Radiation Level: Orange – High Alert
Listening To: Thriller by Michael Jackson
Heya! FalloutGirl is going to be a contributing to a NEW blog called Los Angeles: FAIL. I’m playing with a posting-style we’re calling “Chain Reaction” where I start with a meme and go from there. Here’s the first one.
I was listening to NPR’s The World on KCRW today. An American man, currently living in Belguim, described his 4 1/2 year old daughter’s Halloween experience in Brussels. She wanted to dress up as a fairy princess-ballerina. Unsure of her school’s costume policy, he emailed her school’s headmaster. The headmaster replied that while Americans enjoyed Halloween, Belgians think it is “macabre and unpleasant”.
Yes, and that’s the point. But why are skulls and ghosts and tombstones so much darn fun?
According to Wikipedia, Halloween is linked to the Celtic festival of Samhain, whose original spelling was Samuin (pronounced sow-an or sow-in)” The ancient Celts believed that the border between this world and the Otherworld became thin on Samhain, allowing spirits (both harmless and harmful) to pass through. The family’s ancestors were honored and invited home while harmful spirits were warded off. It is believed that the need to ward off harmful spirits led to the wearing of costumes and masks.
–> COSTUME PARTY WITH RICHARD SIMMONS
After KodakGirl brought me to my first RS Sweatin’ to the Oldies class, I’ve been going every Saturday. GiggleGirl came with me this morning and, as her name indicates, thought it was hilarious. Today for Halloween, people totally dressed up in costumes and masks! Sweating in thick make-up or a wig sounds nasty to me, but people did it. It was a blast. . Costumes were pretty genteel, however. The winner got $100 for being dressed as a tiger. Surprising, since vampires and ghoulies are all the rage.
–> DO GHOSTS HAVE RIGHTS?
On a recent episode of Paranormal State http://www.aetv.com/paranormal-state/about/ , the ever-so-foxy Ryan Buell and the gang investigated a haunted former-prison that held slaves captive in the 18th and 19th centuries. A local anthropologist approached Ryan, repremanding him for agitating the spirits in the prison and said he should not be provoking them. Apparently, the anthropologist thought it was the right of the spirit to be left alone.
Ryan did a mea culpa and apologized to the spirits directly and seemed to feel truly regretful. The politically correct move to be sure, but SERIOUSLY? If ghosts do exist in the material world, aren’t they, at the very least, trespassing? I recently heard a quote about humans not being a body with a soul, but rather humans are a soul with a body. If that’s true, bodies live here on earth. When the soul no longer has a body, then what? Is there room for everyone?
–> THOSE EFFICIENT GERMANS
This reminds me of the fact that in Germany, while they bury their dead like most cultures, a person is only allowed a grave for 50 years. After that, they pull you out and replace you with someone more newly dead. Everybody gets their turn. And they never run out of space.
–> SAVED BY THE BELL
During the cholera epidemics in the 18th and 19th centuries, many people were buried alive. Without death technology, determining death wasn’t always so easy. So “safety coffins” were created. Many had strings tied to the (hopefully) deceased’s finger which was attached to a bell on top of the grave. If the person was alive and woke up inside the coffin, they could ring the bell and be dug up.
–> STAR CROSS’D LOVERS
Romeo could have also used some death technology. His means of determining whether or not Juliet was alive was to hold a mirror under her nose and see if her breath steamed the glass. Well, we all know how well that worked out.
–> IT GIRL
If I had to dress up for a party, I would totally go as Snooki from the Jersey Shore. I have this long black wig I used when I played Elektra (not the Sophocles version, my sketch comedy version). Hmmm…What about the ancient Greek version of Snooki? Now there’s a play!
Everyone’s seen Snooki and that famous bump. I’ve always thought that making out with her would be like kissing a marshmallow peep – all mushy soft and sugary. EW! But what’s it like to be 23-years-old and know that you are the most popular Halloween costume of the year? Ellen DeGeneres went as the pouf itself!
God, I love America. And Halloween.
And that’s today’s CHAIN REACTION.