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Re: Wipe the sweat off my dome...

Posted: Fri Oct 30, 2009 7:13 pm
by strawman
A bit o' background from Wikipedia. Norm, please note the first jack-o'lanterns were made with Rutabagas...

On All Hallows’ eve, many Irish and Scottish people have traditionally placed a candle on their western window sill to honor the departed. Other traditions include carving lanterns from turnips or rutabagas, sometimes with faces on them, as is done in the modern tradition of carving pumpkins. Welsh, Irish and British myth are full of legends of the Brazen Head, which may be a folk memory of the ancient Celtic practice of headhunting[citation needed]. The heads of enemies may have decorated shrines, and there are tales of the heads of honored warriors continuing to speak their wisdom after death. The name jack-o'-lantern can be traced back to the Irish legend of Stingy Jack, a greedy, gambling, hard-drinking old farmer.[17][18] He tricked the devil into climbing a tree and trapped him by carving a cross into the tree trunk. In revenge, the devil placed a curse on Jack, condemning him to forever wander the earth at night with the only light he had: a candle inside of a hollowed turnip. The carving of pumpkins is associated with Halloween in North America where pumpkins are both readily available and much larger- making them easier to carve than turnips.[19] Many families that celebrate Halloween carve a pumpkin into a frightening or comical face and place it on their doorstep after dark. The American tradition of carving pumpkins preceded the Great Famine period of Irish immigration[20][dead link] and was originally associated with harvest time in general, not becoming specifically associated with Halloween until the mid-to-late 1800s

Re: Wipe the sweat off my dome...

Posted: Sat Oct 31, 2009 3:31 pm
by strawman
I wish I had an Uncle Smarmy jack-o-lantern template.

Re: Wipe the sweat off my dome...

Posted: Sat Oct 31, 2009 4:05 pm
by ROU Killing Time
strawman wrote:I wish I had an Uncle Smarmy jack-o-lantern template.
Little late, what with Bo being up to his rear in rutabagas. Maybe you can talk him into it for next year though.

Re: Wipe the sweat off my dome...

Posted: Sat Oct 31, 2009 7:07 pm
by strawman
ROU Killing Time wrote:
strawman wrote:I wish I had an Uncle Smarmy jack-o-lantern template.
Little late, what with Bo being up to his rear in rutabagas. Maybe you can talk him into it for next year though.
Miss Grimsley: That should read "up to rutabagas in his rear."

Re: Wipe the sweat off my dome...

Posted: Sat Oct 31, 2009 8:34 pm
by myke_deschain
Whos the dude that does all the art for the MegaBeasts? We should have him whip up a good uncle Smarmy picture for us!!

Re: Wipe the sweat off my dome...

Posted: Sat Oct 31, 2009 8:41 pm
by ROU Killing Time
myke_deschain wrote:Whos the dude that does all the art for the MegaBeasts? We should have him whip up a good uncle Smarmy picture for us!!
That would be our resident commie dictator, Stalinsays.

Re: Wipe the sweat off my dome...

Posted: Sat Oct 31, 2009 8:48 pm
by myke_deschain
well mr. stalin should get that pen to the paper