5 scary things to think about this Halloween

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Halloween is rapidly approaching, which means the season of scary has arrived. The holiday features frights such as ghouls, clowns, bats, feeding copious amounts of candy to pre-diabetic children, and the fact that sexy Olaf costumes are a thing. To add to that list of horrors, try thinking about these 5 alternative scary things this Halloween:

1. The national debt

The national deficit is the money the government takes in minus the money the government spends, and the national debt is the total amount borrowed to fund that deficit. The current national debt totals in around $17,904,969,580,881.62. That’s more than $17 trillion, folks, increasing by $75 million every hour. Bored in class? Watch the debt go up in real time here. Fun! Eerie!

2. The capriciousness of life

Everything that happens in life is random. There are no constants. Despite any attempt to find patterns or systems of causation, there is no way to predict or explain why things happen to us. Nothing happens for a reason. Success is not guaranteed, and every step forward is just the result of a lucky draw from a rigged lottery. Consider how everything you do doesn’t really matter as you wait in line for for the Midnight Organ Concert. Hair-raising!

3. Your own insignificance

You are very insignificant, in the big scheme of things. You are just one of over 7 billion people in the world, part of a single iteration of the human population. It has been only 200,000 years since anatomically modern humans first appeared. The first life forms appeared on earth between 3.8 and 3.5 billion years ago. The earth itself was formed around 4.54 billion years ago. The span of modern civilization is a millisecond in comparison to the history of this planet. You take up a fraction of a fraction of a fraction of that millisecond. You are an indiscernible smudge on the surface of our planet, just a minuscule sphere composed of crust and mantle, in our solar system, in a galaxy, in the ever-expanding, timeless vastness of the universe… Think about that as you wolf down excessive amounts of candy this Halloween. Creepy!

4. Your own mortality

This Halloween, try to get a grasp on your own mortality. You may think you are young and invincible, but every day is just one step on the slow march toward death. Death is life’s principle constant. Just as everybody poops, everybody dies, though death cannot be better regulated with Activia or a high-fiber diet. Death is everywhere. As you go out next weekend, take a look at all the things dying around you — leaves, insects, and also, yourself. Chilling!

5. Blue Room muffins are 400 to 600 calories each.

I know. *cries* Spooky!

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FlogDailyHerald: Fall

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If you’ve been anywhere near social media lately, you’ll know that fall is upon us. We are in the thick of (Instagrams of) changing leaves, colorful scarves, and autumnal pumpkin spice lattes. Fall comes with a practically mandatory checklist of activities that you must complete and record with photo documentation. Yet as I complete every item on my fall checklist, I can’t help but feel like a total try-hard. It seems to me that fall is just about the most basic and contrived season of all time.

1. Apple Picking

The first item on everyone’s fall checklist list is apple picking. For a few hours and a couple bucks, you can don a flannel and pretend you’re a Puritan who stumbled out of a J Crew. Apple picking is a great way to get fresh produce and reconnect with nature (?) but the fun is strained. It’s tiring and you have to take one million pictures until everyone has a new default photo of their liking.

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2. Pumpkin Flavored Everything

Starting around September, every major food chain rolls out a new product flavored “pumpkin” as if said product isn’t just flavored “cinnamon.” I love a good Pumpkin Spice Latte as much as the next seventh-grade-girl-trapped-in-a-19-year-old’s body, but I resent the fact that Starbucks has built an empire on something that tastes like flavors they already had. To me, pumpkins (and gourds for that matter) are the decorative vegetables you keep around the house during Halloween – they’re certainly not sweet and delicious.

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Frosh-cessities: 18 things I learned from my first Halloweek

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Halloweek flew by faster than Marnie and her grandma on a high-powered broom (see below). It was a long four days, but a sick four days — literally “sick,” as my voice was shot by the end of night one. Yet, it was without a doubt the most fun I’ve had at Brown thus far. As we say goodbye to October and all of its quiet (and not-so-quiet) graces — perfect weather, hellish midterms, a Red Sox win, an excuse to go out four nights in a row, campus protests, and another Fox News shoutout — I wanted to reflect upon what I learned over the past week. Halloweek, you were a hella-week, for sure. Here are 18 things I learned from my first Halloweek:

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BlogDailyHerald’s Third Annual Costume Contest: Results

Thanks to all who submitted photos of their costumes to our third annual costume contest. We received an overwhelming number of submissions this year, and we were glad that we had the chance to bear witness to your creativity and execution, even though we probably saw you on the street/at a party/at Jo’s at some point this weekend but just don’t remember. In true Twelve Angry Men fashion, the editors of BlogDH engaged in a heated debate over your submissions before reaching a final consensus. Without further ado, the MVP of Halloween.

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Name: Emily W. ’14.5
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Ms. Frizzle from The Magic School Bus; Squealer the pig, one of the original nine Beanie Babies; Angelica Pickles (and her doll Cynthia) from The Rugrats; Regina George and the Plastics (left to right: Julia S., ’14, Emily W. ’14.5, Vivianne A., ’14); Wanda and Cosmo (Conor M., Skidmore ’14) from The Fairly Odd Parents.

Congratulations, Emily! As promised, her photos will be featured in every post that we put up today. Check out the runners-up after the jump.

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A Misanthrope’s Guide to the Movies: “Halloweentown”

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This Halloweek, I decided to re-watch one of our generation’s all-time favorite Disney Channel Original Movies: Halloweentown. I remembered very little about the actual plot or characters in this movie, but I did remember loving it and believing it to be one of the few films in history with sequels actually worth watching. However, as I sat down to re-watch the film, I was overcome with a deep sense of dread that, like so many of my favorite childhood things before it, revisitation years later would lead me to the recognition that the movie was, in fact, not as cool as I once thought (I’m looking at you, ponchos).

Fortunately, my fears were 100% misplaced. Halloweentown was, and remains, one of the greatest Halloween movies of all time. Sure the plot made little to no sense, but would you really want your Disney Channel Original Movie any other way? For those who don’t remember, check out a brief plot summary after the jump. Continue Reading


Sextion: Halloween costumes and the sex they inspire

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Editorial Disclaimer: This post has been created by college students for college students.  It has been rated NC-17 for its sexual nature and anatomically graphic references. Please proceed at your own risk. Thanks for reading! Love, BlogDH

Monica and I have seen a bunch of wonderful Halloween costumes at parties recently, and we wanted to talk about how they inspire us. And really, how else would they inspire us besides inspiring us sexually? Halloween is the perfect time to get your sexy on, and there is no better time for role-play. We decided to take the opportunity to throw out a few suggestions for sex positions and acts that we think go well with the sentiment of several popular Halloween getups.

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