Friday, October 20, 2006

Americans Know Their Halloween Trivia – To A Point

CARLSBAD, Calif. (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – Americans know so much about Halloween that it’s frightening.

At least that’s the impression left from a new survey scared up by MoreFocus, an online research organization.

For instance, 53 percent know that the Halloween originated with the Celts and 47 percent are aware that turnips, not pumpkins, were used as the original Jack O’Lanterns.

Meanwhile, 75 percent realize that the tradition of wearing Halloween costumes started as a way to scare off ghosts and spirits and 60 percent know that vampire bats hail from Central and South America, not Transylvania.

But Americans are still bloody stupid about some Halloween trivia. That’s because 23 percent incorrectly think the word “poltergeist” means “mischievous ghost,” when it really means “noisy ghost.”

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