Their creations are just a bit more elaborate than the ones you typically find on front stoops in your neighborhood, to say the least.

Check out video footage of this year's event, which shows off some of the more impressive highlights!