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"Trick or treat! Smell my feet. Give me something good to eat."
How did trick-or-treating start, anyhow?
The custom of Trick-or-treating has origins in the medieval practice of ‘souling’, when the poor would go door to door on November 1st, called Hallowmas or All Hallows Eve, to ask for food and prayers for the dead on the following day, All Souls Day.
The more recent custom of giving candy or treats originated in the idea that homeowners would do this to prevent mischief and pranks that were common on this night, hence the traditional saying “trick or treat”.
Holly Boston, Homepage Ninja
From where I’m sitting, this has been quite a memorable week. Same for you? We at Ask have the finger on the nation’s pulse, since everything that happens tends to show up as questions on our site. It’s really kind of cool to look at the world through questions.
Well, first we started the week off with the latest gay celebrity to come out, Zachary Quinto. We’re proud of him, and updated our official answer to the popular question:
Is Zachary Quinto gay? (by the way, did you notice how some other sites are still unsure?)
Then, of course the infamous Harold Camping made a new prediction for the end of the world. Which is today. Cross fingers! We did pay him a little tribute, with all due non-seriosity:
Yesterday, the Hayward Fault under Oakland, where Ask is headquartered, started shaking. Nobody was hurt, but we all asked ourselves: Can we predict earthquakes?
But the week (assuming the world isn’t actually ending today) otherwise finished on two high notes from the Middle East! Firstly, the 40 year dictatorship of Gadhafi finally comes to an inglorious end. But even more exciting, President Obama announced that he’s bringing our troops home from Iraq for the holidays.
And so here’s my personal favorite newly revised answer of the week:
Lastly, of course, we’re getting close to Halloween and, boy, do we get a lot of Halloween questions. Here are some of my favorites from the Q&A Community:
Actually, for that last one, I have a great answer from our wonderful celebrity Halloween expert Elvira, Mistress of the Dark. Check it out:
Robbie Waeschenfelder, Director, Marketing