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I know it’s Friday but, I wanted to do a Halloween special.

Enjoy!

1.) Samhainophobia is the fear of Halloween

2.) The owl is a popular Halloween image. In Medieval Europe, owls were thought to be witches, and to hear an owl’s call meant someone was about to die

3.) According to Irish legend, Jack O’Lanterns are named after a stingy man named Jack who, because he tricked the devil several times, was forbidden entrance into both heaven and hell. He was condemned to wander the Earth, waving his lantern to lead people away from their paths

4.) The first Jack O’Lanterns were actually made from turnips

5.) “Souling” is a medieval Christian precursor to modern-day trick-or-treating. On Hallowmas (November 1), the poor would go door-to-door offering prayers for the dead in exchange for soul cakes

6.) Black and orange are typically associated with Halloween. Orange is a symbol of strength and endurance and, along with brown and gold, stands for the harvest and autumn. Black is typically a symbol of death and darkness and acts as a reminder that Halloween once was a festival that marked the boundaries between life and death

7.) Halloween has variously been called All Hallows’ Eve, Witches Night, Lamswool, Snap-Apple Night, Samhaim, and Summer’s End

8.) Scottish girls believed they could see images of their future husband if they hung wet sheets in front of the fire on Halloween. Other girls believed they would see their boyfriend’s faces if they looked into mirrors while walking downstairs at midnight on Halloween

9.) According to tradition, if a person wears his or her clothes inside out and then walks backwards on Halloween, he or she will see a witch at midnight

10.) Dressing up as ghouls and other spooks originated from the ancient Celtic tradition of townspeople disguising themselves as demons and spirits. The Celts believed that disguising themselves this way would allow them to escape the notice of the real spirits wandering the streets during Samhain

Happy Halloween!

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1.) An Individual Banana is called a finger. A bunch of bananas is called a hand.

I can hear it now, “Yeah, I’m gonna go eat a finger!”

2.) According to Hostess it takes about 45 seconds to explode a Twinkie in a standard powered microwave.

But, Why would you want to?

3.) Nutella alone uses about 25% of the world’s supply of hazelnuts.

What uses up the other 75% ?

4.) A Hard boiled egg will spin. An, uncooked or soft-Boiled egg will not.

Well, alrighty then. And I thought people only ate their eggs.

5.) October is the National Pizza month in the United States

I had pizza for lunch today!

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1.)The word “bookkeeper” (along with its associate “bookkeeping”) is the only unhyphenated English word with three consecutive double letters. Other such words, like “sweet-toothed”, require a hyphen to be readily readable.

I just like words! They are so cool!

 

2.)The word “triskaidekaphobia” means “extreme fear of the number 13”. This superstition is related to “paraskevidekatriaphobia”, which means “fear of Friday the 13th”.

Not even sure I would want to try and pronounce this.

 

3.)The word “uncopyrightable” is the longest English word in normal use that contains no letter more than once

I spent a few minutes checking this…

 

4.)A sentence that contains all 26 letters of the alphabet is called a “pangram”.

At least this word doesn’t have 26 letters in it.

 

5.)The “QWERTY keyboard” gains its name from the fact that its first 6 letter keys are Q, W, E, R, T and Y. On early typewriters the keys were arranged in such a way as to minimize the clashing of the mechanical rods that carried the letters.

And it’s still that way!

 

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1.)Flynn was Originally supposed to be named Bastian.

 Bastian and Rapunzel…Nope!

 

2.)The two minute storm sequence in The Little Mermaid took a team of 10 animators over a year to finish.

 really!? Wow!

 

3.) Sulley has exactly  2,320,413 individually animated hairs.

Did they count them as they drew them? or After? Or maybe the computer did…

 

4.) The Beast, in Beauty and the Beast, has the mane of a lion, the beard and head of a buffalo, brow of a gorilla, eyes of a human, tusk of a wild boar, body of a bear and the legs and tail of a wolf.  

So, is he considered one of a kind?

 

5.)The queen in Sleeping Beauty was never actually given a name in the film.

Now, that I think of it I never remember hearing her name.

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Did Ya know is back!

Are you ready?

 

1.) In the original Peter Pan book, he killed the lost boys when they got to old.

Peter Pan doesn’t seem so fun now..

 

2.)All the Disney princesses are thought to be teenagers.

Snow White- 14 years old

Cinderella- 16-19 years old

Aurora- 16 years old

Ariel- 16 years old

Belle- 17 years old

Mulan- 16 years old

Jasmine – almost 18 years old

Pocahontas- 17 years old

Tiana- 19 years old

Rapunzel -18 years old

Forget love and grand adventures my dad would have dragged me back to the house!

 

3.) The original Scooby-doo series is set after a horrible economic depression. Everything is abandoned and falling apart, and all of the villains are people who would normally be respected ( Professors, museum curators, celebrities) who have fallen into hard times just like everyone else. 

The history behind things is mind-blowing!

 

4.)The little mermaid has had over one million hand drown bubbles

Talk about a hand cramp.

 

5.) Elsa was originally the villain but, after hearing the song Let it Go Disney changed the plot.

I’m Glad they did! However, I’m curious as to what the first plot was now…

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So useless knowledge Thursday is getting a new name!

Did Ya know?

New name, but same ideas.

 

1.) 12 newborns will be given to the wrong parents daily.

Gasp! This is no good at all…

 

2.)101 Dalmatians and Peter Pan (Wendy) are the only two Disney cartoon features with both parents that are present and don’t die throughout the movie.

Family features?

 

3.)Windmills always turn counter-clockwise. Except for the windmills in Ireland.

Those windmills are special.

 

4.)The word “Checkmate” in chess comes from the Persian phrase “Shah Mat,” which means “the king is dead”.

Well…you do knock the piece over.

 

5.)The term “the whole 9 yards” came from WWII fighter pilots in the South Pacific. When arming their airplanes on the ground, the .50 caliber machine gun ammo belts measured exactly 27 feet, before being loaded into the fuselage. If the pilots fired all their ammo at a target, it got “the whole 9 yards.”

I always wondered.

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