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archiemcphee:

This awesomely terrifying monstrosity is one of the world’s oldest surviving jack-o’-lanterns. It was carved from a turnip during the 19th century, but we think it looks like something that could’ve been created by Edmund Blackadder’s faithful Baldrick, known for his love of turnips. It’s currently on display at the Museum of Country Life in County Mayo, Ireland.
According to IrishCentral, Irish folklore claims the custom of carving jack-o’-lanterns at Halloween originated in Ireland, where turnips, mangelwurzel or beets were supposedly used before pumpkins came into play:

As the tale goes, a man called Stingy Jack invited the devil for a drink and convinced him to shape-shift into a coin to pay with. When the devil obliged, Jack decided he wanted the coin for other purposes, and kept it in his pocket beside a small, silver cross to prevent it from turning back into the devil.
Jack eventually freed the devil under the condition that he wouldn’t bother Jack for one year, and wouldn’t claim Jack’s soul once he died. The next year, Jack tricked the devil once more by convincing him to climb up a tree to fetch a piece of fruit. When he was up in the tree, Jack carved a cross into the trunk so the devil couldn’t come down until he swore he wouldn’t bother Stingy Jack for another ten years.
When Jack died, God wouldn’t allow him into heaven and the devil wouldn’t allow him into hell. He was instead sent into the eternal night, with a burning coal inside a carved-out turnip to light his way. He’s been roaming the earth ever since. The Irish began to refer to this spooky figure as “Jack of the Lantern,” which then became “Jack O’Lantern.”

Head over to IrishCentral to learn more about this spooky piece of Halloween history.
[via io9]

archiemcphee:

This awesomely terrifying monstrosity is one of the world’s oldest surviving jack-o’-lanterns. It was carved from a turnip during the 19th century, but we think it looks like something that could’ve been created by Edmund Blackadder’s faithful Baldrick, known for his love of turnips. It’s currently on display at the Museum of Country Life in County Mayo, Ireland.

According to IrishCentral, Irish folklore claims the custom of carving jack-o’-lanterns at Halloween originated in Ireland, where turnips, mangelwurzel or beets were supposedly used before pumpkins came into play:

As the tale goes, a man called Stingy Jack invited the devil for a drink and convinced him to shape-shift into a coin to pay with. When the devil obliged, Jack decided he wanted the coin for other purposes, and kept it in his pocket beside a small, silver cross to prevent it from turning back into the devil.

Jack eventually freed the devil under the condition that he wouldn’t bother Jack for one year, and wouldn’t claim Jack’s soul once he died. The next year, Jack tricked the devil once more by convincing him to climb up a tree to fetch a piece of fruit. When he was up in the tree, Jack carved a cross into the trunk so the devil couldn’t come down until he swore he wouldn’t bother Stingy Jack for another ten years.

When Jack died, God wouldn’t allow him into heaven and the devil wouldn’t allow him into hell. He was instead sent into the eternal night, with a burning coal inside a carved-out turnip to light his way. He’s been roaming the earth ever since. The Irish began to refer to this spooky figure as “Jack of the Lantern,” which then became “Jack O’Lantern.”

Head over to IrishCentral to learn more about this spooky piece of Halloween history.

[via io9]

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manticoreimaginary:

Watching this (and fearing broken ankles with each loop) I can’t helping thinking about that old quote Ginger Rogers did everything Fred Astaire did, except backwards and in high heels.

But no, if you watch closely you’ll see she doesn’t even step on the last chair. That means she had to trust that fucker to lift her gently to the ground while he was spinning down onto that chair. That takes major guts. I’d be pissing myself and fearing a broken neck if I were in her place. Kudos to her. 

I can’t stop watching this. 

#I watched this for too long to not reblog

sassy-hook:

pleasant-trees:

aprilsvigil:

manticoreimaginary:

Watching this (and fearing broken ankles with each loop) I can’t helping thinking about that old quote Ginger Rogers did everything Fred Astaire did, except backwards and in high heels.

But no, if you watch closely you’ll see she doesn’t even step on the last chair. That means she had to trust that fucker to lift her gently to the ground while he was spinning down onto that chair. That takes major guts. I’d be pissing myself and fearing a broken neck if I were in her place. Kudos to her. 

I can’t stop watching this. 

constancecream

NEW VIRUS FOUND!!

Someone submitted a link but it’s actually a virus. I clicked it because I thought it was something Photoshop related as it was submitted to YeahPs. It sent me to a page saying:

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WHAT EVER YOU DO DON’T CLICK IT OR LOG IN BECAUSE IT DELETES YOUR BLOG! MY FRIEND OPENED IT AND LOGGED BACK IN!

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The person who is spreading this is someone called lastinganime”.

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REBLOG THIS AND SPREAD AWARENESS!

archiemcphee

archiemcphee:

Today the Department of Awesome Natural Wonders is wondering what enchanted forest photographer Kayla M. Frost was exploring when she encountered this beautiful colony of Bearded Tooth Fungi (Hericium erinaceus) that looks like countless stalactites of sugary sweet frosting:

"i had a very long moment with this gorgeous family of bearded tooth fungi."

[via kaylafrost-portfolio]

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kushdrinker:

have u ever tried to look cool in front of ur friends and u image

i have been laughing at this for 10 minutes straight. 

both his pants and underwear came off how did he even manage

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He’s not wearing underwear. Basketball short fabric doesn’t cling to the skin well. When there’s no underwear to grip it, they come flying off.