Saturday, October 31, 2009

Did You Know?

Harry Houdini Died On October 31, 1926The famous magician was killed (accidentally) by a McGill University student named J. Gordon Whitehead who was hitting him in the stomach repeatedly as part of a stunt. A week later he died of peritonitis from a ruptured appendix. Despite acute appendicitis, Houdini refused to seek medical treatment.

The First Jack-O-Lanterns Weren't Made Out Of Pumpkins
They were originally hollowed-out turnips. The modern practiced mutated from the Irish tradition of carving faces of the the dead onto the gourds and putting candles inside to make them glow. These days your Jack-O-Lantern is most made out of a pumpkin, which most likely came from Illinois-a state that grew 542million pounds of pumpkin in 2007.

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  1. Very interesting, Sherry. I knew about Houdini, but I didn't know the story about Jack-O-Lanterns!

  2. Thanks Deb...this blog is forcing me to learn all kinds of new things. Be sure to check one of the reactions below the post when you feel it applies to you! Thanks for commenting.
    Happy Halloween