Fun Facts For Halloween

Fun Facts for Halloween

trick or treat

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.

biggest pumpkin

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.”

 silly string

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.

PriestA

Samhainophobia is the fear of Halloween.

Here are some ideas for Halloween costumes…

Roman Gladiator

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Soldier

costume-3

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…

Stuart

The hunkalicious Stuart Reardon wearing pink for the cause.

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Cyber Surfing

OK…just a few interesting pictures I found while cyber-surfing.

 

She actually found five girls that said yes to the dress.

yes to the dress

 

And…the limousine was not available that day…?

limosine

 

Yeah…that’s what I thought too…

choking hazzard

I found him….can I keep him…?

can I keep him

 

men with abs

OK – TAKE YOUR PICK

Angel Macho – those are abs…damn those are abs…

Angel Macho

 

Stuart Reardon

Stuart Reardon

 

Frederico Calvano

Frederico Calvano

 

Gary Taylor

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Time to like this page, leave a comment and friend me on Facebook.

 

More Stupid Stuff

 Here’s another one of those Motherhood of the Year Awards right out the window..

baby and squirrel

 

Does this happen often enough that they have to make a sign for it?

aligator sign

 

Just another fun family outing…

motherhood of the year award

I’ll just finish this real quick while they are in the pool…

drinking squirrel

 

Really? Was this the only place you could think of to take a sexy picture?

sexy bathroom fail

 

Forget our socks did we?

crocs tan

 

This is just too cute.

Lucy - dog

 

I think it would be a better shot if you moved just a little to your right.

cheeta

 

boys with no clothes

Isn’t that on every mom’s laptop?

Yep…I think it is…

damn

 

Stuart Reardon – oh look, he comes with directions.

comes with directions

Just waiting for a little gust of wind…

leaves

 

OK.  It’s that time. Like the page. Leave a comment. Friend me on Facebook.

Oh What to Write…

I am just at a loss again as to what I should blog about.  I mean how many pictures of half naked men can you look at?  Well, OK.  A lot.

Stuart Reardon

 

 

 

Stuart Reardon

 

 

 

 

And how many stupid pictures can one post?  All right, there’s a lot of those too.

gramma in grocery cart

 

Because Gramma left her walker at home.  Just how did she get in there anyway…?

 

 

 

And pictures of cute animals?  Yeah, plenty of those…

cute cat

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Of course we could combine cute animal pictures with stupid pictures.

Then we would get this…

strech pants

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

spandex

 

 

 

Please try to remember:  Spandex is a privilege not a right…

 

 

 

Or I could go for some humor.

taliban-cell phone

 

Yeah I don’t get it either.  For what I pay for my c-phone, I should be able to receive calls from the space station.

 

 

Or I could impart some sage advice…

don't believe internet

 

Actually, I always thought Benjamin Franklin said that.

 

 

OK.  Maybe I should just stick with the half naked guys.

David Gandy

 

 

David Gandy

 

 

 

 

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Jase Dean

 

 

Or…the all naked guys.

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Bobby Creighton

 

 

 

For you Little Miss M….you know who you are…

 

Matus Valent

 

 

Matus Valent

 

 

 

 

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Quandary and Double Dog Dare

I have been in a quandary the last couple of days, trying to think of a topic for my blog today.   Quandary – a state of perplexity or uncertainty, esp. as to what to do.  Sort of a way of life for me actually.

I started my blog on October 31, 2013.  I try to blog twice a week.  Most weeks I make that happen.  So now I have 27 behind me.  And I can’t think of anything to blog about?

I promised myself I wouldn’t blog political stuff or religious stuff.  So that cuts down on a lot of options.  I read a statistic once that listed the top three things we – collectively we, i.e. you, me, and everyone else that can trace six degrees to Kevin Bacon – spend our money on. Oh…there I am, finishing a sentence with a preposition.

grammar police

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

OK, back to what upon which we spend our money.  It’s sex, food and pets.  I’ll post funny pictures of animals occasionally, but I’m not really a pet person.

dog and cat

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

And yes, I did post a recipe once and a couple of you said you were going to try it.  But really, I hate to cook.

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So that leaves sex…or Facebook…

I have a love/hate relationship with Facebook.  Strike that.  There is nothing I love about Facebook, basically it’s just a hate relationship. No.  It’s not even a relationship.  I just hate Facebook.  It probably doesn’t hate me, but it should…

facebook

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I resisted getting Facebook until I needed a public forum.  This is why.

facebook joke - 2

 

 

 

 

Not that I actually phoned all my friends to say good night.  It never occurred to me that I should let everyone know when I was going to bed.  I don’t think they really care.  On the other hand, I only have 23 friends on Facebook – how long could it take to call each one and say good night.  Then again, I don’t really know a couple of those Friends.  And several of them are children who probably don’t stay up near as late as I do.  And some may not be home, so I’d have to leave a message…aye…  Maybe Facebook is the way to tell everyone when I’m going to bed, what I’m having for breakfast/lunch/dinner, all the errands I went on today, etc.etc.etc… No.  Not really…

So that just leaves sex.  Which is mostly what this blog is about anyway.  Well sex and romance.  So I will leave you all with these two incredibly sexy guys – Andrew Mclaren and Stuart Reardon

andrew mclaren

stuart reardon

Don’t have anything to say?  Nothing to comment?  Not an opinion on anything?  Don’t you dare write something in that comment space.  OK.  I double dog dare you to…

Abibliophobia – Tsundoku

How to use this book

 

 

 

 

I recently learned two new words.  The first word is abibliophobia.  It is defined as “an intense, all consuming fear of running out of things to read.”

One article said abibliophobia is an “amusing vocabulary item composed of the Greek prefix a (meaning not) + biblio (book) + o + phobos (fear) + ia (a nominal suffix).  Yeah, I guess.  The article went on to say the word abibliophobia is correctly constructed, so you can use it without breaking any rules of English grammar.  Great.  I’ll be getting that into my everyday vocabulary right away.

Sarah Wendell over at Smart Bitches, Trashy Books www.smartbitchestrashybooks.com  loves the word so much she had an illustrated definition made for the word.

abibliophobia

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The word even has its own Facebook page.  The page was started in October 2012, has three posts on it, and 12 people like it. www.facebook.com/pages/Abibliophobia  Guess the word isn’t catching on as fast as they thought.

I sometimes get a little anxious when I don’t have a book I am actively reading, but I don’t think I have abibliophobia.  No.  I couldn’t possibly have it.  Because there is this word.  Tsundoku.  This is a Japanese word pun from tsumu – to pile up, and doku – to read.  It means the “act of leaving a book unread after acquiring it, typically piled up together with other such unread books.”

Yep.  That’s me.  The bookshelves are stuffed full.  Then there are boxes of books, baskets full of books, piles of books on desks, dressers, nightstand, end tables, the dining table, and on the floor in the corners.

pile of books

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I wouldn’t have it any other way.

attention span

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Leaving you with something enjoyable to read.

bedtime prayer

 

 

 

 

And something enjoyable to look at…Stuart Reardon.  Google him.  Drool.  Try not to lick the screen.

Stuart Reardon

 

 

 

How the hell did he keep that in place?