I was tagged by Kwizgiver. The rules are: answer the questions, tag 5 people and then go off on your travels to their hometowns. One answer for each of the questions. No ties.
Hmm. I don't consider where I live to be my hometown. Those who read regularly know I hope to make Providence my hometown before long. For this, I'll use the town I grew up in.
Best place to eat. The Milleridge Inn. It's not actually in my hometown, and I'm sure that there are many fine restaurants that have sprung up in my absence. It's a wonderful old inn that's been working since around 1672.
As coincidence would have it, The Guardian recently reported that new mtDNA evidence indicates that the body in Dr. Hawley Crippen's cellar, long believed to be that of his wife, was, in fact, not. Crippen was hanged in 1910 for her murder.
The coincidence is that I just finished reading Thunderstruck by Erik Larson, a book about the crime.
While the investigation methods weren't quite up to 21st century detail, the evidence was compelling enough for a conviction. Now it appears that the woman in the cellar wasn't Cora Crippen after all, although the mtDNA results have their skeptics as well.
Monster Crochet is ready for the holiday with this scarf made to look like a bloody hack saw. It's wickedly clever. Just toss it around your neck, and you're costumed and ready to go. I would have added a drip of fringe from each of the points, but it's a cool Halloween scarf without it.
People who are androgynous have both strong masculine and strong feminine qualities. Androgynous people tend to be both action and people oriented, and are usually able to successfully take on a diverse range of roles that cross gender-role boundaries.
Ghosts or Goblins?: ghosts Zombies or Vampires? vampires Witches or Hags?: witches Werewolves or Frankenstein?: Frankenstein Black Cats or bats?: black cats Trick or Treat?: treat, please Candy Corn or Candy Apples?: candy corn Pumpkins or Squash? pumpkins Orange or Purple lights? orange, I think Toads or Spiders?: toads, but spideys don't bother me Lanterns or Lit Pumpkins?: lit pumpkins Skeletons or Mummies?: skeletons
What were you last year for Halloween?: renaissance peasant What are you going to be this year?: myself Favorite costume you have ever worn?: can't remember How do you spend your Halloween?: either doling out candy or taking the Bear trick-or-treating Are you or are you not going trick or treating this year?: I'll go with the Bear Did or do you pull Halloween pranks?: no Do you believe in ghosts? no Are you superstitious? not so much Do you like caramel popcorn?: yum Have you ever gone in the country to look for pumpkins? to a pumpkin farm, if that counts Have you ever been on a hayride? yes Do you decorate your home for Halloween?: yes Have you ever been to a haunted house?: yes Have you ever been to a graveyard on Halloween? no Have you ever attended a Halloween party?: yes Do you watch scary movies on Halloween? yes Have you ever had your candy stolen from you?: no Did you ever steal any ones candy? no Has anyone ever gotten hurt due to your prank?: nope Have you ever dressed as a witch/warlock?: yes Are your parents into Halloween?: yes Do you know someone who was born on Halloween? no
HAVE YOU EVER:
Passed out candy?: yes Bobbed for apples?: yes Gone to a pumpkin patch?: every year Hosted a Halloween Party? yes Attended a Halloween Party?: yes Made pumpkin pie?: yes, it's my favorite Raked leaves?: yes Watched the Travel Channel with the Halloween specials?: no...but I would, if I remembered to
HAVE YOU SEEN:
Amityville Horror?: I don't remember. I read the book Halloween?: yes Last House On The Left? no House Of Wax?: yes Tales From The Crypt? yes The Exorcist?: yes Texas Chainsaw Massacre?: no Pumpkinhead?: no The Sixth Sense?: yes All or any of the Nightmare On Elm Street?: The first two or three Practical Magic?: yes Any or all of The Simpsons Halloween episodes?: many, but I don't think all The Munsters?: yes The Adams Family?: yes, and I liked it better than the Munsters Elvira?: a couple of times The Lost Boys?: no Contact?: no Hocus Pocus?: every year Edward Scissorhands?: yes, awhile ago Friday the 13th?: yes Childs Play?: I think so, but I don't remember The Shining?: yes Salems Lot?: both versions, and I read the book Fright Night?: no
Well, the good news is that we've seen worse. But you are just a few tricks away from being president of Pranksterville. We'd say "congrats" but we certainly don't want to encourage you. Okay, what the heck — congrats! You're anything but boring and that's probably why you have so many friends — they can't wait to see what you'll do next. Of course, they're probably trying their best not to become your next victim of "fun," either.
Just because you've been known to stir up trouble now and then, doesn't mean you aren't sweet when it counts. Even if being good is a little hard sometimes. Hey, it's tricky but you can do it!
The Hello Kitty AK-47 Glambo assault rifle. 'Cuz you never know.
Created by GlamGuns, a faux site "Founded by a female US Army veteran known only as "Glambo," GlamGuns.com was put together to mock stereotypes of women and girls and what they really like. Photoshopping of weapons and other "products" was done by Twitch who shares the madness."
The Halloween-themed posts are flying. Watchismo is a site dedicated to antique and cutting-edge technology timepieces. As part of their Halloween week posts, they've shown the pieces above. The gold 17th-century skull clock has snakes that pop in and out of its eye sockets, and its jaw snaps open and shut. The silver skull watch was made for Mary, Queen of Scotts shortly before her execution. Momento, Mori.