I think I’ve done one or two of these before on my old blog, but I figured I’d revisit them again in the spirit of writing more regularly here. The questions are here if you want to see them without the answers and read other people’s answers, or take part in the fun. I hope y’all don’t mind the question answering, dear reader, it’s kind of how I’m trying to kick start my writing. Right now, my writing well is dry and answering questions — even wrongly helps get the creative juices flowing. 🙂 Anyway, here are this week’s questions, keep in mind that the idea is to answer them incorrectly, hence the name “Fibbing Friday”
Why is October the tenth month rather than the eighth as its name implies? Because the O in October is closer to the Zero in ten. It works out better that way.
Why is Halloween on October 31st? Because if it were on any other day, it wouldn’t be All Hallow’s Eve. Sorry, that’s too close to the truth… Um… I got nuthin’.
What exactly is “Pumpkin Spice”? Pumpkin rinds are set out to roast in the Autumn sun. Skeletons dance over the rinds at night, shaking the signature “spices” on the rinds for two weeks until the rinds are dried enough to be ground down and sold as a spice in stores.
How did the tradition of carving Jack-o’-lanterns start? Well, they used to be skulls with candles, but during the great plague it was deemed unsafe to use skulls so they started using gourds. “Jack” was a name for your generic dude back in the day, so they’d use “Jack’s” skull, and when they started using gourds, they became “Jack’s” lanterns. Or Jack of the lantern. Shortened to Jack o’ lanterns.
Why are they called “Jack-o’-lanterns”? There are little spirits in there that light ’em up. The candles are just for show. All spirits are called “Jack” for brevity sake. So the spirit is called Jack of the lantern, shortened to Jack o’ lantern.
Why is National Poetry Writing Month (NaPoWriMo) in April when National Poetry Day is October 3rd? If we can have Christmas in July, why can’t we have Poetry in April? And since the Christians take up well over a month for their one day of Christmas in December, then poetry writers take up a month for their poetry writing in April.
What’s the big deal about Columbus Day? There are a lot of sales at furniture stores and car dealers.
Why do kids trick-or-treat on Halloween? To show off their parents costume making skills. Eh, that’s probably too close to the truth too. Hmmm. It gives people the excuse to buy copious amounts of candy with no judgement and they can eat the good stuff while giving out the rest to the kids.
According to at least one Internet source, October 30th is National Candy Corn Day. Why? That’s when it ripens on the vine.
What happens to all the candy corn that doesn’t get eaten? Nothing I will come up with will be better than what Lewis Black said about candy corn. I don’t agree with him, I like candy corn. He, obviously doesn’t like it. Still, listen to it, it’s funny.