I’m officially kicking off my tradition of sharing crazy, odd, and fairly unknown facts about Halloween and autumn. Subscribe for blog updates and follow to see new facts released throughout the month. Enjoy my day 1 facts below!
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I will try to not post any vulgar or obscene content related to my October facts, but some of the truths of history can be disturbing.
Let us commence!
Fact 1: The word “witch” probably doesn’t mean what you think it means.
The word “witch” comes from the Old English wicce, meaning “wise woman.” In fact, wiccanwere highly respected people at one time. According to popular belief, witches held one of their two main meetings, or sabbats, on Halloween night. (http://www.factretriever.com/halloween-facts)
Derived from Old English, wicce, or sometimes termed wicca, can mean “wise woman” or “wise one” as wicce and wicca seem to be feminine and masculine terms. Over time and in various countries the spellings have evolved and changed, but obviously today the meaning has shifted to seemingly mean something of evil.
So when you choose to call someone a witch, remember the root of the meaning. It may not have the same effect on you before you read this. Look at it this way, Hermione from Harry potter is a witch, and she is the smart one of the bunch! Take from this what you will…
Learn more about the meaning behind witches from these websites:
Fact 2: Samhnainophobia is the fear of Halloween
Ah… Okay? I guess everybody has to be afraid of something. Here’s a list of other crazy (some not so crazy) Halloween related phobias. (Pumpkins, I mean come on!)
Fact 3: The world’s heaviest pumpkin is 2,323.7 pounds!
Beni Meier of Switzerland broke the world record in 2014, and obviously he had to use some heavy machinery to move the pumpkin that weighed almost as much as a small car!
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Stay tuned for more neat facts about this time of year and please share, like, and follow to let others enjoy!
Until next time,