Why Do We Carve Pumpkins Around Halloween?

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Remember when you were a kid, and everyone told you your special they were right? You me and everyone alive on earth. Today are the most special group of humans who've ever lived. We're the ones who will have to save the human race from extinction. I'm stephie should knows. Josh clark. Join me for the end of the world the ten part podcast series. That looks at the existential threats that are coming our way. If you Manitou come together like we never have before we might just be able to survive the end of the world with Josh Clark coming to the iheartradio app. Apple podcasts. Google play music Spotify, Stitcher or wherever you get your podcasts. And look for hashtag e OT w Josh Clark on social. Welcome to bring stuff from how stuff works. Hey, rain stuff. Lauren Boko bomb here traditions have always played a big part in what defines any holiday, but how weans traditions are some of my favorites, the costumes the trick or treaters the horror flicks in the Macab decor, including Jack lanterns grinning and glowing next to front doors all across America like most folklore the history of the Jack lantern varies a bit. Depending on who's telling the story, but all stories involve a clever drunkard who pulls one over on the devil legend has it in seventeenth or eighteenth century Ireland a foul mouthed and disreputable Nizer named stingy Jack asked the devil to go have a drink with him. Jack was the generic name for the common man at the time. Hence jack-of-all-trades every man, Jack, Jack the ripper at cetera but back to stingy Jack and his request for a drink the devil obliged. And when the Bill came there was that awkward moment that we're also familiar with Jack expected, the devil to take care of things and the devil thought. Jack should pony up seeing how Jack had no money anyway, he can. Vinced the devil to turn himself into a sixpence coin to pay the Bill the devil fell for it. Injects skipped on the Bill, but slipped the coin into his pocket where he had a secret weapon a silver cross the devil was stuck in Jack's pocket trapped by the cross. But Jack struck a deal and let the devil. Go provided the devil wouldn't come after Jack for a period of one year or ten years, depending on who you ask the devil had no choice, but to agree Jack took out the coin and the devil returns to his normal form and went on his not so merry way. At the end of the agreed upon timeframe the devil found Jack for a little payback. But somehow Jack convinced him to climb a tree in search of an apple Jack before they set off for hell the horned one. Once again obliged only to see Jack carve cross into the trunk leaving the beast stranded. Again, Jack had a sites on a higher prize this time, he said, let the devil down only if he promised to never claim Jack soul for hell. The devil had nothing to do. But agree when Jack died Saint Peter rejected him at the pearly. Gates because of his suspect credentials, the devil, wouldn't and couldn't let Jack into hell. They're agreement at the tree in the end the devil gave Jack Olympic burning coal to light has way through purgatory. Jack carried the coal inside of a hollowed out turnip Irish families told the tale and began to put carved out turnips their windows to prevent stingy, Jack and other ghouls from entering the home. Some had scary faces carved into them to frighten such ghosts away. The tail spread to Scotland in England where folks might use potatoes or beets when those families immigrated to America, they realized that the pumpkin native to the area was more ideal for carving, and that is why you see Jack lanterns unfortunate around Halloween. Episode was written by Emily, Senna, Bogan and produced by Tyler clang, her Moyen this and lots of other glowing topics. Visit our home planet. How stuff works dot com. Father is Keith hunter just Persson. He's known as the happy face serial killer. On one side of the coin is a loving family, man. And then on the other side of the coin he is everything that could hurt you. He goes from protected or predator. Have you face a new series from house to forks new episodes out every Friday on apple podcasts or wherever you get gassed?

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