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infoMania celebrates Halloween!
Conor looks at some awards shows that you didn't know existed. He identifies the first single-handed teabag, Microsoft not being happy with Family Guy. He's also got you covered. He finds an issue of Scary Monster magazine, and finds out that 88-year old Nancy Reagan, has only months to live!
infoMania looks at how local news takes on Halloween. (Everything seems to scare them.)
Brian shows you how easy it is to convert from gay to straight. Ben tries to find something to do on Halloween. Brett's Viral Video Film School gets in the Halloween spirit, as he takes a look at YouTube's Creepiest Fetish Costumes.
Sergio has a Scary Spooky Halloween Special.
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...and all the sprites and Jack O'Lanterns are out partying and prancing and dancing and Trick or Treating. Here is my modest contribution to all the staff and members of Current. I made it this afternoon especially for you.
I hope Current's processing won't ruin this video. I did make a high quality .avi version of over 200 megs, but each time I tried to upload it using the Advanced Uploading feature and then clicked on "browse", my Firefox 3.2 browser crashed. I am so annoyed by that... In the pdf instructions on uploading, there is mention of a "publishing egg", but no indication as to where and how to get that egg. :(...and all the sprites and Jack O'Lanterns are out partying and prancing and... more
A Cylon jack-o-lantern? Coolest idea ever--makes me wish I had a yard or porch; I'd totally carve this for Halloween. A Cylon jack-o-lantern? Coolest idea ever--makes me wish I had a yard or porch;... more
Whether messily scooping out your pumpkin at home, admiring this years carvings around the neighborhood or, ok, using your computers mouse to scrawl a pumpkin mask on Facebook, Jack-o-lantern season is upon us. But have you ever wondered how this unusual tradition began?
Jack-o-lanterns were brought to the United States by Irish immigrants during the potato famines of the mid-1800s. In keeping with the ancient Celtic belief that the veil between life and death is thinnest on Samhain, the earliest Jack-o-lanterns were designed both to welcome deceased loved ones and frighten away less welcome spirits. The carving of faces, as opposed to other symbols, stemmed from the Celtic belief that the head housed a persons immortal soul, and was therefore sacred. Hence, if you must venture out on Samhain night, a Jack-o-lantern (or kail-runt torch in Scotland) was intended to fool any spirits that might cross your path. In Ireland, Jack-o-lanterns were carved from hollowed turnips, but as pumpkins were more plentiful in America, the tradition quickly adapted.
So whos Jack? While the specifics of his legend vary wildly, in essence Jack was a lazy, yet shrewd, Irish farmer who had the poor judgment to try to trick the devil and by extension, death. (This legend likely arose after Christianitys arrival in Ireland, as earlier Pagan traditions would have been unlikely to include a devil figure or to see a harbinger of death as evil.) Of course, the devil, being quite crafty himself, knew that, as all living beings must die, Jack was actually denying himself an after-life. And so the devil threw Jack an ember from the flames of hell, and Jack placed it inside a carved-out turnip to light the path of his purgatory, as he wandered the earth in search of a resting place. (In fairness, theres also the less creative, mid-eighteenth century definition of a Jack-o-Lantern as simply a night watchman but what fun is that?)
So this year, as you bring knife to pumpkin (or cyber-knife to Facebook screen), consider the rich history behind your carving and maybe think twice before forfeiting the traditional protective face for a more contemporary scene or symbol. After all, poor Jack is still roaming!
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Amazing stop motion video just in time for Halloween :)