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Monday, October 31, 2016

Halloween links

Halloween (n.):
also Hallow-e'en, c. 1745, Scottish shortening of Allhallow-even "Eve of All Saints, last night of October" (1550s), the last night of the year in the old Celtic calendar, where it was Old Year's Night, a night for witches.
Today I Found Out has an excellent Halloween Facts Roundup, including why witches are use broomsticks, trick or treating origins, and the relationship between Halloween candy and Daylight Saving Time.

The Strange Real-Life Origins of the Fiendish Werewolf.

Exploding Paint-filled Pumpkins with C4 and Det Cord, in slow motion. Related: elephants crushing pumpkins.

20 Houses That Are Clearly Winning At Halloween.

The story behind The Monster Mash.

ICYMI, Dave Barry's Halloween column from 1996: Night Of The Living Chocolate never gets old.

40,000 people's votes determined this candy hierarchy.

No poisoned candy, no razor blades in apples: Free Range Kids' archive of articles on ludicrous Halloween-related parental fears. Related: Has Anyone Ever Actually Poisoned Or Put Razor Blades or Needles in Halloween Candy? 

From 2013: Obama Mask for Halloween? That'll get you and the other 750 employees sent to re-education camp. Hillary and Trump masks are probably safe.

Is someone you know wearing a Star Trek costume? How to Read The Secret Language of Starfleet Uniforms.

ICYMI, Friday's links are here, and include Cuba's ration supermarkets, Victorian tapeworm diets, and the science of how long you can hold your breath.

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