Travis Gienger did not have much hope for a pumpkin he planted in April 2022. The 42-year-old horticulture teacher from Anoka, Minnesota, USA, had accidentally dropped a bucket of dirt on the plant when it was just five days old! But the mishap did not seem to impact the gourd. "Maverick" — nicknamed after the main character in Top Gun — grew to an astounding 1,130 kgs!
But Gienger was not done. He wanted to transform Maverick into the "world's heaviest jack-o'-lantern." Gienger enlistedpumpkin-carving maestro Mike Rudolph to help him with the task. The duo had initially planned to turn Maverick into a fighter pilot helmet. But the gourd was not round enough. Instead, they transformed it into a bald eagle — the country's national bird.