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Happy Halloween 2013, Mad Art Lab!

My Jack O’ Lantern: The Invisible Pink Unicorn symbol

I thought I’d bring a little bit of Halloween to the lab today. Our family loves Halloween; for us, it’s something we all participate in and enjoy. I will reveal our costumes from this year in a future post.

Today, I wanted to share the pumpkins our family carved into Jack-O-Lanterns.

For a nice bit of history, visit the “Why Do We Carve Pumpkins on Halloween?” page over in the Urban Legends section at Some interesting tidbits from the page include:

  • – Jack O’ Lantern means “man with a lantern”, which refers to the night watchmen that would keep a lookout in the 17th century
  • – Jack O’ Lantern is also a sobriquet for the strange, natural occurrence ignis fatuus (fool’s fire) or “will o’ the wisp” . (On a side note: This phenomenon has a rich history, for sure, and is the topic of many a folklore. Today most scientists agree that ignes fatui are caused by the oxidation of phosphine (PH3), diphosphane (P2H4), and methane (CH4) , which create an atmospheric light that usually transpires over bogs, swamps or marshes.)
  • – People of yesteryear originally carved turnips!


Scroll farther down the page to view all of our Jack O’ Lanterns.

Rob paid homage to the Flying Spaghetti Monster by carving a pirate
Scout carved something truly horrifying and 100% real (unlike ghosts): an angler fish
Briar created a mouse, which on the surface seems cute, but let’s see how terrified you’d be if you found one in your pantry
Jude went the more traditional route, but with a twist: 3 eyes instead of two
ZoĆ« created “Meta-Jack”: a picture of a Jack O’ Lantern carved into a Jack O’ Lantern

Happy Halloween, all of you boo-tiful people!

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