Happy Hallowe'en 2013! If the Obamacare rollout wasn't scary enough for you, try cringing at some of these links.
First, a trailer for the one horror movie I might actually go see:
Next, The Week offers 4 possible scientific explanations for ghosts:
A recent HuffPost/YouGov poll showed that a startling 45 percent of all Americans consider ghosts to be real.
Perhaps they're right! Perhaps there's something more to specters than lazy Halloween costumes and Paranormal Activity. There are, however, at least a few perfectly logical explanations behind people's supposed run-ins with poltergeists.
One of their explanations is the phenomenon known as "infrasound." For more on infrasound, you can read this article:
- Infrasound is usually inaudible, but it does affect the human body. It can cause nausea, anxiety and chills. Some researchers think infrasound might affect vision by causing vibrations of the eyeball.
- Researchers have theorized that a portion of the population is hypersensitive to infrasound.
- Infrasound can be generated naturally by avalanches, earthquakes and severe weather. It can also result from man-made sources such as diesel engines and sonic booms.
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And now, applying yet more science to superstition- Dracula, Angel and Edward had better shop for sunlgasses because Transylvania is about to get a massive solar power upgrade!
Transylvania County, North Carolina, that is:
...Transylvania County has great potential for solar development, the president of a renewable energy company told a group of environmentalists Thursday....
"There's no reason we couldn't build 100 megawatts (of solar energy production) in this community,” said Banker...
...buildings, such as the Transylvania County Public Library and Blue Ridge Community College's local campus, have enough roof space to support as much as half a megawatt apiece, he said. Banker said that's enough to power those places and then some.
And from The Atlantic, a story about a North Dakota woman applying nutritional science to trick-or-treating:
An outspoken woman in North Dakota told a local news station that she will be distributing the following note to overweight trick-or-treaters tomorrow evening.
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If you've had enough of scientific fact and have an appetite for fiction, check out The Week's offering of 9 Contemporary Horror Stories, featuring works by Harlan Ellison and Joyce Carol Oates.
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And what holiday would be complete without a fun new recipe from Sydney at The Crepes of Wrath?
I had to do something with the two bags of Reeses peanut butter cups that I bought, as those are an even bigger weakness of both Kramer and myself and we would have slowly, but surely, devoured both bags without even realizing it. I figured I would do something simple, so a peanut butter blondie was born with plenty of roughly chopped Reeses folded into the batter -
The recipe is here.
Happy Hallowe'en, everybody! Have fun ghost-hunting and trick-or-treating. We'll leave the light on for ya':
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