Tuesday, March 13, 2012
Heaviest parsnip: David Thomas sets world record
NEWARK, UK-- The 17lb 3oz parsnip, grown by Cornish farmer David Thomas, sets the new world record for the Heaviest parsnip, according to World Record Academy: http://www.worldrecordacademy.com/.
The Guinness world record for the heaviest parsnip weighs 7.85 kg (17 lb 4.9 oz) and was grown by David Thomas (UK). It was weighed at the Malvern Autumn Show at the Three Counties Showground in Worcestershire, UK.
Guinness World Records also recognized the world record for the heaviest garlic, set by a garlic head grown by Robert Kirkpatrick of Eureka, California, USA in 1985 weighed 1.19 kg (2 lb 10 oz).
David dug up the vegetable last September with his 11-year-old daughter Madeline.
Mr Thomas, 43, said: 'It's not a beauty contest and the parsnip is ugly. It's been compared to Davy Jones but it is the biggest and now it's official.'
Pirates character Jones has an octopus-like head, with tentacles giving the illusion of a thick beard. He uses the tentacles like fingers to manipulate objects.
David said: 'My daughter helped me dig it out that day and we were quite excited when we realised how big it was so we weighed it on the bathroom scales.
"It is totally different to my day job and it's a bit of a challenge and it is great fun. I get to go all over the country doing it."
He travels to two or three shows each year and says his wife Sarah 'tolerates' his hobby because he involves their daughter.
David believes he is getting close to smashing more world records with other vegetables.
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