Wacky Trivia Wednesday!

So I’ve noticed that on Wednesday’s, I tend to get a little goofy. It’s the halfway point of the week, Friday is over the horizon and in sight, and there is a faint celebratory mood. No matter how much you love your job, Friday is still something to look forward to. I’d like to think that wacky trivia Wednesday is also something to look forward to!

We love weird information at ReStockIt, and I love compiling it. Don’t judge; my useless knowledge of trivia has won me many a free item! There’s nothing like getting a pop trivia quiz at Starbucks and winning your Venti Pumpkin Spice Latte. Everyone knows that its fall when Starbucks brings back the Pumpkin Spice Latte…

In honor of October, and Halloween, I bring you some spookilicious trivia to commemorate! Enjoy!

  • Jack o’ Lanterns originated in Ireland where people placed candles in hollowed-out turnips and potatoes to keep away spirits and ghosts on Samhain holiday
  • Tootsie Rolls were the first wrapped penny candy in America (love me some Tootsie Rolls!)
  • The ancient Celts thought that spirits and demons roamed the countryside on Samhain. They began wearing masks to avoid being recognized as humans
  • There is actually a Count Dracula Society. It was formed in 1962 by Dr. Donald A. Reed.
  • The iconic Michael Meyers mask from the movie “Halloween” is just a mask of William Shatner from Star Trek painted white.
  • In the United States, the first citywide celebration was in Anoka Minnesota in 1921.
  • Orange and black are Halloween colors because orange is associated with the Fall harvest and black is associated with darkness and death.
  • Over $1.5 billion is spent on costumes each year and more than $2.5 billion on other Halloween paraphernalia (three people in particular here at ReStockIt contribute a hefty amount to that 2.5 billion).
  • Over 10% of pet owners dress their pets in Halloween costumes
  • Trick or treating had its roots in Europe. The custom known as “souling” dates back to the 9th century. On All Soul’s Day which is November 2nd, the poor would walk through the villages and go door to door begging for food. They would be given “soul cakes” which is a type of pastry made from bread and currants. They would promise to pray for dead relatives in return for receiving the “soul cakes”.

Happy Halloween everyone!

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