Happy Halloween, ghouls & goblins!
Hey, everyone! I have to tell you guys that Halloween is my absolute Bfavorite day of the year. Ever. So, in honor of that, I have put together a Halloween-themed post for you guys with some myths, their origins, and some Halloween fun facts. Happy haunting!
While the true origin of the Jack-O-Lantern is a little uncertain, the common belief is that the tradition originated in Ireland and the Scottish Highlands. However, jack-o-lanterns weren’t always carved from pumpkins. The original jack-o-lanterns were carved from turnips! These turnips had grotesque faces carved into them to represent spirits and goblins. It was also believed that these turnips were carved and made into what we now know as jack-o-lanterns to be used as actual lanterns! Another story says that jack-o-lanterns were kept in the windows of homes to keep harmful spirits out of a person’s home.
2. Trick or treating
I’m not sure why we still think it’s a great idea for kids to dress up and beg strangers for candy, but it’s something everyone loves to do. Well, we can apparently trace this tradition back to the Middle Ages! There once was a medieval practice known as souling, where poor souls would go door to door on Hallowmas (November 1st) and receive food in exchange for prayers the following day (All Souls Day). While this tradition originated in Ireland and Britain, it spread to other places as well. The custom of wearing costumes dates back to the Celtic tradition of wearing masks and costumes in an attempt to copy evil spirits in order to placate them. Eventually, in Scotland, came the tradition of Guising (which was recorded back in 1895). Masqueraders would carry lanterns and go door to door visiting homes to be rewarded with fruit, cakes, and even money! From these traditions, things evolved into what we know now as trick or treating!
3. What is the most popular adult Halloween costume in 2013 according to National Geographic? Witches, of course!
Some things never change… like our fascination with witches! Whether old Pagan rituals or the events of the Salem Witch Trial, people seem to love learning about witches… and why wouldn’t we? A rich history, the taboo of magic, fun costumes, and witches throughout literature and pop culture— we just can’t get enough of them! So whether you’re a Sanderson sister, Elphaba (the Wicked Witch), or even a witch straight out of Hogwarts, you can get really creative with a popular witch costume.
4. Fact or Fiction: Poisoned Halloween candy?
Myth! Snopes busted this myth about madmen poisoning innocent children’s candy. However, Snopes also proved their was some truth to the stories of pins and needles in Halloween candy. Since 1959, there have been a number of cases reported of people finding pins or needles in their candy. While poison is an attempt to kill, pins and needles are just meant to scare or injure. It was meant more as a prank, however, some people did take it to far and attempt to injure trick or treaters. So, while there have been cases of food being poisoned, it was not Halloween candy. But there is truth behind razorblades or needles being found in candy.
5. Black cats on Halloween
Good luck? Bad luck? Just a wonderful furry companion? All of the above! In folklore, cats have been seen as both lucky and unlucky depending where you come from. Many sailors liked having a black cat as their ship cat to bring them good luck while at sea, whereas pirates of the 18th century believed black cats to be a sign of bad luck. In Great Britain and Scotland, cats were seen as good luck and symbols of prosperity. But other cultures were terrified of black cats. This is especially true of the Pilgrims at Plymouth Rock who feared that black cats were companions of witches and associated with the devil. Unfortunately, due to this association with bad luck and evil, black cats have a lower adoption rate that most other cats. But if you want to show a black cat some love, August 17th is Black Cat Appreciation Day!
6. And the winner for the highest grossing horror film? The Sixth Sense!
According to several sources, including Business Insider, The Sixth Sense is the highest grossing horror movie of all time to date. In second place is Jaws. While many horror fans love a killer shark or awesome ’80s slasher films, apparently there was an even bigger love for Haley Joel Osment seeing dead people.
Phasmophobia is the fear of ghosts. In many cultures, people fear that ghosts are evil and will cause harm to humans. (These people have obviously never seen Casper!) The fear of ghosts and their malevolent behavior can be find in ghost stories, literature, movies, and even cartoons. But, for one night a year, we can embrace our inner ghosts and ghouls and take a walk on the
wild creepy side.
i wish you could track things in real life like you can in video game statistics
flowers picked: 344
times you’ve almost fallen down the stairs but caught yourself: 64
times you’ve imagined dancing with strangers in the street: 47
times you’ve almost gotten hit by a car: 12
times you’ve laughed so hard you cried: 268
times you’ve forgotten your umbrella at school/work/on the bus: 18
glasses you’ve broken: 14
Well, Monday is right around the corner…
But hopefully our followers had a great weekend! I went to see The World’s End this weekend. It was absolutely hilarious! What did you guys do this weekend?
When one of your summer classes gets canceled…
Never Be Late To Class
Fact: I don’t really go to class.
I don’t want to wake up for class, I don’t want to take time out of my evenings for class, and I don’t want to waste my time in class while other people ask ridiculously dumb questions that everyone else already knows the answers to. When the syllabus says the paper needs to be 3-4 pages long, don’t take up 30 minutes of class time asking if 3 pages and 2 paragraphs meet the guidelines. Of course it means the freakin’ guidelines, what the hell is wrong with you?
Having said that, there are times when attending class is inevitable. Some subjects are just better learned in person, like calculus, acting, or organic chemistry. Other classes simply aren’t offered in any other format. Damn.
One way to get around dragging your feet, believe it or not, is to get a good clock. And if you consider yourself slightly more unique than the average cookie-cutter college student (which you are, admit it) than the typical Target or Walmart dorm clock may not be the way to go. Boring = boring = super boring = depressing = no way I’m going to class today. Think about it, you want to wake up in the morning!
So go here: http://www.thegoodlifeoncampus.com/Dorm-Wall-Clocks-s/49.htm where there’s clocks that look like old school records, robots, mobiles, rows of books, picture frames and more.
My personal favorite is this one: http://www.thegoodlifeoncampus.com/Falling-Numbers-Dorm-Wall-Clock-p/pt1034.htm which is probably one the most unique and awesome things I’ve ever seen. It’s the one below this paragraph on the left. I gaurantee you arent’ going to find something like that anywhere else. I need to own this clock. Not to mention this one (lower right): http://www.thegoodlifeoncampus.com/Twin-Bell-Retro-Alarm-Clock-White-p/pt1041.htm since anything retro already has my name all over it. And how do you miss this one (bottom center): http://www.thegoodlifeoncampus.com/DIY-Multi-Colored-Leaves-Flower-Dorm-Wall-Clock-p/pt1014.htm a multi-colored leaves/flowers clock?
You don’t. Because it’s awesome. So what say you, blend in or stand out?
Roommate of the Week Intro:
Roommates: can’t live with em’ and can’t afford to live without em’. Frankly, they’re a non-negotiable part of the overall college experience, and as much as it may suck now, just think of it as paying your dues until the day you’ve “made it” and move into that studio loft above your favorite bar. But enough of the future talk, lets address the issue right in front of you.
Fact: some roommates are better than others.
Let’s take a trip shall we? I’ve had the good; those with similar senses of humor and equal habits of sleep deprivation, the bad; those who insist on labeling every single item of food, right down to the individual wheat thins within the box, and the ugly; the chick who wakes you up at 3:36 in the morning wearing a Viking hat and demanding you surrender the Cheetos. (I don’t have the Cheetos, I ate them. Get over it. Maybe buy some with your own damn money next time.)
The point is this; there’s a vast array of people out there you may find yourself stuck with for a semester, and sorry to say, but the roommate situation is one that, in the beginning, you really have no control over. Think you have the system beat? Think you have a friend from high school you’re planning on living with? Scratch that. Trust me, it never turns out well. I’ll go more into that later but, right now? Well, I’m lazy.
So I’m going to try something here, and post a weekly roommate story. From the girl who had her own refrigerator in order to store her massive pickle collection, to the girl who wore a golden cape to school, to the guy who thought doing laundry meant letting the clothes “air out”, I’ve been through them all. I can honestly say though, I’ve never regretted a specific roommate. They’ve always brought something to the table. Plus, I say bring it on, soak up all the “crazy” you can get, because after awhile life just gets too serious for anything else. Besides, in the end, you’re at least left with a fantastic story.
In the meantime, don’t forget to checkout this video to hear Olivia’s tips for getting along with your roommates, and this video to see Mike’s! As long as I’ve been in college there’s one thing I’ve learned; you can never get enough advice when it comes to roommates!