Giant Monster Pumpkin

Dorset dairy farmer Mark Baggs has grown a pumpkin that weighs as much as a small car. The 28-year-old used his cows’ manure to grow the 1,334lb vegetable, which has taken top honors at a show in Netley, Hampshire. The super-squash eclipsed the man’s son Jack, two, who was plopped atop the Halloween monster to give an idea of its scale. Specialist lifting equipment had to be used to move the pumpkin to the site of the annual Pumpkin Festival. Mr Baggs, who has also grown a world record-breaking marrow in excess of 140lb, grew the orange giant at his home in Wareham, Dorset.” w/ photo

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Robot Triathlon

“These Evolta robots are hoping to prove their endurance abilities by completing a triathlon.” — diagonaluk

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How To Tie An Unusual Tie Knot

“Saw some cool designs for necktie knots online. Thought I would share mine. Never thought of giving it a name… any ideas?” — McGreyling

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School Suspends Boy For Selling Chocolate

A schoolboy has been suspended for selling chocolate and crisps to pupils. Tommie Rose, 12, set up a playground business after being inspired by TV shows Dragon’s Den and The Apprentice. His family say he was making up to $82 a day selling chocolate, crisps, and drink at Oasis Academy in Salford. But the school has a strict healthy-eating policy and teachers say sales between students are banned. Tommie, of James Henry Avenue, Ordsall, began selling the snacks at the start of this term. He was sent home for a day and given a warning by teachers, but the budding businessman has persisted in smuggling goods into the school – and has racked up 10 days of suspensions. Parents Gary, 30, an office worker, and gym manager Tracy, also 30, say they have tried to stop their son from selling the sweets – but believe his punishment is too harsh. Gary said: “We are supporting the school but I think he is only selling chocolate and the way they have dealt with it is far too harsh.” w/ photo

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