According to the story, a competition is held annually in Delaware to see who can shoot a pumpkin highest into the air and have it come down intact, at least until the moment it hits the ground. The story omitted some details that I would have found interesting, like the size of the pumpkins used, how the judges measure the height attained by a flying pumpkin, how they know that the falling pumpkin is still intact before it lands, and what the muzzle velocity of a typical pumpkin cannon is. It's all about muzzle velocity, of course, but a joking reference to 5,000 mph in the article is obviously not in the ballpark. At this writing, the height record is 3,199 feet. Although I could readily calculate the terminal velocity of a falling pumpkin given its radius and weight, my high school algebra is not up to the problem of calculating the muzzle velocity required to loft a given pumpkin to, say, 4,000 feet, through a resisting medium like air. This will be a good exercise for the calculus buffs among our readers; in the meantime, watch for pumpkins in Delaware airways.