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Just kidding, there's definitely a reason Todd Sandstrum of Easton, Massachusetts, decided to carve a person-sized hole in an 817-pound pumpkin and then proceed to sit inside of it with a kayaking paddle and then get it in the Taunton River and then row in the water like the pumpkin was a kayak. That reason, according to the Easton Enterprise-News was: raising awareness about agriculture! Okay!

‚ÄúI was able to get across the true message of farming,‚ÄĚ Sandstrum told the¬†Enterprise-News. ‚ÄúIt‚Äôs about getting kids in the dirt and getting people to buy local and support local agriculture.‚ÄĚ

Sandstrum runs the South Shore Great Pumpkin Challenge, an event for schools to grow a pumpkin, and that presumably has something to do with the fact that Sandstrum sought to lug an 800-pound pumpkin into a river and then sit in it and then row for 3.5 miles.

A Guinness World Record for "longest journey in a pumpkin boat" was apparently at stake, which may or may not be a joke and if it is a joke, you win this round, Easton Enterprise-News. Regardless, Sandstrum did the thing, but not without some difficulties. He struggled to get going, moving less than 100 yards in the first hour-and-a-half. Kayak? More like kay-nope!


But he got going eventually and that's very nice.

Michael Rosen is a reporter for Fusion based out of Oakland.