Saturday, October 31, 2009

...Halloween fall back

Boo! It is grey and macabre here in Chester County, PA this morning. My black cat went outside and gave a nice cry to the still sleeping neighborhood. Daylight Savings Time begins at 2 a.m. tomorrow morning as today would not have made much of a difference. Daylight saving time is the practice of advancing clocks so that afternoons have more daylight and mornings have less. Typically clocks are adjusted forward one hour near the start of spring and are adjusted backward in autumn. Modern DST was first proposed in 1895 by George Vernon Hudson, a New Zealand entomologist, one who apparently suffered from insomnia and was a sadist. On a more positive note, Daylight Savings Time allows night owls to enjoy some extra time at Halloween parties or for the kids to enjoy an “extra” hour of sleep after a long night of trick-or-treating.This one-hour fallback on the clock lasts until March 14, 2010, when clocks are scheduled to jump ahead an hour. But let's get back to the macabre. On this day in 1926 magician Harry Houdini died of gangrene and peritonitis that developed after his appendix ruptured.In 1993, 25 people were killed during a Ghana-Ivory Coast soccer match, in 1963 a leaking propane gas tank exploded, killing 64 people at "Holiday on Ice" in Indiana, in 1960 a cyclone hit the Gulf of Bengal killing about 10,000 people and in 1918 the Spanish flu-virus killed 21,000 people in the U.S. In reality tho', the name is actually a shortened version of "All Hallows' Even," the eve of All Hallows' Day. "Hallow" is an Old English word for "holy person," and All Hallows' Day is simply another name for All Saints' Day, the day Catholics commemorate all the saints. At some point, people began referring to All Hallows' Even as "Hallowe'en" and then simply "Halloween." Have a great day, an even better night and enjoy this Halloween. You never know if it's going to be your last! Bahahahaha! Today's photo is a severed arm that has been sewn back on. Pleasant dreams!
"It's as much fun to scare as to be scared." Vincent Price