Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Bet you didn't know...

SJ and his Jack-o-Lantern, he carved it himself!
***The first Jack-o-Lanterns were made from turnips.
***The largest pumpkin ever measured weighed 1,810.5 lb.
***Halloween was not widely celebrated in the United States until the early 1900s.
***The practice of trick or treating is American, but probably has it's roots in All Soul's Day in England, in which poor people would receive "soul cakes" from the rich in exchange for praying for their dead relatives.
***Illinois grows more pumpkins than any other state.
***Pumpkins are native to the Western Hemisphere and colonists learned about them from the Indians.
"I would rather sit on a pumpkin, and have it all to myself,
than be crowded on a velvet cushion." ~Henry David Thoreau

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