Morton, Illinois holds the lofty title of “Pumpkin Capital of the World.”  It is there where 85% of the world’s canned pumpkin is produced, and the annual Morton Pumpkin Festival is celebrated in honor of that achievement.

Thanks to exponential mathematics, if one zombie bit a new person every day, then the entire world would be nothing but zombies in just over a month.  That would be horrible.

Despite his bloody reputation, Dracula inspiration Vlad the Impaler is considered a hero in his native Transylvania.  His somewhat uncouth tactics helped to preserve his land against a much larger invading force, which is why he kept the stakes so high.

nathan-riley-289990Black cats are not a sign of bad luck everywhere.  In England (except Yorkshire), it’s good luck to have a black cat cross your path.  In Scotland, a black cat arriving unexpectedly at your doorstep is an omen of good fortune.  In Japan, black cats are particularly good luck for single women, as they’re believed to attract potential boyfriends.  Mice and small birds universally consider all cats bad luck, however.

Despite what the ending of the movie would have you believe, the house where Poltergeist (1982) took place still stands today.  People who presumably haven’t seen the movie currently live there.

In the movie Cujo (1983), five St. Bernards, one mechanical dog head, a man in a dog costume, and even a rottweiler worked together to portray the titular rabid pup.  One of the St. Bernards’ trainers would later go on to redeem the breed’s image in the cutesy movie Beethoven (1992).

Belgium currently holds the world record for world’s largest pumpkin.  Mathias Willemijns grew the 2,624.6 pound monstrosity in 2016, winning the Giant Pumpkin European Championship in Ludwigsburg, Germany.  Mathias’ pumpkin weighed over 100 pounds more than the previous record holder.

The smallest bat in the world is Kitti’s hog-nosed bat, which is just over one inch long and weighs less than a tenth of an ounce.  The biggest bat in the world is the giant golden-crowned flying fox, a fruit eating brute with a five and a half foot wingspan.  The finest bat in the world is the Louisville Slugger.  We expect an advertising deal in consideration of this generous endorsement.

Japanese folklore has a particularly unsavory monster called the Ashiaraiyashiki.  It is a giant, filthy, disembodied foot that will demand to be washed upon intruding in your home.  If denied, it will wreck everything in your house.  Washing it right away is advisable.

Mary Shelley published Frankenstein: or, The Modern Prometheus when she was only 21 years of age.  The idea for the book came to her in a dream.

dbf73442ca0dd63d7d9bdecff869d028--michael-myers-mask-halloween-masks.jpgThe mask worn by Michael Myers in Halloween (1978) is actually a recycled Captain James T. Kirk mask which was purchased for around two dollars.  The iconic hockey mask worn by Jason Voorhees didn’t appear until the third installment of the Friday the 13th franchise.  Actor Doug Bradley was dismayed when he was ignored by his castmates at the Hellraiser (1987) wrap party — until he realized that none of them recognized him without his Pinhead makeup.

A gargoyle can only be designated as such if it is a functional piece of ornamentation that directs water away from a building.  A statue that appears to be a gargoyle but only serves a decorative purpose is called a grotesque.

If you gathered all the spiders on earth and weighed them together, they would tip the scale at 29 million tons.  Anywhere you did this would be designated a no-fly zone.


By David Scheller