Mr. Smarty Pants
By R.U. Steinberg
NOVEMBER 2, 1998:
The Irish used to re-bury suspected vampire corpses face down so that they would
dig themselves to Hell.
The Halloween tradition of bobbing for apples originated with the Druids, who
would practice it as part of a divination technique. It was believed that if one
could successfully fetch an apple, they would be guaranteed a prosperous year.
The "mare" in the word "nightmare" doesn't refer to a horse
but rather to a spirit believed to sit on one's chest causing dreams.
The first person known to use Frankenstein as a surname was Knight Arbogast
Von Frankenstein, around the year 500. One theory is that the real "Dr. Frankenstein"
was Johann Konrad Dippel, born in 1673 at Castle Frankenstein. He fancied himself
an alchemist and did many bizarre experiments.
Some anthropologists believe that goose bumps are a result of human evolution
related to how people's hair stands on end when they are threatened.
The above is information which Mr. Smarty Pants read in a book, a magazine, or
the newspaper; heard on the radio; saw on television; or overheard at a party. Got
any facts? Write to Mr. Smarty Pants at firstname.lastname@example.org.