October 31, 2012
The Irish created the first Jack-o-lanterns. On All-Hallow’s eve, they hollowed-out turnips, rutabagas, and beets. They placed candles inside and left them on the doorstep to ward off evil spirits.
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I blog every Monday, Wednesday and Friday about the intersection of history and science. My favorite topics are the history of sanitation, funky fashions, and insects.