Happy Halloween!

Today everyone’s thinking about costumes, trick-or-treating, jack-o’-lantern carving and figuring out what to do with a 1,818 pound pumpkin.

While the latter might only be true for the owners of this year’s largest pumpkin, Wolfram|Alpha has something for everyone this Halloween. The nearly one-ton squash belongs to a farmer from Quebec, Canada. Besides carving it into a giant jack-o’-lantern, the next best thing to do with that much pumpkin is make enough pumpkin pie for a small town. A common recipe for a pumpkin pie calls for two cups of pumpkin. Using Wolfram|Alpha, we find that 1,818 pounds of pumpkin will allow us to make 3,550 pumpkin pies.

3550 pumpkin pies + 3550 cups of whipped cream

See what else you can do at our blog

World food production, harvest, and crop yield data.

coffee production in the Americas

In an attempt to fill in a more complete picture of global agricultural trends, we’ve added more data from the FAO—this time covering food production, harvest, and crop yields around the world.

Try asking Wolfram|Alpha about “coffee production in the Americas“, for example, and you’ll see that Brazil is the clear leader in this region, producing more than 2.5 times as much as #2-ranked Colombia.

Or ask about the corn harvest area in the United States and China, and you’ll see how the gap between the two countries has shrunk from some 20 million acres in 1961 to virtually nothing in 2009.

Learn more on our blog.

Mmmmmmmm, Simpsons’ Food

We doubt that Homer cared about the nutritional information of his Space Age, Out-of-This-World Moon Waffles or Skittlebrau, but it is sure fun to know what is inside!

Check out this amazing Wolfram|Alpha widget that calculates the fat content, carbs, fiber, and other nutritional content of 64 slices of American cheese, a garbage bag full of popcorn, Nuts and Gum (together at last!), and more foods found on The Simpsons.

If Homer would have consumed the entire Land of Chocolate, he would have ingested around 17 quadrillion  calories. D’oh!