In 1881 conservative MP Sir William Payne-Gallwey died as the result of severe internal injuries sustained after falling upon a turnip en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sir…
Long before pumpkin carving became popular, Celtic people in Ireland were carving turnips and lighting them with embers, to ward off evil spirits. This Celtic custom is the historical root of Halloween pumpkin carving. pumpkinnook.com/halloween…
Today I learned of Jarramplas. A yearly festival in a small village in Spain where they pelt a man in a monster costume with tons of turnips. The origin of this festival is unknown. atlasobscura.com/articles…
The term jack-o-lantern is derived from the 17th century Irish myth of the drunkard/cheat Stingy Jack. Jack(refused entry to both heaven & hell) roamed purgatory with an ember from hell in a turnip lantern. Original jack-o-lanterns were lit veggies w/ demon faces placed outside to scare off Jack thecanadianencyclopedia.c…
When Mark Twain started learning German, he noted humourously "In German, a young lady has no sex, while a turnip has. Think what overwrought reverence that shows for the turnip, and what callous disrespect for the girl." kombu.de/twain-2.htm
Jack-O-Lanterns are based on Irish folklore and were originally carved from turnips wikipedia.org/wiki/Jack-o…
Turnips Are a Cruciferous Vegetable Like Cabbage, Kale and Broccoli lpi.oregonstate.edu/mic/f…
Jack O'Lanterns got their name from the myth about Jack who tricked the devil into not claiming his soul, however he was also denied entrance to heaven. The devil gave Jack one burning piece of coal that he carried in a carved out turnip as he roamed the earth for eternity. history.com/topics/hallow…
The first jack-o-lanterns were made out of turnips and beets rather than pumpkins. pumpkinnook.com/facts/jac…
Turnips, cabbage, kale, cauliflower, broccoli, Brussel sprouts are all parts of the Mustard family. youtu.be/E1mMgwp7iaE
A study has shown that purple turnip juice (a traditional Turkish beverage) reduces effects of a high-carbohydrate high-fat diet (in rats) en.wikipedia.org/wiki/%C5…
During Celtic-era 'Halloween' in Ireland, turnips would be carved and used as lanterns, which gave rise to our modern practice of carving jack-o-lanterns. modernfarmer.com/2016/10/…
Jack-o-Lanterns were originally made out of turnips & mangelwurzels (field beets) en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jac…
The original Jack-o'-lantern was a turnip in the 19th century, before Halloween spread to the English. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hal…
In 1995, Krystof Azninski died after he got drunk, naked, hit his friends with frozen turnips, then cut off his own head with a chainsaw - all to prove his superior masculinity oddee.com/item_96982.aspx
Original Jack-o'-Lanterns were made from Turnips atlasobscura.com/articles…
Radish, arugula, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, turnip, cabbage, and horseradish are all part of the mustard family. britannica.com/plant/Bras…
The Scots and Irish carve jack-o-lanterns from turnips (rutabagas) which look much scarier than the USA's pumpkins. Very skullish indeed.
Today I learned that the names of the otters at the National Zoo are Chowder, Clementine, Pork Chop, Pickles, Saffron, Olive, Peaches, Turnip, Radish, and ... Kevin. nationalzoo.si.edu/Animal…
People originally carved faces in turnips, until we discovered pumpkins in the new world, which are a lot easier to carve en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pum…
The world's smallest book, "Teeny Ted from Turnip Town", is 100x70 micrometers in size and requires a scanning electron microscope to read, as light beams are too large. huffingtonpost.com/2012/0…
During WWII, bananas were rationed in England and β€œMock bananas,” made from boiled turnips, sugar and banana flavoring, were a popular substitute. communitytable.parade.com…
On the Isle of Man children sing songs and carry lanterns made from turnips, while adults try to predict the future using ashes from the fire on 31 October during a festival called Hop-tu-Naa en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hop…
A rutabaga is another word for a Swedish Turnip (AKA a swede or neep) taken the old Swedish word "rotabagge", taken from root & short. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rut…
Jack-o'-lanterns were once made out of turnips, beets, and potatoes... not pumpkins. history.com/topics/hallow…
Originally Halloween lanterns were made from turnip (Rutabaga) not pumpkin en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rut…
Today I learned of the world's smallest book, Teeny Ted from Turnip Town. It requires a scanning electron microscope to read. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tee…
Jack-o'-lanterns were once made out of turnips and beets. Not pumpkins. boldlist.net/top-5-things…
A serial killer named Albert Fish admitted to his gruesome cannibalistic acts in the early 1900s stating "I made a stew out of his ears, nose, pieces of his face and belly. I put onions, carrots, turnips, celery, salt and pepper. It was good." listverse.com/2007/08/22/…
The term 'Jack O' Lantern' was originally a nickname for strange lights seen over peat bogs in the 1600s, which many mistook to be ghosts or fairies. It wasn't until people started carving turnips in the 1800s that the term got its modern meaning. blog.dictionary.com/jack-…
The names of the small-clawed otters at the National Zoo are Chowder, Clementine, Rutabega, Pork Chop, Pickles, Saffron, Olive, Peaches, Turnip, Radish...and Kevin. huffingtonpost.com/2012/0…
During the winter of 1916/1917 (the infamous "Turnip Winter") 80,000 German children died of starvation. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tur…
Jack O Lanterns originated in Ireland and were made from turnips or similar root vegetables. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jac…
Snoop Dogg once made a request video asking for the help of a Welsh farmer (world record holder for growing the worlds largest turnip) to see if he could get some tips on growing another kind of 'vegetable' gawker.com/5849731/snoop-…
NASA plans to send / put seedlings of Arabidopsis (a minimalist plant), besides basil & turnip on the Moon next year and on Mars by 2020 in order to make them more human-life supportable. nasa.gov/centers/ames/cct…
The tradition of Jack-o-Lantern carving actually began with turnips in Ireland --- It was only because of immigrants to North America that the pumpkin was adopted, being native, much larger and readily available. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jac…
Turnips used to be carved instead of Pumpkins and Gourds thousands of years before that. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jac…
The Turnip Prize - A satirical spoof of the recognised Turner Prize for British artists. The prize rewards deliberately bad art en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tur…
Turnips were originally used for Jack-o'-lanterns en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jac…
At the coronation of George I of Great Britain, a spectator in the crowd was arrested for brandishing a turnip on a stick. That was an insult because according to people who supported the exiled Stuarts, Hannover, from where George originated, was good enough only for growing vegetables. royalcentral.co.uk/blogs/…
People used to make "turnip lanterns" for Halloween until the custom moved to North America, where pumpkins were first used. blog.dictionary.com/jack-…
The first jack-o'-lanterns were made from turnips instead of pumpkins. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jac…
Rutabegas are actually a cross between a turnip and a cabbage hort.purdue.edu/newcrop/a…
The worlds smallest book 'Teeny Ted from Turnip Town' requires an electron microscope to read it. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tee…
The Irish roots of why pumpkins are used at Hallowe'en, and that they were originally turnips! abandonedireland.com/Hall…

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