Holidays

The Creepiest Halloween Makeup

If Halloween means nothing more than candy, pumpkin carving and cute costumes of super heroes and princesses to you, you might want to skip this nightmare-inducing list of scary makeup ideas for the big night. If Halloween is your excuse to buy as much fake blood as possible and scare anyone who lives in the double digits, it might be just what you are looking for!

True Urban Legends

Urban legends have always been irresistible nuggets of life, reeling us all in with their promises of darkness and jump scares. Many urban legends have been made into media, from movies to TV shows like Supernatural, and the fringe stories that people used to share at parties grew into global phenomena shared over the Internet. But what about urban legends that ring of truth?

Krampus

It's a pre-Christian tradition, but Krampus is completely new to many people in the Western world, and the tradition is catching on like wildfire. Krampus parades, theme nights and celebrations are popping up across the U.S. Some areas are even enjoying Krampus-themed haunted houses at Christmastime!

Mari Lwyd

If you love dead horses, you're going to love this Welsh tradition. It's a wassailing folk custom where people use a horse skull dressed up in a sheet (complete with Christmas ornaments for eyes) to go door to door, singing for food and spirits. Yeah, it sounds pretty freaky to us, too, but what culture doesn't have freaky traditions? (The correct answer is Hobbit culture.)

New Year's Eve superstitions

So many of them!

Every culture around the world has superstitions for ringing in the new year. (Including the Chinese, although their calendar doesn't roll over until the lunar new year, which usually happens in late January or early February.) What all of these superstitions have in common is a belief that the things you do (or avoid doing) on the first day of the year set the pattern for all of the days that follow. 

Can you really retire on a cruise ship?

It's true, but would you really want to?

This is something that has been floating around on the Internet along with all the other crazy-ass chain mail email letters that your grandma forwards to you. I was reminded of it last night when I was watching a "King of the Hill" re-run, of all things. When Megalo-Mart buys out the organic food co-op, the co-op's butcher takes early retirement and reportedly buys a condo on a cruise ship.

But can you really retire to live on a cruise ship? It seems so plausible, and yet so unlikely. I am put in mind of another Fox show, a Simpsons episode from last season when Bart, seeing how much fun his family is having on their cruise ship vacation, engineers the vacation to last forever. It sounds fantastic on the face of it: imagine endless shrimp buffets! Exotic ports of call your whole entire life! So much better than being stuck in a boring old folk's home (excuse me, RETIREMENT COMMUNITY).
 
But as Bart discovered, retiring on a cruise ship may be a case of "be careful what you wish for."

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