Apollonia Castitlione from Queens grew a 6-foot long zucchini in her backyard, two feet short of the world record but 1 foot taller than herself.
She had lots to say to the media in her 5 minutes of fame:
"I went to look at it one day and was like, 'It's a little long,' then a few days later, I said, 'Oh, my God, what's this?'
"I've had my vegetable garden for 26 years, but I never saw anything so spectacular."
"I decided I wasn't going to touch it and just let it grow."
"It's so straight, it's so perfect. Usually, some are really crooked."
Woman in shock over giant zucchini[New York Daily News]