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Archived updates for Friday, October 28, 2005

TGIF for Recycling Your Pumpkin

U.S. Patent No. D404339 for "Pumpkin Decorating Kit"

Using pumpkins as lanterns at Halloween is based on an ancient Celtic custom brought to America by Irish immigrants. All Hallows Eve, on October 31st, marked the end of the old Celtic calendar year, and on that night hollowed-out turnips, beets and rutabagas with a candle inside were placed on windowsills and porches to welcome home spirits of deceased ancestors and ward off evil spirits and a restless soul called "Stingy Jack," hence the name "Jack-o'-lantern".

The centerpiece of contemporary Thanksgiving (on the fourth Thursday of November in the United States) is a large meal, typically in the late afternoon or evening, starring a large roasted turkey.

Thank Goodness It's Friday (and I'm at the APLF Annual Meeting),

--Bill Heinze
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