There are quirky stories that you simply cannot love. One recently that caught my eye was a Colorado man rolling a peanut up to the top of Pikes Peak with his nose.

This week, the news is out of nearby Nebraska where one man saw a challenge, and took it head-on.

Reports are that Duane Hansen was inspired to float down the Missouri River while on a trip to Ohio, but that isn't the real story. The real story is that Hansen planned to do so while inside of a hollowed-out pumpkin, that HE GREW.

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Dubbed the "SS Berta" by Hansen, he took off on his 60th birthday on the maiden (and possible final) voyage of the 846-pound pumpkin and ended up setting a Guinness World Record in the process.

Not only was Hansen celebrating his birthday that day, but by sundown, he was celebrating a feat that can surely be seen as unique. He ended up making it a staggering 38.5 miles in the pumpkin, setting a record.

Hansen made it from Bellvue, Nebraska all the way down to Nebraska City on his record-breaking journey. To see photos and get the whole story, visit the original article here.


You can also see the video and story from News Channel Nebraska here:

Now all that's left is to hear of the fate of the SS Berta, and who may be crazy enough to challenge Hansen for pumpkin superiority on the high seas.

Sources: News Channel NebraskaYahoo NewsHuffPost, and


LOOK: 10 Reasons to Visit the South Dakota Badlands

Returning from a weekend trip to Rapid City, South Dakota for state basketball tournaments we decided to visit the Badlands National Park.

A quick turn-off I-90 will take you into some of the most awe-inspiring scenery.

It's also fun to note that several big-screen movies were filmed in the Badlands. Dances With Wolves, Starship Troopers, Armageddon, and most recently, Academy Award winner, Nomadland.

It's a spectacular park with tons to do. If you're setting out on a hike, bring lots of water and sign the hikers' logs at the trailheads. It could save your life. It's a tough place to survive.

Here are 10 facts about the Badlands:




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