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Jasmine Tridevil Costume — It looks like Jasmine Tridevil will be a popular theme for costumes this Halloween. HalloweenCostumes.com offers instructions for a "DIY 3 breasted woman Halloween Costume."
Posted: Mon Sep 29, 2014.   Comments (1)

April 30 is National Honesty Day — April 30 is National Honesty Day. So, happy National Honesty Day! The day was created by M. Hirsh Goldberg, author of The Book of Lies, back in the early 1990s. He chose to place it on the last day of April to serve as a counter-weight to April Fool's Day at the beginning of the month. According to wikipedia, if someone asks you a question on National Honesty Day you're obligated to give them a truthful and straightforward answer. (Ironically, or perhaps purposefully, the wikipedia page contains some information, claiming the day is celebrated on April 29.) Goldberg also uses this… Continue…
Posted: Wed Apr 30, 2014.   Comments (0)

Error Day — The Academy of Fine Arts in Bologna is hosting a 3-day festival that will celebrate and explore the human propensity to screw up. They're calling it Error Day. Festivities begin on Feb. 28 and continue until Mar. 2. From the website for the event (which is mostly in Italian, but has a few pages in English): "Welcome errors, blunders, mistakes, miscarriages, misunderstandings, omissions, faults, failures, inaccuracies, misapprehensions, oversights, misprints, howlers, wrongs, gaffes,…
Posted: Tue Feb 25, 2014.   Comments (4)

The World’s Leading Authority on Poisoned Candy — In 1985, Joel Best published an article in the sociology journal Social Problems analyzing reports of children receiving dangerous treats on Halloween (razor blades in apples, poisoned candy, etc.). After doing an extensive review of newspaper databases for all cases between 1959 and 1984, he couldn't find a single instance of a child being killed by a Halloween treat, although there were a handful of cases (18) of minor injuries, and a larger number of reports of the discovery of…
Posted: Sat Oct 26, 2013.   Comments (2)


Recreating the Cardiff Giant — Syracuse-based artist Ty Marshal has created a replica of the Cardiff Giant, according to its original size specifications (ten-feet tall). His replica is going to be buried in Syracuse's Lipe Art Park and then unearthed on October 16, the anniversary of the date on which the Giant was first "found" on William Newell's farm back in 1869. After being unearthed, Marshal's giant will remain on display in the park, under a tent, for one week. Visitors will be allowed to view it for 25…
Posted: Thu Sep 29, 2011.   Comments (2)

Cabbage Stump Night — Cabbage Stump Night (or merely Cabbage Night) appears to be an American variant of northern England's Mischief Night, celebrated on the night before Halloween. Once again, it's something I had never heard of before. From newburyportnews.com: Cabbage Stump Nights are not well chronicled. New Jersey apparently had its "cabbage night'' when cabbages were hurled at houses, but ours bettered that because cabbages do not fit small hands for throwing... Cabbages have a distinctive and proper…
Posted: Fri Nov 06, 2009.   Comments (4)

Mischief Night — I'd never heard of Mischief Night before, but then it seems to be local to northern England. From the BBC: Depending on where you live, it lands sometime around Halloween and Bonfire Night. And opinions vary on whether it is a chance for harmless fun or an excuse for anti-social behaviour. Like many native traditions, its exact origins are unknown, but Mischief Night is thought to date from the 1700s when a custom of Lawless Hours or Days prevailed in Britain... Since the 1950s,…
Posted: Tue Nov 03, 2009.   Comments (12)

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