On Sunday, the Science Channel in the US announced that it would not be airing a planned three-hour "Punkin Chunkin" special after an exploding air cannon injured two people, including a video producer who was hospitalized in critical condition.
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Everyone in your neighbourhood is going to have a pumpkin carved with a goofy face sitting on their porches. Booooring. If you want to decorate for Halloween with something a little more original, why not turn your jack-o'-lantern into a working animated zoetrope and really wow all the kids stopping by to beg for free candy.
The internet's chock full of wonderful ways to carve a Halloween pumpkin every year, but few can hold a glowing candle to what the scientists, engineers, and researchers at NASA's Jet Propulsion Lab come up with. Every year the lab holds a pumpkin-carving competition and the results, and the carving techniques, are exactly what you'd expect from the geniuses who landed the rovers on Mars.
The wonderful world of genetic engineering has given us gargantuan pumpkins the size of compact cars. But don't think it's going to stop there. In addition to spreading Halloween cheer and giving local evening news something to cover, giant pumpkins could eventually be grown to the size of a house and used as a cheap and temporary place for someone to live.
The name "Jack O' Lantern" was originally one of the numerous names given to ignis fatuus (Medieval Latin for "foolish fire"), another of which is "Will O' the Wisps", basically the odd light that can occasionally be seen over marshes, swamps, and the like. "Jack O' Lantern" first popped up being used this way around the mid-17th century in East Anglia, UK and spread from there through parts of England, Ireland and Scotland.
When you're too old to go trick-or-treating, and don't have any kids to go on your behalf, Halloween stops being as fun as it was when you were young. But don't worry — there are still plenty of ways to bring a little grownup fun back to October 31. For example, carving a pumpkin is considerably more awesome when you add some light explosives into the mix.
Everybody knows that everything is much more impressive when you add fire to it. Especially Halloween decorations. If you want to add some burning heat to your haunted house and/or burn some costumes off, watch this video that shows you how to make a flaming pumpkin. It's really easy. Like shockingly easy.