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Origin of Candy: M&Ms

Not to be confused with the rapper, M&Ms are among the most beloved, cherished, and historic of American candies. Named after Mars and Murrie, the surnames of Mars Company’s founders, M&Ms were first patented in March 3, 1941. Forrest Mars, Sr., got the idea during the Spanish Civil War, when he saw soldiers eating chocolate pellets with hard tempered chocolate shells. When production of M&Ms began in 1941, Bruce Murrie, the son of Hershey’s Chocolate president William F.R. Murrie, had 20% interest in the product. This deal was formed because Hershey controlled the chocolate rations during World War II. There were only five colors: red, yellow, brown, green, and violet. We offer all of these M&M candies as Halloween costumes.


Quick Facts:

  • During World War II, M&Ms were made and sold exclusively for soldiers.
  • In 1950, the first black M was printed on the candies. The coloring was changed to white in 1954.

    These are my least favorite candy mascots.

  • In 1954, Peanut M&Ms were first created, and only produced in the color tan. Yellow, red, and green colors were not added until 1960.
  • In 1976, red M&Ms were removed due to health concerns involving amaranth, one of the core ingredients in the red dye, which was a suspected carcinogen. They were replaced with the orange-colored M&Ms.
  • Red M&Ms returned later, containing Allura Red AC within the dye. Europe recommends that Allura Red AC not to be consumed by children. Allura Red AC is banned in Denmark, Belgium, France, Germany, Switzerland, Sweden, Austria, and Norway.
  • M&Ms went to space for the first time in 1982, and have since been part of all missions.
  • In 1990, M&Ms held an exhibit at New York’s Erie County Fair, where they stuck 66,000 M&Ms to a fiberglass cow. Each candy was placed by hand, with the M facing outward. This was the first ever decorated bovine, and it appeared in the New York Post, UPI, WABC-TV, and Live with Regis.
  • Peanut Butter M&Ms were released in 1991.
  • M&Ms Minis were introduced in 1996. They were smaller candies, normally sold inside of plastic tubes. A video game, M&Ms: The Lost Formulas, was released in September 28, 2000, and it was based on the M&Ms Minis line.
  • M&Ms became the official chocolate of NASCAR in 2006.
  • All-green M&Ms packages were released during the 2008 Valentine’s Day season. These packages were based on the urban folklore of green M&Ms being an aphrodisiac. They were brought back in 2009.
  • A 2009 study showed that a dye similar to that of the blue M&Ms holds benefits in helping paralyzed rats walk again.
  • In 2010, M&Ms released the Bare All line, which featured normal chocolate M&Ms without shells.

Color changes for M&M candies.

Double Feature: Brain-Eating Amoeba and Exorcist Schoolgirls

That’s right today’s informational, and always creepy, article is a double feature! Rather than give you the usual information about a single story, you get the grace of two separate, yet equally bizarre, stories. If you were going to do some Halloween costumes shopping, wait some time and feed your mind. So let’s not waste anymore time or words and get right to the good stuff. First up, the brain-eating amoeba.

Naegleria fowleri

On August 17th, Naegleria fowleri, or the brain-eating amoeba, claimed its second American victim this month. Christian Strickland, a 9-year-old, contracted an infection after enjoying some time at a fishing camp in Virginia, then passed away due to meningitis.

Naegleria fowleri is a parasite found in warm, stagnant water, such as freshwater lakes, ponds, and rivers. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, [Naegleria fowleri] enters nasal passages…and migrates to the olfactory nerves, eventually invading the brain. The parasite always causes meningitis, and the symptoms often include fever, nausea, stiff neck, and a front headache.

Blah, blah, blah, science.

The mortality rate for individuals affected by Naegleria fowleri is 98%. But do not go freaking out: Naegleria fowleri is a rare parasite. Since 1998, only 65 individuals have perished from the brain-eating amoeba. You have a better chance of being struck by lightening than having your mind consumed by this microscopic monster. As long as you’re not sipping up swamp water, you should be fine.


There is a new trend sweeping through Scottsdale, Arizona, the place where money grows on trees and the women are made of enough plastic to be considered inhuman: teenage exorcists. Reverend Bob Larson of Spiritual Churches International has started a school specifically designed to train, educate, and arm exorcists. While teenage schoolgirls are not his target audience, he has this to say on the matter: We have found that our female, teenage exorcists are particularly effective at curing the possessed.

Reverend Bob Larson

The girls attend exorcist classes, reading from Bibles and clutching crosses. These classes teach them the art of ‘curse-breaking,’ where they release individuals from the devil’s bonds. The more experienced girls teach the novices how to draw demons out of an individual using a list of demon names. These names help to provoke the demon, for there needs to be a sign of weakness for the exorcism to start.

People do look a bit surprised when I arrive, said Brynne Larson, daughter of Reverend Bob Larson. When people call for an exorcist, they don’t picture a 16-year-old high school girl.

Brynne Larson.

Accompanying these girls on their exorcisms are two strong males, who will hold the possessed victim down, allowing the girl to draw the demon out. Since there is no protocol for how the exorcism has to take place, the girls often improvise. The tools within their exorcism tool kit  a Bible, holy water, and a cross are the main means of driving demons from individuals.

It can be dangerous, said Brynne. I have performed exorcisms on three hundred pound, six-foot-five men, and they can get violent.

It’s not unusual to be sworn at, spat at, I’ve even seen projectile vomit, said Savannah Scherkenback, 19, one of the latest graduates from the exorcism school. Then she had this to say about her personal life: I think Harry Potter and Twilight are instigators of evil. They nullify morality and just serve to hook people in with evil. I don’t watch any television at all. I’m much too busy praying and fighting the devil.

It’s good to see that even brainwashed teenage exorcists believe that Twilight is evil. Way to go, girls!

Top 5 Mismatched Adult Costume Themes

Halloween is almost here and it’s time to bust out your spooky adult costume. What’s it going to be this year? Vampire? Zombie? Maybe you’ll go really crazy and dress as a werewolf, right?

Wrong.

Zombies, werewolves, vampires, ghosts, they’re boring, plain, lackluster. Sure, they’re traditional monsters and everyone loves them, but that’s the problem: everyone loves them. Halloween is about letting your morbid creativity run wild. Instead of following the norms of Halloween, read on and learn how mismatching themes can easily heighten your Halloween experience.


Vampire Smurfs:

Walk into a party as a Smurf and people may give you some odd looks, depending on your age group. You’re blue, you’re attracting a lot of attention, and you’re a cartoon character that has only recently seen a slight increase in popularity. But when everyone has already established that you are just another plain old Smurf, you flash your pearly fangs and show off your neck bites! You’re not just any plain Smurf, you’re Vampire Smurf, who smurfs the smurfingest smurfs that ever smurfed! Oh, I can smurf the screams already.

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“I’m here to smurf…”

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“…your blood!”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Undead Mascot:

Mascots are among the most annoying creations of mankind. They’re loud, they’re stupid, and they’re designed to attract attention. But what happens when a mascot dies, or, better yet, what happens when a mascot comes back from death? That’s right we’re talking about an undead mascot, a mascot beaten to death by rabid fans and brought back to life. Tear up your mascot costume, throw some blood on it, and turn that cute image into an abomination built for Hell. It’s not cheers you’re looking for this time – it’s revenge.

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These things are so stupid.

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But with a little blood, they’re terrifying.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


The Gaga Werewolf:

When the moon is full and the land is covered in darkness, the electronic funk of Lady Gaga fills the air with a deep chill, howling through streets and alleyways with a desire to just dance. Explode onto the party scene with the ferocity of a wolf, the intensity of the Gaga, and the paparazzi are sure to follow. Teeth bared, standing on the edge of glory, the horrific combination of werewolf and Gaga is so exotic, so unique, that the Mama Monster herself would be proud to steal your idea and call it her own.

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It’s not her talent that made her famous.

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She was born this way.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Frankenstein’s Monster, MD:

Frankenstein’s Monster sick of being told he too dumb to learn, sick of being told he too ugly to doctor. Frankenstein’s Monster going to be better doctor than Frankenstein. Best doctor in world! Go back to college, collect large student debt, become best doctor, develop drinking problem, cure world of ailments! Frankenstein’s Monster doctors where he pleases. Bloody scrubs? Frankenstein’s Monster do not care about cross contamination. Rusty tools? Do not care! Frankenstein’s Monster doctors where he pleases!

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Safety procedures?

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Doctors where he pleases!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


A Wizard Dressing as a Muggle:

Sure, everyone wants to be Harry Potter or Hermione, but what about the wizards who just want to fit in with the muggles? After living with wizards for so long, you forget how to be an average human, and you lose all sense of fashion. Do ties go around the neck, or around the waist? Are mismatching shoes and socks correct? How many shirts do muggles wear? These are the questions that plague wizards daily, and now they’re the questions that can make your adult costume amazing.

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Combine this shirt…

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…with these flaming awesome pants!

Dipygus: Multi-Legged Humans and Animals

In a world where plagues and tsunamis have wiped away whole civilizations, I find it no surprise to learn of a birth deformation known as dipygus. Essentially, dipygus is a congenital deformity where the body splits left-and-right partway along the torso, forming a duplicated pelvis and pair of legs. If you are having trouble forming an image of what this split may look like, here is Myrtle Corbin, a woman who lived with dipygus:

Myrtle Corbin

Born in 1868, Myrtle lived for forty years with this birth deformation. During those forty years she had five children. (She had two sets of reproductive organs, and gave birth to some children from one set and the other children from the other set.) Each inner leg was paired with the respective outer leg, so they moved in unison. But her inner legs were too weak to walk on their own. She was married at the age of 19.

Dipygus is not a strictly human condition, however, as we see in the following image:

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Copyright from Associated Press.

Yup, that is a six-legged deer, with two separate pelvises, and two tails. The deer was found in 2008, when it was discovered after being attacked by two dogs in Everett Springs, Georgia. The veterinarians that tended to the deer’s wounds said, Somehow it has a fairly normal gait, although the center legs seem to get in the way. But this deer is not an isolated incident in the animal kingdom.

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Once you get past the adorableness of the previous photo, please note: that is a six-legged puppy. The puppy was found outside the Kwang Sung Temple in Pandarmaran, in 2005. The caretaker of the temple claimed that the dog was of good fortune, thus named the puppy Ong Fatt, or Lucky One. The temple committee then obtained a permit to raise the puppy as part of the temple, which is where Ong Fatt has been ever since his discovery.

While we do not have Halloween costumes that can recreate the wonder of dipygus, I will leave you with a picture of a pig with dipygus at the Ukrainian National Chernobyl Museum in Kiev:

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Pig.

The SlutWalk: Strut Your Stuff, Ladies (and Gentlemen).

As a red-blooded American male, I take a strong pride in the amount of attractive women we have strutting around our cities, grocery stores, and college campuses. However, it is Toronto, Canada, that is stealing the limelight, for their attractive women have taken to the streets, wearing some of the most revealing and sexually alluring clothing, in a rally known as the SlutWalk.

The SlutWalk was held on April 3rd, 2011, in Toronto, Canada, and, as evident by the above video, has since been sparking similar movements around the world. It is open to all races, sexes (yes, even men can join the fun), and sexual orientations. The clothing and attire that individuals wear during the march has ranged from absurdly revealing to extremely conservative, depending on the wearer’s willingness to show skin. The point of the rally, though, is not simply to show off your skin to those who care enough to gawk. No, the point is to protest the common belief that female rape victims are often asking for it.

slutwalkOn January 24th, 2011, Constable Michael Sanguinetti and another officer were speaking at York University. Sanguinetti said that women should avoid dressing like sluts in order not to be victimized. He later apologized for insinuating that dressing like a slut assumes that you will be raped.

But the controversy goes deeper:

During a rape case in February of 2011, Justice Robert Dewar claimed that the victim’s behavior and attire a tube top and heels may have given the attacker the wrong impression. Dewar also said that the victim was drinking and was wearing makeup, thus putting herself at risk of being raped. However, since the judge felt that the defendant was not threatening only insensitive to the fact (she) was not a willing participant – the defendant will serve no jail time. Basically, a man raped a woman and the judge believed that her attire and behavior caused her to deserve it.

The SlutWalk is a public outcry to rework the understanding of our society. While the SlutWalk is not specifically stating that individuals, both men and women, should be allowed to wear whatever they desire, it is stating that dressing like a slut should not assume that you want to be raped. Hell, I’ve seen some slutty womens Halloween costumes, but never have I thought that rape was the perfect response. This should be common sense, but apparently there are some animals out there who feel entitled to rape anyone dressed in anything even close to revealing.

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An example of SlutWalk signs.

Attendants have brought signs that read Sluts have dreams too, NOT asking for it, Proud sluts, and Police look like sluts to uniform fetishists. Some of the men who participated brought signs that read Real men take no for an answer, Real men don’t rape, and Sluts are not as disgusting as Toronto police services.

Katy Perry, The Devil, and Religion

Sure, our Lady Gaga costumes will have you dancing the night away with your own Judas, but let’s take a minute to look at the other Pop Goddess out there: Katy Perry.


TLDR (Too long; didn’t read):

  • Katie Perry had a religious childhood.
  • Her mother forbade saying anything with the word “devil” in the phrase.
  • She believes she is an artichoke and tastes like melted butter.
  • Her music is infectious.
  • And she wants her ashes shot out of a firework.

Love her or hate her, Perry’s music infects the sound waves at such a frequency that I can’t even drive two miles without hearing her yell about fireworks or alien love affairs. But amidst all of her desires to kiss women, dream of teenagers, and live the Californian gurls lifestyle lies a religious background quite contradictory to her lyrical themes.

In an interview with Vanity Fair, Perry said, My career is like an artichoke. People might think that the leaves are tasty and buttered up and delicious, and they don’t even know that they’re something magical hidden at the base of it. There’s a whole other side [of me] that people didn’t know existed.

While the statement may seem awkward and meaningless, Perry seems to be implying that there is more to her than the musical promotion of a gluttonous, whimsical lifestyle. She has a core of values that have helped shape who she has become, which now seeps deep into her music. Or, maybe she believes she really is as awkward as an artichoke, as delicious as melted butter, with a hidden core of magic lying deep within her. Who knows?

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Nope, no artichoke awkwardness here.

I didn’t have a childhood, she said, claiming that her mother never let her read books other than the Bible. She was also not allowed to say deviled eggs or Dirt Devil vacuums, because of the implied evil inherit in the word devil. She was also forbid from owning secular music, so she had to sneak CDs from friends. This led her down a path of strong, slightly overbearing Christian values, which may explain for her explosive, in-your-face musical tones.

I think sometimes when children grow up, their parents grow up. Mine grew up with me. We coexist. I don’t try to change them anymore, and I don’t think they try to change me. We agree to disagree. They’re excited about [my success]. They’re happy that things are going well for their three children and that they’re not on drugs. Or in prison.

As someone who has gone astray from my parents’ upbringing, I can relate to Katy’s openness about her family. It is a strange and mystical feeling to grow up and away from those that raised you, even when you have no idea whether it is right or wrong. For Katy Perry, and for countless others out there, it has been the right decision.

Final Note: Katy Perry has openly stated that she wants her ashes shot out of a firework over the Santa Barbara coast. Maybe this has been the true meaning to Firework the whole time? I know if I was dead, I’d feel like a plastic bag, drifting through the wind, wanting to start again.

Celebrating Osama’s Death: Or, What Have We Become?

Dress your child in SWAT costumes, bring out your 9/11 Never Forget bumper stickers, and get ready for party unlike anything you have ever experienced, because Osama Bin Laden has finally bit the dust!

All right, all joking aside, let’s seriously discuss what is happening within our country. The Internet exploded today in praise for the death of one man: Osama Bin Laden, the most wanted man in America since 2001. As the world of news has informed me, he was killed in a military assault by the United States Navy SEALs and CIA on a mansion outside Abbottabad, Pakistan. If it wasn’t factual news, it would sound like the next Matt Damon movie. But it is as real as John Cena announcing it to a writhing, chanting crowd of WWE fans:

In a surprisingly suspicious turn of events, Osama’s body was buried at sea. One US official had this to say: “Finding a country willing to accept the remains of the world’s most wanted terrorist would have been difficult. So the US decided to bury him at sea.” While it makes sense, it also reeks of conspiracy theories.

(Side Note: Adolf Hitler’s death was announced 66 years ago, on May 1st, 1945. George W. Bush gave his Mission Accomplished speech eight years ago, on May 1st, 2003. And now, Osama Bin Laden is killed on May 1st, 2011. What a strange coincidence.)

The American reaction to Osama’s death was celebratory, to say the least, and Americans have every reason to celebrate. Individuals took to partying in the streets of DC and New York City. Some brought flags, some sang songs, some were already wasted from a night of drinking, but everyone seemed to agree with one thing: America had finally received its just dues of revenge for 9/11.

Celebration’s over Osama’s death.

A man swinging a flag while standing on a street light.

However, there are others who believe that the American reaction of joy and celebration has gone too far, and they are shocked by the overtly joyous reactions over Osama’s death. Blind patriotism is what they call it  people who are celebrating something that is far from celebratory. In one instance, someone created a side-by-side comparison of America’s reaction to those celebrating the deaths of Americans on 9/11. Click here to watch it.

Not far from the truth.

Whether you agree with the celebrations or you find yourself repulsed by it, I want to leave you with one simple quote. It sums up all of the damage, the deaths, and the horror caused by our reaction to 9/11, and it is simply this: 10 years, 2 wars, 919,967 deaths, and $1,188,263,000,000 later, we managed to kill one person. Worth it?

The Hobbit Production Trailer

Bust out your Lord of the Rings costumes, read up on your Tolkien, and get ready for the next installment in the Lord of the Rings theatrical series: The Hobbit. Set some years before The Fellowship of the Ring, The Hobbit follows the adventures of a young Bilbo Baggins. While traveling to the Lonely Mountain with a band of dwarves, Bilbo finds himself encountering all sorts of fantastical creatures, including the dragon Smaug. Danger, fantasy, Halflings, dragons, what more could you need in a movie?

While it will still be some time before we see Peter Jacksons vision, a From Production video was released onto the Internet today, starring the infamous Peter Jackson himself. He leads the viewer through the various parts of the films production, from the artists to the visually attractive movie sets. If you are as diehard a fan as me, this is an astonishing glimpse into the magic behind the movie. Pay extra special attention to the detail in the weaponry.

You can view The Hobbit production trailer here!

To truly capture the full story within The Hobbit, Peter Jackson is breaking the movie into two separate parts, with the first movie coming out sometime in 2012 and the second in 2013. If we followed the previous movies length, we are looking at a 5- to 6-hour film, with a years worth of intermission. From Peter Jackson, I would expect nothing less.

Some say that the Lord of the Ring series is the greatest series of all time. These people are correct; everyone else is wrong. Sure, if you have yet to see the Lord of the Rings, your ignorance is excusable. But if you have seen the movies and still do not enjoy them, then you should see a doctor something is wrong with you. Go back and watch, or read, the series again.

Superhero Celebs

On the past episode of MTV’s Cut Throat challenge, I was involved in a stampede. I had the two biggest guys on the team knock me over and fall on top of me while others were running over on our backs to get through. It was a lot scarier then it looked on TV. I was choked out at one point. Arms and legs were flying everywhere. However, I had a superman who pulled the big dudes off of me and pushed me forward. As romantic as it was, I tend to wonder if I was rocking any of these costumes if I would have needed saving at all…

Wonderwoman

Wonder Woman- This super heroin doesn’t need any man to save her ass. She is probably the toughest broad in the skies… and her costume is pretty legit. I’d love to see her go one on one with my favorite feline fatale Catwoman.

Supergirl- She’s like Superman’s Sidekick. I honestly don’t remember much of what she does or what her purpose is. But She can fly and stuff. That’s cool.

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Silk Spectre of Watchmen. The costume is bad ass. Looks like she could kick some ass. And if she was in a stampede… it looks like people would slip right off her ass with that shiny costume. So. There you have it. When in a stampede… wear lubed up rubber outfits.

Batgirl

Bat Girl- Any girl dressed in form fitting black rubber and leather is OK in my book. Yeah the Batman movies got a bit lame when bat boy and bat girl showed up but i can’t knock the costume. It’s pretty bad ass. However, if you are going to be battling super villains in this costume, stick to colder locations. This outfit probably wouldn’t fare too well in Miami.

5 Sexy Costumes for Men (occupations)

Occupations* chapter.

I’m feeling frisky.

Halloween isn’t just for kids and women. Men, you better dress up too!

You have a school girl fantasy? That’s nice, but us girls have a fire fighter fantasy. If you want me to dress up like your sexy nurse, you better be ready return the favor as my sexy surgeon.

Here is a list of hot costumes that you can wear on Halloween… and save em for later in the bedroom as well. It’s a Win/Win!

Medical Scrub Suit

Doctor! Doctor! Give me the news! I’ve got a bad case of lovin’ you! – Robert Palmer. Yes, the Doctor costume. Whether you sport the lab coat, the scrubs or the OB-GYN badge… the ladies will come. We can’t help but want to live out our McDreamy fantasy. You can’t go wrong here.

Fireman Adult Costume

Ohhhhhh Fireman! Strong and sexy and running into a burning building to save the family kitty. You can’t help but love a fireman. They don’t give you speeding tickets, they save your life. These are the good guys. Put this costume on though and you might just be starting fires rather then putting them out.

Bounty Hunter Adult Costume

I don’t know if this is a real occupation, but I’m going to go with it. It’s part cowboy, part outlaw/law dude. Either way, I’m digging it. Any type of cowboy is good for me. This is hot. Wear it. For me. Tell me I’ve been a bad bad cowgirl.

Police Officer Adult Costume

Up until recently, I would say stay far away from cop costumes. However, I had a man play this act very, very, right with me. I was a bad inmate… but he was a very bad cop. It worked. I recommend it. Either way it will be fun to see people look at you twice on Halloween, unsure of weather you are the real deal or not. Play it up and have fun.

Adult Pilot Costume

There’s a silent respect for pilots, unlike the forced respect you get from cops. I always had a sweet spot for pilots. Also, after many women watched the recent Bachelor, it may just be the ideal time to whip our your wings. See who wants to join your mile high club.

These are some fun, classic, sexy occupational costumes for men. I’ve got plenty more where this came from. Check out FrightCatalog.com because if these costumes don’t do it for you, we’ve got a million other ones that will!

Happy Haunting!