Friday, October 30, 2015

Candy Corn Day OCTOBER 30, 2015

DIANE'S CORNER .. Celebrate Candy Corn Day

You either love it or hate it, there’s little variance between the two. Candy Corn, some describe it as waxy and sickeningly sweet, and others just can’t seem to get enough of this seasonal treat. Whether handed out in small packets at Halloween or served in heaping bowls on grandma’s table, Candy Corn is an icon of the season, and you know that Autumn is here when it starts showing up.
In the late 1800’s, George Renniger of the Wunderle Candy Company created this colorful confection to celebrate the beauty of corn, and the deep autumnal colors. During that time winter was a long and cold affair, with electricity not quite having come into common usage. The bright colors of these candies could last throughout, bringing both a visceral joy and a burst of much-needed sugar during the dark time of the year.
It didn’t hurt that the related companies realized that specialized candy for Halloween was becoming increasingly popular, and so more and more styles of Halloween candies became popular throughout the year. Next on the list to be created by Wunderle were the Candy Pumpkins made from Mellocreme. Candy Corn Day is the celebration of this delicious treat, and everything to follow it in years to come.
As if it wasn’t obvious, one of the best ways to celebrate National Candy Corn Day is by eating a ginormous amount of candy corn! This sweet and uniquely flavored treat is available from just about any convenience store, grocery store, or candy outlet you care to name. Given what it’s made of, it also happens to be incredibly inexpensive, and can be used for any number of applications.

thanks, patty - for taking us on your autumn road trip through beautiful vermont

Word of the Day


Definition:(noun) A medicine or drug, especially a cathartic.
Usage:"Affery, woman," said Mr. Flintwinch, with a friendly grin on his expressive countenance, "if you ever have a dream of this sort again, it'll be a sign of your being in want of physic."


Orson Welles Broadcasts The War of the Worlds(1938)

On the night before Halloween in 1938, many listeners tuned in late to Welles'Mercury Theatre on the Air, missing the program's introduction announcing that it would be broadcasting an adaptation of H. G. Wells' The War of the Worlds. The innovative format, which featured news segments reporting a Martian invasion, was so convincing that it panicked the listening public and brought national attention to Welles.

Georges Gilles de la Tourette (1857)

Tourette syndrome is a rare neurological disease characterized by repetitive tics, movement disorders, uncontrolled grunts, and, occasionally, verbal obscenities. It is named for French neurologist Georges Gilles de la Tourette, who first described it in the 1880s. Apart from his clinical work, Tourette lectured on a variety of topics, including the medical and legal ramifications of mesmerism, now called hypnosis. In the 1890s, one of Tourette's former patients shot him in the head.

American Royal Livestock, Horse Show and Rodeo

Also known as the American Royal, or simply the Royal, this is the oldest, and one of the largest, livestock shows and rodeos in the United States, dating back to the period just after the Civil War. The main events occur in October and November. The American Royal Rodeo is the final rodeo of the season on the professional circuit, featuring over 700 professional riders and offering more than $100,000 in prize money. There are also livestock auctions, horse and livestock shows, country music concerts, barbecue competitions, and a parade through downtown Kansas City.

Electric Eels Curve Bodies to Heighten Their Shock Value

Electric eels can wield their zapping power in subtle and surprising ways. A new study finds that when dealing with struggling or hard-to-subdue prey, these eels bend their bodies into a horseshoe-like shape to more than double the voltage they deliver to their almost-meal.

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1873 - P T Barnum's circus, "Greatest Show on Earth", debuts (New York City)

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1894 - The time clock was patented by Daniel M. Cooper of Rochester, NY.

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1900 -First-ever US auto show opens in Madison Square Garden in NYC

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1944 - Martha Graham's ballet "Appalachian Spring" premiered at the Library of Congress. 

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1993 - Martin Fettman, America's first veterinarian in space, performed the world's first animal dissections in space, while aboard the space shuttle Columbia.

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1995 - David Bowie, Tom Donahue, Gladys Knight & The Pips, Pete Seeger, Jefferson Airplane, Little Willie John, Pink Floyd, The Shirelles and The Velvet Underground are inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame. 


If You Were Born Today, October 30

People are instinctively drawn to you, as you are an intriguing person who is sometimes intimidating without intending to be so. This is likely due to your ability to see through any given situation, and to read between the lines. You have very focused interests and you naturally and willingly work hard on something you believe in. While your interests are focused, your talents are many and varied. Your emotions, however, sometimes lead you astray. You are a passionate soul, and your wit is sparkling. Famous people born today: Harry Hamlin, Grace Slick, Henry Winkler, Ezra Pound, Charles Atlas, John Adams, Matthew Morrison, Nia Long.

Picture of the day
Kuchipudi is a Classical Indian dance from Andhra PradeshIndia. According to legend, an orphan named Siddhendra Yogi established the Kuchipudi dance-drama tradition in the seventh century. The performance usually begins with stage rites, after which each character comes onto the stage and introduces herself with a small composition of both song and dance. The drama then begins, and the dance is typically accompanied by Carnatic music.

Picture of wolf wading through lake water

Something’s Fishy

Photograph by Ian McAllister, Pacific Wild
Researcher Ian McAllister used an underwater housing to get this intimate portrait of a wolf wading through the intertidal zone on the British Columbia coast in Canada. This wolf took a break from eating herring roe to investigate the photographer’s half-submerged camera.

knit, halloween




knit, halloween
Halloween Fair Isle Scarf pattern by Siouxsie Stitches
This floor-dusting statement scarf is so spectacularly spooky that it can be worn in lieu of a costume, and the thick fair isle fabric is sure to keep you warm o...
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Crochet Egg Cozy Pattern pattern by Sarah Zimmerman
Vanna's Choice Solids, Heathers & Twists by Lion Brand Aran / 10 ply 100% Acrylic 170 yards / 100 grams average rating from 10447 votes 97040 project...
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CrockPot Roasted Pumpkin Seeds Recipe

Hey! You can roast pumpkin seeds in the crockpot - but that doesn't mean that you should. They take a really long time and are kind of a pain, and the end result is the same as it always has been for me when I make them in the oven: mixed. Some are good, some are burnt, and some are squishy. But, if you have 6 hours on your hands, and want to fool around with this, by all means---go for it.

The Ingredients.

--fresh pumpkin seeds
--1 1/2 T olive oil
--1 tsp salt (I really like Kosher salt, but table salt is fine. Sea Salt might be fun, too.)

The Directions.

I cut and gutted two pumpkins yesterday and they yielded about 2 1/2 cups of seeds.

I tried Elise's method of boiling the seeds first, and then simmering for 10 minutes. The idea is that the inner seed separates a bit from the outer shell resulting in a nice pop when you crunch them. I have issues with using the stove correctly (hence this crockpot thing) and probably over-cooked the seeds. They turned color.

After draining, I tossed the seeds into the crockpot ----I used a 6 quart----and added the olive oil and salt. I stirred well and turned it to high.

For six hours, stirring every hour or so.

And they probably could have gone on for longer, but I got annoyed.

The Verdict.

The kids like these. They munched on them all evening, and have requested a baggie packed in their lunches.I like about every third seed. Adam is being polite.

how cool does that look

CHILDREN'S CORNER ... carfts (2)


thanks, patty

"Rain makes me feel less alone. All rain is, is a cloud falling apart, and pouring its shattered pieces down on top of you. It makes me feel good to know I'm not the only thing that falls apart . It makes me feel better to know other things in nature can shatter.”
~  Alaskan Gypsy




Black Scorpion aims to change people’s perceptions by helping them realize that “freaks” are no different from anyone else.
Black Scorpion is the creative director, writer, and performer for 999 Eyes Freakshow but he also works at a news station in Austin, Texas, where he’s just known as Jason Black.
He has some very unique features (besides the bright pink bandit mask) … his hands and feet have only three fingers each. It’s called Ectrodactyly, also known as Lobster Claw syndrome.
"Lobster Claw Syndrome" is one of the things that make Jason Black unique!
“Lobster Claw Syndrome” is one of the things that make Jason unique!


Black Scorpion aims to change people’s perceptions by helping them realize that “freaks” are not different from any anyone else.
At Ripley’s Believe It or Not! we’re all about showing off and embracing your own uniqueness! That’s why we’re huge fans of Mr. Jason Black.
You’ll be seeing him featured in the book Reality Shock!


The team had the fantastic opportunity to meet The Black Scorpion and some of his performing friends in person.
We did a great photo shoot with them. Here are a few of our favorites pics, there’s even more in the book!
Black Scorpion Black ScorpionBlack_Scorpion_(92)Ectrodactyly is what makes Mr. Jason Black unique! Ectrodactyly is what makes Mr. Jason Black unique!Black_Scorpion_(119)"Lobster Claw Syndrome" is one of the things that make Jason Black unique! “Lobster Claw Syndrome” is one of the things that make Jason Black unique!Black_Scorpion_and_Tiger_Lady_(25)

"Welcome" in Greek [Hellenic] (Greece, Cyprus) - Kalos orisate

thanks, sheri
Shower Caps
Snag a couple of these from your hotel to store your shoes before putting them back in your suitcase. 


Literally Literary Corn Mazes: 2015 Round-Up

I think getting lost in a corn maze–that doesn’t have psychopaths wielding chainsaws–with a book and bag full of Halloween candy sounds like a perfect day. I’d pick a nice corner in the maze to sit and read a chapter while munching on some candy. Then I’d stretch and take a few turns, not really caring if I get lost or not, and sit for another chapter. Give me a selection of literary corn mazes to choose from and I may bring my sleeping bag to my favorite one and never leave.

This year Kruger’s Monster Mash Maze in Sauvie Island, Oregon, brings Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein and Bram Stoker’s Dracula to life–at least those are the books I’d read while jumping around inside Dracula’s teeth.
KrugersFarm Monster Maize 2015 aerial photo
Treinen Farm in Lodi, Wisconsin, chose Aesop’s Fables as their theme and created ‘The Fox and the Grapes’ Corn Maze as their giant maze and used ‘The Tortoise and the Hare’ for the children’s maze–let’s hope this doesn’t end with the fox eating the tortoise and the hare. I mean look at that smug face.
Treinen Farm Aesop's Fables Maze 2015
Go down the rabbit hole with Maze Craze in New Springfield, Ohio, who went with Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland for their theme this year.
Maze Craze Alice in Wonderland Corn Maze 2015
Maybe instead of there’s no place like home Fantozzi Farm in Patterson, California, wants you to think there’s no place like The Wizard of Oz maze–I think the Cowardly Lion would wait outside.
Fantozzi Farm The Wizard of Oz corn maze
Never grow up by visiting The Farmstead’s 2015 Peter Pan corn maze in Meridian, Idaho–hopefully Hook isn’t waiting around a corner.
The Farmstead's 2015 Peter Pan corn maze
Can’t get enough Alice? Mike’s Maze also went with the Wonderland theme and created Alice in Sunderland corn maze at Warner Farm in Sunderland, Massachusetts.
Alice in Sunderland Mike's Maze 2015

Diane TrickorTreatKids 2015

1 comment:

  1. I'm still wandering the mazes...corn and life ones both!