Plenty of Halloween-related material out there this week, and the Smithsonian in particular has a lot of great stuff.
- Kale can be used to predict what your spouse will be like! No, it doesn’t make a lot of sense, but quite a few other traditions of this ilk don’t either. It’s an old Halloween tradition from Scotland and Ireland.
- A skeptical governor might have been the reason an accused witch was let go, with both her and her accuser being told to be neighborly and peaceful with each other.
- A series of 12 old Halloween costumes proves that even Bugs Bunny can be deeply creepy. Here are some more vintage Halloween costumes, this time from BoingBoing.
- If you’re carving a pumpkin this season it might be a good idea to use pumpkin-carving tools, which may (probably) be safer than normal knives. And once you do, here’s how to keep it fresh longer.
- This may be the best-ever synopsis of Wizard of Oz.
- And incidentally, Superman has quit his job to become a blogger. Unfortunately he appears to have left the newsroom with the standard ignorant rant about how newspapers aren’t what they used to be. Actually, if you look at old newspapers from, say, 1900 or so, they look a whole lot like Twitter, with little snippets about how Mrs. John Endicott traveled to Sioux Falls to visit her sister, Miss Flora Entwhistle, and the weather was fine that day. And the ads are all mixed in with the copy, with opinion liberally doled out all over the place. I guess “super-historian” is not a power.