"Gourd" became a popular slang term for "head" after they were both discovered to make excellent musical instruments. Get your head in the gourd game with today's Groupon: for $25, you get a beginner gourd-art package at Welburn Gourd Farm in Fallbrook (an $84.18 value).
Welburn Gourd Farm's growers harvest a bounty of more than 375,000 organic hard-shell gourds, which serve as ideal canvases for dapper displays of creativity. Select one small (5”), two medium-size (7”), and one large (9”) gourd from a sprawling garden of options, which eagerly flaunt their unique pattern or surprising resemblance to the Mona Lisa's head. Welburn’s squash scrubbers preclean the fleshy veggies to ward off additional prep work and ease the creation of attractive vases, birdhouses, and more. Patrons select a preferred bottle of GourdMaster ink, which contains enough dye to vivify about 100 previously dull 5- to 6-inch gourds or one pumpkin that’s been transmogrified into a stagecoach. An included Gourd Crafting Secrets Revealed DVD demonstrates the entire process of gourd engineering. A second video, Fun Ways to Use GourdMaster Products, rounds out the package with technical advice and tips about possible projects or, when played backwards, sounds out an eerie rendition of the gourd national anthem.