Fun Facts For Halloween

Fun Facts for Halloween

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Ireland is typically believed to be the birthplace of Halloween.  In Great Britain, Jack-O-Lanterns were traditionally made from turnips. The Halloween custom came to American through Irish immigrants, and since turnips weren’t cheap, Americans used pumpkins. Today, pumpkins are used worldwide, to the disappointment of turnip farmers everywhere.

99% of all pumpkins sold are used for jack-o-lanterns at Halloween.

A Swiss gardener grew the world’s heaviest pumpkin.  Beni Meier, 30, grew the pumpkin that weighed in at 2,096 pounds.

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New Orleans holds the current world record for largest Halloween Party with 17,777 costumed revelers at once.

The Village Halloween parade in New York City is the largest Halloween parade in the United States. The parade includes 50,000 participants and draws over 2 million spectators.

In many countries, such as France and Australia, Halloween is seen as an unwanted and overly commercial American influence.

There’s a $1,000 fine for using or selling Silly String in Hollywood on Halloween.  The prank product has been banned in Hollywood since 2004 after thousands of bored people would buy it on the streets of Hollywood from illegal vendors and “vandalize” the streets. There is a maximum $1,000 fine and/or six months in jail for “use, possession, sale or distribution of Silly String in Hollywood from 12:01 AM on October 31 to 12:00 PM on November 1.”

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A 1951 Peanuts comic strip can be credited with the popular spread of trick or treating as we know it nationwide.

Candy corn has been made with the same recipe by the Jelly Belly Candy Company since around 1900.  What’s in that recipe, exactly? Sugar, corn syrup, and marshmallow.  One serving (about 30 pieces) has 140 calories.  October 30th is National Candy Corn Day.

Chocolate candy bars top the list as the most popular candy for trick-or-treaters with Snickers #1. Chocolate makes up about three-quarters of a trick-or-treaters loot, according to the National Confectioners Association.  Which is good because fifty percent of kids prefer to receive chocolate candy for Halloween, compared with 24% who prefer non-chocolate candy and 10% who preferred gum.

In 2010, 72.2% of those surveyed by the National Retail Federation will hand out candy, 46.3% will carve a pumpkin, 20.8% will visit a haunted house, and 11.5% will dress up their pets.  86% of Americans decorate their homes in celebration of Halloween.

Halloween is a $6 billion industry, making Halloween the second highest grossing commercial holiday after Christmas.

Halloween Fun Fact: In Alabama, it is illegal to dress-up as a priest.


Samhainophobia is the fear of Halloween.

Here are some ideas for Halloween costumes…

Roman Gladiator






Navy Officer

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Male Stripper

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Construction Worker

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Uh….Ok then…

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Alright….October is almost over….make that appointment…

Get those Mammies Grammed…NOW…


The hunkalicious Stuart Reardon wearing pink for the cause.

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Twins intrigue us.  Especially identical twins.  Two people who look exactly alike.

Here’s some fun facts about identical twins…

The chance of having identical twins is 1 in 285 births.  They may be identical in every other way…but their fingerprints are not identical.  Women who are tall and women who eat a lot of diary are more likely to have twins.  Mothers of twins tend to live longer and Moms expecting twins tend to have more morning sickness.

Twins interact with each other in the womb as early as 14 weeks.  Almost half of all twins invent their own language.

Remember this movie?  One twin got all the good genes and the other twin got all the bad genes.  Just hysterical.  But thank God that’s not the way it really works.


Noooooo….this is the way it works…


For God so loved the world that She gave us not one hot guy, but two hot guys who look just like one another.


Troy and Travis Cannata




Mathew and Marco Lobaton




Alex and Charlie Kotze



Joey and Jason Barbera



And every once in a while God loves us soooo much She gives us three hot guys who look like each other…


Nick, Craig, and Ryan Karshner



Miles, Jordan, and Lance Tindall



Hey!!  October is almost over…you know what that means…

Paul Blake wear pink

Paul Blake


pink hunk

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To Exercise or Not…

I’m thinking I should get in a little better shape.  Drop ten pounds or so.  My doctor says “Walk”.  And I should probably do that.  It’s finally cooled down enough so one could walk comfortably…if one wanted to.

But I thought it might be more fun to have some kind of equipment to work out with.  Never mind that I already have a weight machine and an electric treadmill.  Buried somewhere under all the other stuff I store in the spare bedroom.

So I start cyber surfing and the first thing I find…

 The Face Trainer

OK.  I’m getting a wrinkle here and line there. Maybe even a little sag somewhere.  This could work.


You are supposed to put on this contraption and for ten minutes do a variety of exercises.  It’s resistance training at its best.


The Face Trainer fits firmly against the skin to provide resistance and helps muscles build and tone all 44 bilaterally symmetrical muscles of the face and neck.  So says its promos.

Uh.  Somehow I think I could do these exercises without the Freddie Kruger mask.

Then I read that the Face Trainer was made by the same company that gave us the No!No!  YesYes!  That permanent hair remover thingy that doesn’t work very well.

But to be fair folks, the Face Trainer is the only FDA registered product of its kind.  Go figure. And, 42 % of participants in a clinical trial reported a reduction in both fine and course lines.  A whopping 71 % of users saw a reduction in sagging.  And 91 % of participants said they would recommend the product to a friend.  Probably so they could laugh at them while they use it.

OK.  That wasn’t going to work. So continuing to surf I found this nifty little product.

The Free Flexor


The information about this gadget says, “As one of the most dynamic fitness products available, the Free Flexor places over 20 workouts in the palm of your hand.”  Palm of your hand?  Uh huh…

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And it has its own Facebook page.

Oh.  How about this devise…

The Tug Toner

It has a Facebook page too…

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But you can work out with a friend…

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Just a guess.  But I’m thinking those guys didn’t get to look like that by using these products.

I know these guys didn’t get to look like this by using the Tug Toner…

Patrizo Vaiano

Patrizio Vaiano

Luigi DePisapia

Luigi De Pisapia

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Anderson Bedin – Mystery Man?

Anderson Bedin


The last few weeks pictures of this gorgeous, hunkalicious guy have been posted on a number of the Facebook Sites I follow.  The pics have also been posted on Tumbler.  But no one seems to know anything about him except his birthday which is posted on his Facebook page.

He posts no other info on FB.  But he has quite a fan base…5,000 FB friends and almost 600 followers.

Anyway, a friend sent me his picture and said she thought he would be a fantastic romance novel cover model.  I agreed and told her I would do some cyber stalking and see what I could find out.

Google brings up another Anderson Bedin who has a FB page, a twitter account, and a page on Pinterest. But he’s definitely NOT our beautiful guy.  Nope, there was Nothing.  Nada.  Zip.  Zero.  Zilch.  Naught about our guy.

I contacted Carly at Heart Breakers and Soul Shakers  ( ) she couldn’t find out anything about Anderson either.

Well, guess what.  I suddenly find myself in possession of some basic information.

Anderson’s grandparents came from Italy to Brazil where he was born.  He has duel Italian/Brazilian citizenship.  He is 20 years old and lives in Bento Gonçalves, not far from Porto Alegre.  But says he doesn’t like it there and he wants to move to the USA.

Anderson describes himself as “an enterpriser, musician and model aspirant.  I’m owner of two stores, singer of a metal band that will be released in 2015, and waiting next year to maybe sign a good model contract.”  He also says he wants to act in films after he gets the modeling thing going.

Love that smile…


Anderson’s native language is Portuguese, but he speaks Spanish and English pretty well also.  In his free time he works out at the gym and does professional things to further his career.  He expects to make a final decision as to whether or not to move to the USA within the week.  If so, he plans on going to the San Diego area by December.

He is a very pleasant, upbeat young man with big dreams.  He has thought long and hard about his life and career and is definitely headed in the right direction.

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I predict that we will be seeing and hearing from and about Anderson a lot in the near future.  Let’s hope so…

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Anderson Bedin

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Don’t forget…………

Hi Ho, Hi Ho, It’s Off To The Coast We Go…

So…last week the Biker Boyfriend and I discovered we had Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday with no commitments.  So, it still being in the 90s here, we decided to go to the coast for those days.  We have a brand new motorcycle we’ve only had for two months, and we recently purchased a nice “previously owned” motor home.  (Don’t ya just love that term – sounds sooooo much better than used.)


Anyway, we put the bike in its own little trailer, packed the RV, and proceeded to hook the trailer to the RV.  Low and behold, the lights on the trailer didn’t work properly.  Oh they came on alright.  When they wanted to and not in any relationship to the commands given by the RV.  We took the whole thing to Camping World and convinced them that as we had only recently (less than a month) purchased the RV from them and we were packed and ready to go they should fix it right NOW.  So they put the RV in a bay and two hours later had the whole thing rewired and working.

We hooked the trailer back up to the RV, happily left Camping World and got on the freeway.  Almost immediately, people driving by were waving at us and pointing to the back of the RV.  A big rig pulled in front of us, put on his hazard lights, and slowed way down.  The Biker Boyfriend looked in the backup camera and saw that the trailer was no longer hooked to the RV.  It was being dragged down the road by the safety chains.

We pulled over, and the shoulder was only just wide enough for the RV.  I was standing between the trailer and RV guiding the Biker Boyfriend to back up so we could hook up the trailer again when suddenly the RV lurched.  The Biker Boyfriend got out and said, “Oh my God. We just got sideswiped.  The RV mirror is gone.”  Apparently the shoulder wasn’t quite wide enough.  But we hooked up the trailer again, four lanes of rush hour traffic passing by us at 80 MPH.  We went to get back in the RV and a man was standing there saying he had hit our mirror.  Well, it was nice that he stopped, and his old van had a broken mirror too.  The Biker Boyfriend was too shaken to do anything about it so he told the guy to fix his own mirror and we would fix ours.  OK, that’s fine, it was just one of those accident things that happen.  But I’m guessing that his mirror will cost him about twenty dollars.  I figure our mirror, electric, articulated in two places, and with a heating element…a lot more than that.  They’re probably have to replace the whole mirror unit, and maybe even the whole door, or even the side panel of the RV, at a cost of half a million or more. You know how those things go.

We headed back to Camping World, but they don’t stock mirrors, it has to be ordered.  So the Biker Boyfriend finds a mirror extender that straps onto the side of the existing mirror with two elastic bands.  This will work temporarily for a mirror, but he doesn’t trust the elastic bands.  Half a roll of duct tape later we look like the Beverly Hillbillies going down the road.  We pull into a Kohl’s parking lot so he can change out of his jeans and we can’t get to the clothes closet because we can’t get either one of the slides to open.  We decided to continue on.  We will just work around the slides that won’t open, because now it’s a matter of principal just to get out of town.

We finally got to Morro Bay campground at 8:30 PM having left home at 1:00 PM – usually a two hour trip. We got the RV set up, miraculously the slides worked, and went to bed.  Thursday morning we looked around at the meager supply of food – I wasn’t planning on doing a lot of cooking anyway.  And we decided screw the organic cereal with organic, hormone free milk, and raw sugar.  We rode into town to the local café where the Biker Boyfriend could have the Heart Attack Happening, and I could get the Cholesterol Special.


Breakfast over, we got on the bike and headed up the Pacific Coast Highway.  Fog was just lifting, it was a beautiful day for a ride.  A few miles up the road the check engine light comes on, so the Biker Boyfriend gets off at Cayucos and pulls over.  He turns off the bike and can’t find anything wrong.  So he starts it again, the check engine light is off and we leave.  We get only two more blocks, into the center of town, and the check engine light comes back on, he says, “I smell smoke.”  Then he pulls over real quick and yells, “Get off the bike.”  We both jump off and the motorcycle is frigging on fire.  Just underneath where I rest my left foot.

bike on fire

So the Biker Boyfriend is on the ground, blowing on the flames.  They go out, but pop back up whenever he stops blowing.  Finally he unlocks the saddlebag and grabs a bottle of water and gets the fire out.  We let the bike cool down, he starts it up again.  No check engine light, so he drives it around the block while I wait.  He gets back, everything seems OK, and we figure if it happens again we will call AAA and have it towed back to the campground.

But we learned something.  The check engine light comes on when the bike is on fire.  That’s a good thing to know.

We rode quite a ways up the PCH.  The weather was terrific.  The scenery was beautiful.  We stopped and watched the elephant seals for a while.  Had a great time.

elephant seals

Then as we get back into downtown Morro Bay, he pulls over again and yells, “Get off, it’s on fire again.”  Sure enough.  Fire is going again.  Under the foot rest.  We’re pouring water on it.  People on the sidewalk are handing us bottles of water.  Finally, he gets it put out.  We let it cool down and hope we can get it the two more miles back to camp.  He starts up the bike…no rear brakes.  We limp it back to the campground, park it, and get off.  As we are standing there, shaking our heads, wondering WTF is going on…it bursts into flames AGAIN.

We put it out.  Park the bike in the trailer. Walk across the street to a hole in the wall restaurant where we had quite possibly the best fish and pasta primavera shrimp we have ever eaten.

And yes we did make it home Friday with no problems.  Thank you God.  They call Highway 46 across central California to the coast Blood Alley for a good reason.

No this is not my Biker Boyfriend.

It’s Angel Macho.


And this is Adam Rothfelder

Adam Rothfelder

My Biker Boyfriend doesn’t quite look like that.  But I love him.

Now these guys are doing their part for Breast Cancer Awareness Month by wearing pink.



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Some Random Stupid Things

Totally Useless

I was recently given a small white, unscented candle as a party favor.  Uh?  It has no color – it’s not even pretty.  It doesn’t give off enough light to be any good for anything, and it has no aroma.  It is, in fact, a totally useless item.


An ant farm for your wrist.  I don’t think it’s really a farm.  There is no dirt or even food for the ants to move around and farm.  All you can do is watch the ants walk around.  Until they die…from lack of dirt, food, liquid, air…  It’s totally useless.

ant farm


They had to make a sign to say there is no sign?  Totally useless.

sign not in use


Boneless bananas?  I never knew there was another option.  Where can I buy bananas with the bone still in them?

boneless bananas

What’s the point?  Get a cheeseburger on the way in to your Weight Watchers meeting, and a sub sandwich on the way out…

weight watchers


Now this is just way too cool…old bikers don’t give up…they just get one of these…

motorcyle wheelchair


And remember all the six packs I’ve been posting?  Here are some eight packs…enjoy.

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Oh, Yeah.  Remember – October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month

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