Each week, we highlight stories from our newsfeed on Prismatic. No account is required to see what we think is worth reading, so visit our profile often! We update it daily so there is usually something new to check out. Here is a sample of what we liked this week:
Why do we go Trick-or-Treating on Halloween? - from Mental_Floss
Historians link trick-or-treating to a few different ancestors, some old and some new. One is the Celtic festival of Samhain, which marked the transition to the new year, and the end of the harvest and beginning of the winter. The ancient Celts believed that during this short window (October 31 to November 2 in our modern calendar), the realms of the living and the dead overlapped and that spirits both good and bad could walk among the living. To confuse and ward off the evil spirits, the Celts would sometimes impersonate them with costumes of white clothing and masks or blackface. If they encountered a spirit during the feast, the costumed Celts would be mistaken for spirits and left alone.
75 Years Ago, 'War Of The Worlds' Started A Panic; Or Did It? - from NPR
We interrupt this blog to bring you a special bulletin:
Martians have invaded New Jersey!
OK, as far as we know that hasn't happened.
But we wanted to issue that faux alert because 75 years ago tonight, as our friend Korva Coleman pointed out on the NPR Newscast, Orson Welles and his troupe of radio actors interrupted the Columbia Broadcasting System's programming to "report" that our planet had been invaded.
Halloween, Ghosts and… Christianity? - from Her View from Home
In May of 2010, I decided it was time to take a much-needed break after my first year of ministry work and took off for Philadelphia to go visit my long-time friend, Lisa. As I clamored into the backseat of her husband’s SUV and got comfortable after my flight for the hour drive back to their house, we started listing off all the things that there were to do in Philadelphia. There were the typical things… the Liberty Bell, eating a Philly Cheese Steak, Independence Hall, museums… and of course, taking Ghost Tours, like out at the Eastern State Penitentiary, or going down to Gettysburg Seminary – yes, you heard me right, a haunted seminary. When I stated that hey, those ghost tours sounded cool, Lisa’s husband turned in his seat, gave me an odd look, and went, “You don’t really believe in ghosts and stuff, do you? You’re like… a pastor! You’re not supposed to believe in that kind of thing!”
Docs to parents: Limit kids' texts, tweets, online - from Yahoo News
Doctors 2 parents: Limit kids' tweeting, texting & keep smartphones, laptops out of bedrooms. #goodluckwiththat.
The recommendations are bound to prompt eye-rolling and LOLs from many teens but an influential pediatricians group says parents need to know that unrestricted media use can have serious consequences.
Let us know which articles you liked (or didn't) in the comments!