Fact 1 - Halloween or Hallowe'en, also known as Allhalloween, All Hallows' Eve, or All Saints' Eve, cabbage night, summers end, witches night, Lamswool, and Samhain
Fact 2 - Candy corn was originally called chicken feed
Fact 3 - Jack O'Lanterns originated from turnips
Fact 4 - Harry Houdini died halloween night
Fact 5 - Boston, Massachusetts, holds the record for the most Jack O Lanterns lit at once (30,128)
Fact 6 - 90% of parents steal from their child’s candy collection.
Fact 7-Trick or treating in the US became popular in the 1930’s
Fact 8- Pumpkins were believed to originate in north america
Fact 9- Samhainophobia is the fear of Halloween
Fact 10-Halloween is the second highest grossing commercial holiday
Fact 11-More than twice the amount of chocolate is sold for Halloween than for valentines day
Fact 12-Dressing up on Halloween was believed to be a way to hide from dark creatures
Fact 13-Only 6 states produce a majority of the holiday's pumpkins.
Fact 14-Hocus Pocus almost had a different name, Haunted house
Fact 15-Silly string is banned in hollywood on October 31
Fact 16-Halloween is the second largest consumer Holiday
Fact 17-Due to safety concerns, trunk-or-treating was introduced in 2000 as an alternative to hitting the pavement for candy on Halloween night
Fact 18-Illinois has banned kids over 12 from trick or treating
Fact 19-Many shelters refuse to adopt these cats in the lead-up to Halloween, as they're worried the animals will be used in some sort of sacrifice
Fact 20-Some of the most popular Halloween costumes for kids in 2017 included action and superheroes, batman, princesses, and animals
Fact 21-The word witch comes from the old english word wicce, meaning wise women
Fact 22-The largest pumpkin ever measured was grown by Norm Craven, who broke the world record in 1993 with a 836 lb. pumpkin
Fact 23-Scarecrows, a popular Halloween fixture, symbolize the ancient agricultural roots of the holiday.
Fact 24-There really are so-called vampire bats, but they're not from Transylvania. They live in Central and South America and feed on the blood of cattle, horses and birds.
Fact 25- According to legend, if you see a spider on Halloween, it's actually the spirit of a loved one watching you
Fact 26-October 30th is National Candy Corn Day.
Fact 27-Halloween was believed to have started in Ireland
Fact 28-Salem, Massachusetts is the witchcraft capital of the world
Fact 29-In Alabama, it's illegal to dress up as a priest or other religious clergy member for Halloween.
Fact 30- October 30th is national candy corn day
Fact 31-Some examples of celebrities who were born on Halloween are, John Candy, Dermot Mulroney, Willow Smith, Vanilla Ice, and Christina Aguilar, Rob Schneider, Nolan North, Piper Perabo, and Lord of the Rings director Peter Jackson.
Fact 32-Black cats get a bad rep Halloween because they were once believed to be a witch's subordinates who protected their master's dark powers.
Fact 33-The Haunted Cave in Lewisburg, Ohio. It measures 3,564 feet long, and Guinness World Records named it the world’s longest haunted house in 2010 (until it was beaten by a haunted house in Japan in 2011). Even spookier: It is located 80 feet below ground in an abandoned mine.
Fact 34-Tootsie Rolls were the first wrapped penny candy in America.
Fact 35-There really are so-called vampire bats, but they're not from Transylvania. They live in Central and South America and feed on the blood of cattle, horses and birds.
Fact 36-The M&M in M&M's stands for Mars and Murrie.
Fact 37-Casper the friendly ghost first appeared in a series titled "Noveltoons" in 1946.
Fact 38-Early in the growing popularity of Halloween you would have to dance for candy
Fact 39-The colors used for Halloween are not so strange…..orange represents the harvest and black represents the death of summer.
Fact 40-Legend has it, Jack O’Lanterns get their name from an old Irish story of a man named Jack who liked to trick the devil and because of his tricky ways, was barred from entering both heaven and hell, instead, he was forced to wander the earth, where he used his lanterns to wave people away from their intended paths.
Story by Adelina Crosson
Angie Thomas was born in Jackson, Mississippi, and is 31 years old. Angie has a BFA in Creative Writing from Belhaven University and a degree in Hip Hop. She is also a winner of the Walter Dean Myers Grant 2015, awarded by We Need Diverse Books. Angie’s award-winning, acclaimed debut novel, The Hate U Give, is a #1 New York Times bestseller and major motion picture from Fox 2000. Angie also has a second novel, On the Come Up. According to About Angie Thomas
“The Hate U Give is about sixteen-year-old Starr Carter and the two different worlds she lives in: the poor neighborhood where she lives, and the fancy suburban prep school she attends. The uneasy balance between these worlds is broken when Starr witnesses the fatal shooting of her childhood best friend, Khalil, by a police officer. As Khalil’s death becomes national news, local cops and the neighborhood drug lord try to scare Starr and her family before she goes in front of a grand jury. But what everyone wants to know is: what really went down that night? And the only person alive who can answer that is Starr But what Starr does—or does not—say could upend her community. It could also endanger her life.”
starring Amandla Stenberg and directed by George Tillman, Jr. According to Good Reads. And here is a link to learn more: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LYww4B7wEPw
Angie Thomas also wrote, “On The Come Up” which is also an amazing book.
It is about “Sixteen-year-old Bri who wants to be one of the best rappers of all time. Or at least make it out of her neighborhood one day. As the daughter of an underground rap legend who died before he hit big, Bri’s got big shoes to fill. But now that her mom has lost her job, food banks and shutoff notices are as much a part of Bri’s life as beats and rhymes. With bills piling up and homelessness staring her family down, Bri not just wants to make it—she has to make it.”
According to Good reads
Here is a link to learn more: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bNs2uVPUnv0
I would read these books because these books are really impactful they talk about how people have different privileges then others and how some people assume that others are starting trouble because of the color of their skin or if people look different they get treated differently. So I think these books really show the fact of life that people should be treated the same even if we all look different we should all treat everyone the same. You should read these books because they do make you think about things differently.
Story by Ansel Della Guaredia
Simone Biles is well known all around the world, but she just came a little more well known. Simone Biles became the most decorated gymnast in the World Championships on October 12, 2019- just this month! With the highest World Championships medal count in history, Biles set the record of 25 medals, both men and women. She also has 19 world titles, and is the most decorated American gymnast of all time. “I don't know how I do it sometimes," Biles said, according to the USA Gymnastics website. "Sometimes I wonder how I do it. I feel like it's just like not me. I wish I could have an out-of-body experience to witness it because sometimes I think I'm going crazy."
She's won the most gold medals at a single Olympics, with four in Rio in 2016. She has 19 world titles. And now, she's the most decorated gymnast in the world championships' history, winning her 24th and 25th medals to surpass Belarusian Vitaly Scherbo for the all-time mark. He only had 23 medals. “It's not just about the medal haul -- though that alone solidifies her case as the greatest gymnast of all time. It's also how she's doing it.” Says CNN. “Every year, it feels better and better just because we’re adding to the legacy,” Biles said. “I feel like I never think of records. I just go out there and do what I came to do, which is to compete for the country.” Simone Biles is a very inspirational person, and what surprises me the most is her backstory.
Simone had a rough life growing up. According to many sites including The Famous People, and even her own book- “Courage To Soar”-Her and her sister Adria, were raised by their grandparents after their mom's struggle with substance abuse problems. Their father, Kelvin Clemmons also wasn't there for them when he abandoned his family after struggles with addictions. Eventually her grandparents Rob and Nellie, adopted Simone and Adria. Simone says that even though her mom wasn't there for her, her grandparents were unconditionally supportive. Her whole gymnastics career started from a school field trip to a gymnasium with her care mates. She soon after decided to go to ‘Bannon’s Gymnastix’ for coaching when she was just eight. Simone has come a long way from her early life of living with her grandparents, and taking very little training at Bannon's, to being the most decorated gymnast in the world championships. She is definitely raising the bar for amazing gymnasts like herself, inspiring beginner gymnasts, and even people who don't do gymnastics at all, across the whole world.
Story by Olivia Courtenay-Smith
Malala was a very inspiring woman. She was born in Pakistan, in 1997. When a girl was born in Pakistan, it’s a disappointment to her family. When people saw her as an infant, they would say, “Oh. It’s a girl.” And that’s what people said. But Malala’s father always believed in her. He wanted her to have the best education possible.
Malala had a peaceful childhood. Many Pakistani girls would not go to school at all, but since Malala’s father ran many schools, Malala attended an all-girls school. Malala is part of the Islamic faith. She has two younger brothers, and her mom, and her dad. But then suddenly, everything changed. Malala could not go out of the house. She couldn’t attend school. But her father was faithful in her education.
This happened because the Taliban had invaded Pakistan. They enforced strict rules, such as no girls were to attend school, and women and girls were not allowed out of the house. If they needed to go out of the house, they must be accompanied by a related male, and be wearing a burqa, which is what very conservative Muslim women wear to cover their faces. A group of people who called themselves the BBC, a now well-known newsgroup, invited Malala to blog with them about what was happening, and Malala agreed. She became well-known as she spoke and blogged to her country. Slowly, Pakistan regained control and the Taliban's rules were stretched. She had freedom once again.
Malala went back to school immediately. She was getting on the bus to go home when a man came onto the vehicle. “Who is Malala?” he asked. Malala stood up, and he shot her in the face, along with a few of her friends. He thought they were dead and left the rest of the group. But Malala survived! She made a recovery in England and is about 21 years old now. She won the 2014 Nobel Peace Prize for helping her district of Pakistan. Two Aprils ago, she was appointed as a UN Messenger of Peace.
I think it’s important to know about who Malala is because she is incredibly brave, and she is a great inspiration to women and girls everywhere. Since her recovery, she’s published the book I Am Malala, and she’s started the Malala Fund, which raises money for free girls education around the world.
Story by Flannery Plaehn
Did you know that soccer is the most popular sport in the world? The sport soccer has an estimated 4 billion followers around the globe. That's more than half the world! According to athleticscholarships.net soccer officially started in England about 2,000 years ago, although ancient China, Greece, Rome, and parts of Central America also claim to have started the sport.
Some of the championships that the soccer teams play in are the FIFA Women's World Cup, UEFA European championship, and the gold cup. According to foxsports.com, in the 2019 Women's World Cup, the USA got first place. They won against the Netherlands, winning 2-0. Megan Rapinoe was one of the USA's top goal scorers in the women's world cup. She got 6 goals out of 12 shots. One of their highest-scoring games was against Thailand, with 13-0. According to espn.com, in the gold cup, Mexico got first place with the final game against the USA 1-0. Jonathan Dos Santos was the only soccer player to score a goal in the gold cups finals. To get into the finals Mexico beat Jamaica 3-1. According to fcbarcelona.com Barcelona is one of the most popular soccer teams.
So far in 2019 they have played 8 games and have won 4 times, tied 2 games, and lost 2 games. They have won the FIFA world cup 3 times! The yers they won were 2009, 2011, and 2015. The Barcelona soccer team was founded on 11/29/1899. The gold cup was founded in 1991, as well as the FIFA Women's World Cup. According to cbssports.com, the 2020 UEFA European championship starts in June 2020. The euros start on 6/12/2020 and end on 7/12/2020. The 2020 UEFA championships will be held in multiple countries.
Story by Kale Kettner
The Life Of Kentrell
Kentrell Gaulden is known professionally as “Youngboy Never Broke Again” or “NBA Youngboy”. He goes under the stage name “NBA Youngboy”, which stands for Never Broke Again. He later changed it to Youngboy Never Broke Again do to copyright with The NBA Basketball. He was born originally in Baton Rouge, Louisiana on the 20th of October 1999. During his childhood, he came in contact with some very critical injuries. At the age of four Kentrell broke his neck in a wrestling accident with his cousin, and three deep scars still mark his forehead from wearing a halo brace. The injury requiring a head brace until his spin healed.
Kentrell was raised mainly by his grandmother due to his maternal father being sentenced to 55 years in prison. After he was released from the detention center, Kentrell’s grandmother died of Heart failure, later Gaulden moved in with his friend and fellow Baton Rouge Rapper, NBA 3Three ( also known as OG 3Three). When his grandmother passed away a few years ago, Kentrell was left to fend for himself. He dropped out of school in the 9th grade and, shortly after, he was arrested for robbery, also after dropping out, he told his mom that he only wanted to just focus on his music career and shortly after that he was arrested again.
The Early Years of his Carreer
Youngboy began performing music with a microphone he brought from Walmart when he was only fourteen. He released his first mixtape * Life Before Fame* in 2015. Shortly after he followed that with a string of mixtapes including Mind of a Menace, Mind of a Menace 2, and Before I Go. Youngboy attracted attention with his October 2016 mixtape *38 Baby*. Youngboy’s quick rise to popularity included many problems with other fellow rappers, for example, he had “song-for-song rap beef” with Scotty Cain on December 2015, which in both songs included death threats. Although no real violence really occurred.
In November 2016, U.S Marshals arrested Youngboy before a concert in Austin, Texas accusing him jumping out of a vehicle and opening fire on a group of people on a South Baton Rouge Street. Youngboy was charged with two counts of attempted murder. Youngboy was in jail from December 2016 to August 2017 for attempting first-degree murder. Speaking on his incarceration, he said: “I don't think they really target, but if you got a name, they know who you are, you do something they gonna come get you, and whoever your with and whatever they do, you're accountable for it just cause you got the biggest name.” While in jail in East Baton Rouge Parish, Louisiana, Youngboy released two mixtapes * Before I Go reloaded, and Mind Of A Menace. Youngboy was released from prison May 2017 after taking a plea deal and posting bail. A week after prison Kentrell released the single “Untouchable”. Also in August 2017, Youngboy announced the A.I Youngboy tour.
On August 23, 2017, a Baton Rouge judge sentenced Youngboy to a suspended 10-year prison term and three years of active probation for his involvement in a drive-by shooting. Jackson had given Gaulden a suspended 10-year prison term in August 2017 and put him on probation for three years after he pleaded guilty to aggravated assault with a firearm in the 2016 shooting. If all goes well, he has about one year left on probation. Youngboy was arrested before a concert at The Moon night club in Tallahassee on February 25, 2018. Youngboy had a warrant in the state of Georgia for allegedly committing assault, weapons violations, and kidnapping. Hotel surveillance footage leaked shortly following his arrest showing Gaulden assaulting his then-girlfriend Jania. On March 15, 2018, he was released from prison on $75,000 bail. Youngboy has four sons with three mothers. The children are named Kayden, Kamron, Taylin, and Kamiri. In June 2018, he stated that “Baby K” isn't his biological son and that he will remain taking care of him.
How’s Kentrell Doing Now
August 29th, 2019 Kentrell was released from a Louisiana Jail where he was being accused of violating his probation. He also was arrested this earlier this year over shoving a woman at a Georgia hotel. The judge considering the possible violations sentenced him to 90 days in jail and banned from performing for 14 months. Gaulden and is crew was reportedly on the receiving end of bullets on Mothers Day outside the Trump Resort near Miami. Shots rang outside near the beachside hotel, where YB and his entourage were later identified as being on the scene. It's unclear at this point what NBA YoungBoy's exact involvement might've been -- but multiple eyewitnesses say someone opened fire on him. YoungBoy was NOT shot himself, but his girlfriend, Kay Marie, was injured with a gunshot wound. The only thing cops are saying at this point is that one person was left dead in the shootout.
September 6th Gaulden released two new songs “Slime Mentality” and “Self Control”. Throughout “Self Control,” the 19-year-old Baton Rouge superstar uses his melodic flows to reveal how he dealt with loved ones losing their lives, the temptations of substance abuse and more. “When my grandma died, I had to beat the odds and it wasn’t easy.” and “When Boozilla died, I almost lost my mind, it broke me to pieces. We was slangin’ iron for Dump and the rest, it ain't no secret. 38 round my neck, we be them boys you don't want to smoke with.” Youngboy raps during the first verse of “Self Control,” opening up about past trials and tribulations. The judge is "not trying to keep him from doing his art, his business and supporting his children," Manasseh said. "He's doing really well. I think he really wants to show the judge he's taking responsibility." Manasseh says attorneys can submit requests for Gaulden to leave his house for important reasons only, such as doctor appointments, church and counseling.
Story by De’Maya Timpson
In Korea a child has a family name first. For example if someone named Yen Li had the family name of “Sua” they’re name would be written as Sua Yen Li. In Korea two part names are also not to be shortened, in this example Yen Li would not go by Yen.
Spanish speaking countries
In Spanish speaking countries a child’s first name is up to the parents. The surname of a Spanish speaking child they will have two last names. The first is the father's surname and then the second is the mother’s surname.
In China words are written as characters. Chinese names have 3 characters in them. A family name is one characters and a two character name chosen by the family. Chinese people also have different names in different settings like with friends, or at school.
Unlike most other countries, Afghan names typically consist of only a first name. Afghan men usually have compound names that contain Islamic or Arabic components. Women on the other hand are typically given Persian or Pashto based names. Last names are chosen by the person. The last name can be based on tribal affiliation, honorific titles, or even the place of birth.
Somalians names are that of unique origin. A Somalian individual has three personal names and no family name. Names are a coalescence of the personal name, the personal name of the paternal grandfather, and the personal name of the father.
Czech and Slovak
In Czech and Slovak names are heavily based on gender. A female’s name is based on the male equivalent with the ending, ová. If there was an “E” at the end of the male name it would be removed from the end before adding “ová”. An example of a female Czech or Slovak name is Novaková. Czech and Slovak names also include a family name, again based on the gender. If a name ends with ský of ný the name would be altered, ská and ná, for a woman.
Story by Stella Coffey
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Think about it. You may be dreaming about a forkful of flaming flaky breakfast sandwich, but before you do, read about the fallacies and falsehoods fast food companies are feeding you. In short, they’re fibbing.
However, not all of this is bad. If you want to find the freakishly famous restaurant that feeds you the “healthiest” food, you’re in luck. I will be ranking each one on healthiness, taste, and ingredients that are truthful. But, if you want to consider eating fast food ever again, just know that your fanciable, feeble dreams may be ferociously crushed. You have been warned.
Each of these ingredients might not sound very appetizing, but they won’t make you sick. Healthy though? Not at all. If you’re looking for the healthiest option, the answer would be D: None of the above. If you are really concerned about your diet, the healthiest option is probably eating at home.
Story by Sasha Bickford
Jeans started as a functional need for workers, now they are a symbol of fashion. With jeans the style is always evolving with new fabrics, styles, washes, cuts, and fits. You may not know jeans have been around for quite some time, 146 years to be exact. Levi jeans have been a classic denim brand for a while but you may not know the company name came from the inventor of jeans, Levi Strauss. Strauss took the material from work overalls which were already a big part of people and their work wear. He took the denim material and made it to be a more comfortable, casual, everyday wear item.
Strauss was born on February 26 1819 in Buttenheim, Bavaria. Levis father died when he was only two years old which led to him and his family immigrating to New York. When Strauss and his family arrived in the city his two older brothers open a wholesale dry goods business called “J. Strauss Brother and co.” Strauss soon learned the family business himself. Eventually the news of the California gold rush made it way to the east. So Strauss packed his bags and moved to San Francisco in 1853. Though not for the gold business but to open a wholesale store of his own. Strauss opened the store in the west coast to representative his family firm but he eventually shortened the company name to “Levi Strauss and Co.”
Around the year 1852 Strauss received a letter from one of his store customers with the idea to make denim jeans, but to use rivets at point of strains to make the pants extra strong. Strauss loved the idea so he wrote back and asked Jacob Davis to come work with him. They received a patent and on May 20th 1873 blue jeans were born. They were a hit. Levi lived out the rest of his life with good money that he would donate then to many different organizations and companies. Levi Strauss died September 26th in 1902. So next time you put on a pair of jeans look and notice the little metal pieces on the sides by the pockets and think to yourself that's what really put together the invention of jeans.
Story by Maya Fuchs
Through-out the globe people of different races, genders, beliefs all practice different things in different ways. Some ways are opposite or very different from American culture. Everywhere you go, ideas and values are different from what you’ve grown up with and experienced. For example, weddings around the world are one of the most diverse practices there is. In America, brides throw their bouquet at their female guests. According to brides.com, In Germany, guest throw porcelain dishes on the ground. The groom and bride have to clean it up to ward off evil spirits. It doesn’t stop there. Everyday practices are always performed differently throughout the world.
In the U.S. we do things differently than a lot of other cultures. For instance, tipping in the U.S. is a form of gratitude and the reverse is a sign of anger or bad service. For good service, Americans are expected to pay 15-20% of the bill. According to, time.com, tipping in the U.S. came from a post-civil war idea keep slavery. In other cultures tipping causes contradiction. For example, in China tipping is considered bragging to the waiter or waitress and they take it to an offense. Also, it encourages people to treat tourists with more respect than locals because they know that they might receive a better tip than a local who knows that it’s rude to tip. That’s just one way that America does things differently than other places around the globe.
Another example of what we do differently is we also pay people a lot differently in the U.S. For example, a starting teacher's salary is 35,000 in North Carolina. In places like Japan, the demand to be a doctor is just as much more as trying to become a doctor. In the states it is considered rude or obnoxious to eat loudly in public but, theculturetrip.com states that in a lot of other cultures, that eating loudly or slurping your food is a sign of true enjoyment of your meal. The average American points with the index finger; that is what everyone is accustomed to. In other South Asian countries like Malaysia, pointing with your thumb in the default gesture. That’s not all. From the beginning of human existence, people have always practiced things in different ways. We should celebrate and embrace our differences around the globe.
Story by Liv Suydam