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.

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Samhainophobia is the fear of Halloween.

Here are some ideas for Halloween costumes…

Roman Gladiator

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Soldier

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Caveman

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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…

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The hunkalicious Stuart Reardon wearing pink for the cause.

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Censorship or Double Standard?

 Censorship or Double Standard?

             I knew that Facebook censored certain pictures and posts, but I never realized how involved it actually was.  One of the sites I follow (www.facebook.com/MichaelStokesPhotography ) posted this picture of Alex Minsky, a Marine war veteran turned fitness model.  Now I think this is a great picture.  But then I’m just sitting here drooling and not really able to think all that well at the moment.  But, someone complained and Michael Stokes was banned from Facebook for three days.  In response over 4,000 people/sites reposted the picture.  (PS – he’s not really naked, he is holding an athletic cup over his…uh, you know)  Alex Minsky -1 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Then Stokes posted this picture. priest

 

 

 

 

 

 

Again, someone reported it for containing nudity or pornography.  Really?  It wasn’t removed by Facebook, but they sent Stokes a notice that it had been reported.  He posted that notice on his Facebook page and Facebook responded to that by banning him for 30 days.  priest 

 

 

 

 

 

Because of the outrage from his fan base, the ban was rescinded a few days later.

             Now, you can go to the following sites and see all kinds of hunkalicious, hunkadorable, delectablelicious guys.  The original site www.facebook.com/OfficialFSOS    (that stands for Fifty Shades of Sexy) is currently on suspension for a post somebody didn’t like.  But the spinoff sites are up and running.

 www.facebook.com/eyecandyofficial

 www.facebook.com/FSOSHotHunkyHeroes

 www.facebook.com/CertifiedCountryBoys

 www.facebook.com/FSOSBadBoys

             Apparently these sites get all kinds of reports for nudity, pornography, and just plain being offensive.  They are all sites that feature good looking men…and not just professional models.  No, there’s military, firemen, law enforcement, cowboys, bikers.  Basically any male eye candy.  But if you don’t like it…don’t look at it.  Let me put that another way.  DON’T LOOK AT IT IF YOU DON’T LIKE IT.

             Now then, look at these pictures closely.  OK, not that closely.  The pictures of the male models were banned from Facebook, but the pictures of the female models were not.  How come? censored-1

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

            I find the picture of that female derriere highly disturbing…and offensive…and just plain disgusting.  It’s not even artistically attractive.  But that’s just my opinion.  And the female below…just barely short of pornographic.  Double standard I say.  Again just my opinion.

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            This blog www.theinternetoffendsme.wordpress.com/  recently posted the following:

 The Real Story Behind Facebook Moderation and Your Petty Reports

             In this blog the author, apparently someone employed by Facebook to review complaints, talks about all the complaints and how they are handled.  Facebook boasts 1.5 billion users total.  They actually have 1.2 billion active users who log in nearly every day.  That’s 1,200,000,000 – one billion, two hundred million – every day.  I’m surprised the whole system doesn’t crash every few minutes.  And out of all those users, they get 250,000 (yes that’s two hundred fifty thousand) complaints every hour.  Every hour… that’s six million complaints every day…every day.  And Facebook employs over 100,000 people, mostly foreign workers, to sift through those complaints.  At least 80% of the complaints are from people who just didn’t like something, i.e. they were “offended.”    Read some of the typical reports below:

 I don’t believe in this coin. It goes against what I believe in.

I saw this feed and do not approve, please take it off.

Can you remove this picture, I don’t like it.

This is not true, my God would never let this happen.

 

Damn, don’t people have anything better to do?  The person who writes the blog also has a Facebook page  www.facebook.com/TheInternetOffendsMe .  I’m surprised that doesn’t get banned.

 

But I will leave y’all with this – hope I don’t get banned.

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 If I rope him, can I keep him…?