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27 Days Until Halloween

Today is the first weekday in the first full week of October. May yours be full of chills, thrills, and things that go bump in the night!

On this subject, I'd like to recommend a podcast I recently discovered thanks to ankh_hpl. MonsterTalk is well worth your time this Halloween season. I've listened to the Cthulhu and Bigfoot shows, and I'm looking forward to the other episodes waiting for me on my iPod. To quote the official description, MonsterTalk is "a free audio podcast that critically examines the science behind cryptozoological (and legendary) creatures, such as Bigfoot, the Loch Ness Monster, or werewolves. Hosted by Blake Smith, Ben Radford, and Dr. Karen Stollznow, MonsterTalk interviews the scientists and investigators who shine a spotlight on the things that go bump in the night. For once (and unlike mystery-mongering television shows) a monster-themed program gives skepticism more than just a couple minutes of lip service!" Check it out here.

Of course, before we celebrate the things that go bump in the night, we should probably define our terms, right? Fortunately for us, Wondermark by David Malki can help. (Thanks to The Hog's Head!)

Text of the Day: I hope this starts your week off in the right spirit: "Voices in the Air" by Thomas Lovell Beddoes (1803-1849).

As sudden thunder
Pierces night;
As magic wonder,
Wild affright,
Rives asunder
Men's delight:
Our ghost, our corpse; and we
Rise to be.

As flies the lizard
Serpent fell;
As goblin vizard,
At the spell
Of the wizard,
Sinks to hell:
Our life, our laugh, our lay
Pass away.

As wake the morning
Trumpets bright;
As snow-drop, scorning
Winter's might,
Rises warning
Like a spright:
We buried, dead, and slain
Rise again.



( 16 comments — Leave a comment )
Oct. 4th, 2010 12:23 pm (UTC)
I love the collective noun list!
Oct. 5th, 2010 12:52 pm (UTC)
I'm so glad! I thought it was very clever.
Oct. 4th, 2010 12:30 pm (UTC)
I love your Countdown To Halloween! This is my favourite time of year :)
Oct. 5th, 2010 12:52 pm (UTC)
Aw, thank you so much! I love sharing it with everyone. Thanks so much for reading. :)
Oct. 4th, 2010 12:47 pm (UTC)
But what are the collective nouns for thrones, dominations, virtues, powers, and principalities?
Oct. 4th, 2010 03:29 pm (UTC)
Host is the only collective noun for the various ranks of angels, as they are all part of an army. From Latin hostis (enemy).
Oct. 4th, 2010 03:44 pm (UTC)
Really? Now Aquinas groups the host into nine choirs.
Oct. 4th, 2010 12:59 pm (UTC)
Delightful as always. The collective nouns are both pleasing and useful.

Voices in the Air reminded me of Beetlejuice. Though we have lost Glenn Shadix, Otho lives on.
Oct. 5th, 2010 12:53 pm (UTC)
Thank you so much! I'm so glad you enjoyed it. I like your Beetlejuice comparison.
Oct. 4th, 2010 02:28 pm (UTC)
I know we're only 4 days into October, but this is my favorite post. I'm definitely going to check out Monster Talk!
Oct. 5th, 2010 12:53 pm (UTC)
Aw, thank you! I'm so glad you liked it. I hope you enjoy MonsterTalk!
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Oct. 5th, 2010 12:54 pm (UTC)
Um seriously? You + Halloween = ONE TRUE PAIR

:D *happy dance* :D

I thought of you immediately when I saw this chart.

Edited at 2010-10-05 12:55 pm (UTC)
Oct. 5th, 2010 06:27 pm (UTC)
OMG, I *love* the collective noun list! (Mom and I collect them.)
Oct. 6th, 2010 01:23 pm (UTC)
Yay! I'm so glad you liked it.
Oct. 5th, 2010 07:54 pm (UTC)
Great post! Thank you!
Oct. 6th, 2010 01:24 pm (UTC)
My pleasure! I'm so glad you enjoyed it.
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