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Is a pumpkin a fruit or veggie??
Fruit 100%  100%  [ 2 ]
Veggie 0%  0%  [ 0 ]
Neither 0%  0%  [ 0 ]
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 Post subject: Jack-o-lantern
PostPosted: Mon Sep 28, 2009 7:56 pm 
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For centuries people have been making Jack-o-Lanterns at Halloween, so where did it all begin?? Take a trip back to ancient Ireland and you’ll find an Irish myth about a man named “Stingy Jack (Stin-gee Jack)”. As the story goes, Jack, a miserable drunk who loved playing tricks on everyone, ran into the devil one Halloween night at a local bar. “Stingy” Jack offered the devil his soul for one last drink, thus convincing the devil to turn himself into sixpence that Jack could use to buy the drinks. After the devil changed into the sixpence, Jack quickly put the coin in his pocket next to a silver cross, which in turn prevented the devil from changing back to his original form. Eventually, Jack did free the devil under the condition he would not bother him for one year and if Jack were to die, the devil would not claim his soul.

The following year, Jack again tricked the devil. This time he was fooled into climbing a tree to pick a piece of fruit (apple). While the devil was in the tree, Jack carved a sign of a cross into the tree trunk so the devil could not come down. Jack made the devil promise not to bother him for 10 more years. It was a few years after this that Jack did in fact die.

God would not allow Jack into heaven because of his deceitful ways. The devil was still upset about the tricks Jack played on him and would not allow Jack into hell. The devil sent Jack off into the windy, very dark night with a single burning coal straight from the fires of hell to light his way. Jack put the coal in a carved out turnip (his favorite food) and has reportedly been roaming the earth ever since. The Irish refer to this ‘ghost of Jack’ as “Jack of the Lantern” or “Jack-o-Lantern”.

Irish and Scottish folk began making their own versions of Jack-o-Lanterns by carving scary faces into potatoes and turnips. They would place them in windows and near doors to frighten away evil spirits and Stingy Jack. In England large beets were used in place of turnips and potatoes. When immigrants came from these areas to the US the tradition followed, however in the US the pumpkin was more plentiful, thus making it the perfect Jack-o-Lantern.

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