Episode #590

News Items

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              • Science or Fiction

                • Item #1 Science

                  The modern tradition of “trick or treat” evolved out of older traditions of singing and dancing, or even praying for the dead, in exchange for treats. http://www.history.com/topics/halloween/history-of-halloween

                • Item #2 Fiction

                  It is illegal in several states of the US for shelters to sell all back cats around Halloween for fear they will be sacrificed in rituals. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/10/24/halloween-weird-facts_n_5948456.html

                • Item #3 Science

                  The LD50 of sucrose is 29.7 g/kg, which translates to 1,627 pieces of candy corn for an 82kg (180 pound) adult. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RNOycTzN-fg&feature=youtu.be

                • Item #4 Science

                  Halloween originated as the Celtic festival of Samhain (sow-in), which celebrated the end of the year and the beginning of the long winter. http://www.history.com/topics/halloween/history-of-halloween

                Skeptical Quote of the Week

                ‘People are often more willing to believe lies than the truth. Lies can be made to sound pleasant. The truth, by its very nature, isn’t always so attractive.’ Richard Rahl. From Terry Goodkind’s The Third Kingdom. The Sword of Truth is a series of seventeen epic fantasy novels written by Terry Goodkind.