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Since Halloween is upon us, and since I've no meaningful news to update now re yours truly, I thought some fun trivia facts about the holiday apropos:

 

  • “Halloween” is short for “Hallows’ Eve” or “Hallows’ Evening,” which was the evening before All Hallows’ (sanctified or holy) Day or Hallowmas on November 1. In an effort to convert pagans, the Christian church decided that Hallowmas or All Saints’ Day (November 1) and All Souls’ Day (November 2) should assimilate sacred pagan holidays that fell on or around October 31...

 

  • Halloween is thought to have originated around 4000 B.C., which means Halloween has been around for over 6,000 years...

 

  • Halloween was influenced by the ancient Roman festival Pomona, which celebrated the harvest goddess of the same name. Many Halloween customs and games that feature apples (such as bobbing for apples) and nuts date from this time. In fact, in the past, Halloween has been called San-Apple Night and Nutcrack Night...

 

  • During the pre-Halloween celebration of Samhain, bonfires were lit to ensure the sun would return after the long, hard winter. Often Druid priests would throw the bones of cattle into the flames and, hence, “bone fire” became “bonfire” ...

 

  • 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...

 

  • The idea of a "Halloween" to honor departed spirits & dispel demons is not unique to European tradition. The "Day of the Dead" in Mexico is a Christianized usurping of ancient Aztec & Mayan autumn customs. It also exists in China. The "Teng Chieh" or the Lantern Festival is one akin to Halloween festival. Lanterns shaped like dragons and other animals are hung around houses and streets to help guide the spirits back to their earthly homes. To honor their deceased loved ones, family members leave food and water by the portraits of their ancestors. And in Hong Kong is the "Yue Lan" or the “Festival of the Hungry Ghosts” during which fires are lit and food and gifts are offered to placate potentially angry ghosts who might be looking for revenge...

 

  • Trick-or-treating harks back to the Middle Ages and All Souls’ Day, when poor people in Britain would beg for soul cakes, a sweet-bread treat, and pray for dead relatives in return. It evolved from the ancient Celtic tradition of putting out treats and food to placate spirits who roamed the streets at Samhain, a sacred festival that marked the end of the Celtic calendar year. The first known mention of trick-or-treating in print in North America occurred in 1927 in Blackie, Alberta, Canada...

 

  • 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...

 

  • In many countries, such as France and Australia, Halloween is seen as an unwanted and overly commercial American influence. (Which is what it has become; in the U.S. now it's become the second biggest commercial spending holiday after Christmas.)

 

  • Lastly, if you are going Trick or Treating – especially with kids – keep in mind children are more than twice more likely to be killed in a pedestrian/car accident on Halloween than on any other night...

 

Okay, hope all is well with everyone. Thank you all dearly again for your friendships. More as it happens...

:heart: :heart:

Just a quick update now that I'm back from the Yaoi con...

 

First, my deep heartfelt thanks again to "fablespinner" (Dana Armstrong) for her generous kindness to making my attendance both possible & wonderful.

Thank you, "Kiterie" (Kiterie Aine) for your thoughtfulness & credit.

And, warm thanks to all "the gang" for your appreciation & consideration in tolerating this old fogey...

 

Simply, the event was both terrific & delightful; much better & more enjoyable than I expected. Of course there was all the colorful people in costumes having fun, plus the various collateral events & professional workshops, but most impressive was seeing all the amazingly talented exhibitors & there fabulous works. Yaoi has expanded into quite an astounding international industry. Congrats, kudos & success to all. I can't wait 'till next year...

 

 Okay, now to try & catch up here. I'm hopelessly behind, so sincere apologies in advance for not responding to all, for missed birthdays, etc. If I missed anything really important, please let me know...

 

Thank you again. Hope all is good with everyone. More as it happens...

 

:heart: :heart:

I'll be going to the Yaoi con here in San Francisco Sept 12-15 with – and thanks to – the wonderful fablespinner. :heart: Hopefully, I'll meet some of you there. So, I'll be off-line during that time. I'll post all the news when I get back...

 

Second, sincere apologies again for missed & belated acknowledgements, comments, etc. My work schedule has been more & longer these current weeks due to coworkers on vacation, etc. + personal matters needing attention. Things should be back to "normal" (at least for a while) after I get back from the con...

 

Otherwise, all is good with me, though I've been rather busy at work (hence belated replies). Pray all is well with everyone. More soon...

 

Given all the gloom & doom in the news, I thought some amusing trivia would be in order.

 

Did You Know?

 

  • Now you can claim an excuse. The Neanderthal's brain was bigger than ours.
  • Barely half of all Americans know that the sun is a star. And they can vote.
  • In Chico, California USA, there is an ordinance prohibiting the testing of a nuclear weapon inside the city. Terrorists take note.
  • Disney's Donald Duck comics were banned Finland because he doesn't wear pants.  Odd they missed Porky Pig.
  • Sigmund Freud had a morbid fear of ferns, but a cigar was still "just a cigar."
  • The oldest record of a contraceptive is from Egypt over 4,000 years ago. It was made from crocodile dung & it worked. No shit...
  • When Robin Williams was in high school he was voted "Least Likely to Succeed." Talk about having the last laugh.
  • In South Bend, Indiana USA, a monkey was once tried & convicted for smoking a cigarette. Maybe he should have tried a camel instead?
  • The first coin operated vending machine was invented in Alexandria, Egypt over 2,000 years ago by Heron (Hero) for the purpose of dispensing "holy water" to worshippers entering temples. Just like now, gotta make a buck anyway you can.
  • Ah, the "Good Old Days." In 1221, when the armies under Genghis Khan rampaged through Nishapur (in what is now Iran), almost two million people are asserted to have been killed— in just one hour!
  • The ampersand (&) was once a letter of the English alphabet. There's got to be an ellipsis (...) in this story somewhere.
  • Mercedes-Benz wins the latest (2014) Conspicuous Consumption Award, for their limited production uber exclusive "Maybach Exelero," a 19-foot long ultra-lux 2- door 4-passenger Gran Turismo with a 700-hp V-12 engine capable of 200-mph. Price? Well, if you have to ask... But for the record, one of the few that will be built can be all yours for only 8-million in US dollars! Well, if you got it, flaunt it, I guess.

 

Okay. Me still here. Hope all is good with everyone. More as it happens...

:heart: :heart:

Since Halloween is upon us, and since I've no meaningful news to update now re yours truly, I thought some fun trivia facts about the holiday apropos:

 

  • “Halloween” is short for “Hallows’ Eve” or “Hallows’ Evening,” which was the evening before All Hallows’ (sanctified or holy) Day or Hallowmas on November 1. In an effort to convert pagans, the Christian church decided that Hallowmas or All Saints’ Day (November 1) and All Souls’ Day (November 2) should assimilate sacred pagan holidays that fell on or around October 31...

 

  • Halloween is thought to have originated around 4000 B.C., which means Halloween has been around for over 6,000 years...

 

  • Halloween was influenced by the ancient Roman festival Pomona, which celebrated the harvest goddess of the same name. Many Halloween customs and games that feature apples (such as bobbing for apples) and nuts date from this time. In fact, in the past, Halloween has been called San-Apple Night and Nutcrack Night...

 

  • During the pre-Halloween celebration of Samhain, bonfires were lit to ensure the sun would return after the long, hard winter. Often Druid priests would throw the bones of cattle into the flames and, hence, “bone fire” became “bonfire” ...

 

  • 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...

 

  • The idea of a "Halloween" to honor departed spirits & dispel demons is not unique to European tradition. The "Day of the Dead" in Mexico is a Christianized usurping of ancient Aztec & Mayan autumn customs. It also exists in China. The "Teng Chieh" or the Lantern Festival is one akin to Halloween festival. Lanterns shaped like dragons and other animals are hung around houses and streets to help guide the spirits back to their earthly homes. To honor their deceased loved ones, family members leave food and water by the portraits of their ancestors. And in Hong Kong is the "Yue Lan" or the “Festival of the Hungry Ghosts” during which fires are lit and food and gifts are offered to placate potentially angry ghosts who might be looking for revenge...

 

  • Trick-or-treating harks back to the Middle Ages and All Souls’ Day, when poor people in Britain would beg for soul cakes, a sweet-bread treat, and pray for dead relatives in return. It evolved from the ancient Celtic tradition of putting out treats and food to placate spirits who roamed the streets at Samhain, a sacred festival that marked the end of the Celtic calendar year. The first known mention of trick-or-treating in print in North America occurred in 1927 in Blackie, Alberta, Canada...

 

  • 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...

 

  • In many countries, such as France and Australia, Halloween is seen as an unwanted and overly commercial American influence. (Which is what it has become; in the U.S. now it's become the second biggest commercial spending holiday after Christmas.)

 

  • Lastly, if you are going Trick or Treating – especially with kids – keep in mind children are more than twice more likely to be killed in a pedestrian/car accident on Halloween than on any other night...

 

Okay, hope all is well with everyone. Thank you all dearly again for your friendships. More as it happens...

:heart: :heart:

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Operating System: My brain (when it works); my psyche (always)...
MP3 player of choice: Don't have any players of any kind ...
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Skin of choice: Alas, it's getting old & wrinkled (inexorably by Nature, not my choice)...
Favourite cartoon character: "Lio," "Holy Mole," "Pearls Before Swine," ""Non Sequitur," among others...
Personal Quote: Do good, have fun, be of good cheer...
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Many thanks for the watch :)
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:D :hug: You're dearly welcome... :heart:
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many thanks watchin :iconcuteglompplz:
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:D:D You're dearly welcome. Thank you!  :heart:
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thanks for the llama and the watch~! :dummy:
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:D :D  You're dearly welcome... :heart:
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thank you so much for the watch , I really help me , motivated me, cheer me , and bounce me back up when I down , lonely and sad
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:D:D :iconawwplz: :iconlove:
You're so dearly welcome. Please feel free to chat anytime. Pray all is well...
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Thank you very much for watching me ^ ^
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:XD: :hug: You're most dearly welcome... :heart:
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