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Jaw Dropping Proof That NASA Rocket Scientists Carve the Best Pumpkins

The internet's chock full of wonderful ways to carve a Halloween pumpkin every year, but few can hold a glowing candle to what the scientists, engineers, and researchers at NASA's Jet Propulsion Lab come up with. Every year the lab holds a pumpkin carving competition and the results, and the carving techniques, are exactly what you'd expect from the geniuses who landed the rovers on Mars. Read More >>

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5 Creepy, Scary, Awesome Things You Never Knew About Blood

The internet has been beating us over the head with the fact that yesterday was Halloween, and that means lots of fake blood. But the real stuff coursing through your veins can be scary all on its own. Here are some of the weirdest and wildest things going on in the world of blood. Read More >>

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Why We're Afraid of the Dark (and Why It's Good That We Are)

Most kids go through a stage in which they're afraid of the dark. Any creaking floorboard, rustling shutter, or random bump in the night fill them with terror. Good! Here's why, and why we should maybe never grow out of it. Read More >>

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How Much Would a Pumpkin the Size Of Your House Weigh?

The wonderful world of genetic engineering has given us gargantuan pumpkins the size of compact cars. But don't think it's going to stop there. In addition to spreading Halloween cheer and giving local evening news something to cover, giant pumpkins could eventually be grown to the size of a house and used as a cheap and temporary place for someone to live. Read More >>

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Trousers Made From the Skin of a Human Corpse Are the Must-Have Halloween 2013 Costume (NSFW)

You may have bought all the latex zombie flesh and fake blood you could find down at your local party store, but I'm afraid all your efforts have been in vain. Try as you might, your Halloween costume will never be as fucked up as this Icelandic pair of Necropants -- yep, they're made of real human skin. Read More >>

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A PVC Air Cannon Is Perfect for Scaring Trick or Treaters

You could make crazy DIY Halloween decorations to scare the creeps out of trick or treaters in your neighbourhood. You could dress up drones as flying ghosts or ghoulish goblins to strike fear into child-sized candy beggars. You could be the cranky old man who turns his light off and seeps scare by ignoring costume wearers. Read More >>

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The Chemistry of Fear and Why We Like It So Much

It's the season of fear! Horror movies, haunted houses, spooky costumes, the week where we find anything and use everything to scare ourselves senseless. But why? What is the science behind fear? What the hell is fear? Bytesize Science explains how fear is our anticipation of something bad happening and how it works in our brain. Spooky! [Bytesize Science via Neatorama] Read More >>

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What Happens to Your Brain When You're Scared Out of Your Mind

Everyone knows what it feels like to be absolutely terrified. And while it might not be your favourite flavour of fun, you can't deny it's a rush. That's because your brain takes fear as a cue to start dishing out its own kind of halloween sweets in the form of delicious neurotransmitters. Read More >>

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Asda's Mental Patient Costume and Tesco's Gay Best Friend Inflatable: Harmless Fun or Hateful Hype?

Yesterday, supermarket giant Asda came under fire from mental health groups when it came to light that, alongside back to school essentials, its George clothing line's website was also selling a "Mental Patient" Halloween fancy dress costume. Read More >>

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Oldham Kids Given Cocaine as Extra-Special Halloween Treat

Children out on their trick or treat runs around Oldham this Halloween had a pretty mean trick played on them, with some nutcase treating them to a bag of cocaine instead of your more traditional confectionery items. Read More >>

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Ten Ways To Smash a Pumpkin in Mesmerising Slow-Motion

You shouldn't use this video as inspiration for going out and destroying other people's jack-o-lanterns this evening. But if you want a fun way to dispose of your own here are ten creative ways to utterly decimate a pumpkin -- made all the more enjoyable to watch thanks to a high-speed camera. You might want to skip the throwing axe, though, nothing good's gonna come of that. [YouTube via Laughing Squid] Read More >>

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Ten Ways To Smash a Pumpkin in Mesmerising Slow-Motion

You shouldn’t use this video as inspiration for going out and destroying other people’s jack-o-lanterns tonight. But if you want a fun way to dispose of your own here are ten creative ways to utterly decimate a pumpkin—made all the more enjoyable to watch thanks to a high-speed camera. You might want to skip the throwing axe, though, nothing good’s gonna come of that. [YouTube via Laughing Squid] Read More >>

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Baby Power Loader Costume Wins Hearts and Halloween

This brilliant Aliens power loader costume piloted by a baby Ripley made the rounds yesterday, but now there’s video of it in action. It’s even more adorable in motion, and that kid looks ready to battle alien invaders or unjust early bedtimes. [The Mary Sue via BoingBoing] Read More >>

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Caramel Filled Apples Is the Best Thing To Ever Happen To Halloween

There’s two big problems with the traditional caramel apple. They’re messy to eat, and once the caramel coating is gone you really have no incentive to keep eating the apple. But with the caramel on the inside, it’s a whole new ballgame that will give you a new appreciation for fruit. Read More >>

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Horror Films Aid Weight Loss and Watching The Shining Burns 183 Calories

Turns out that the Evil Dead remake might be an ideal first date movie, as research has found that watching a horror film burns up to 180 more calories than watching some boring old Jennifer Aniston light entertainment vehicle. Read More >>

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How to Use Basic Chemistry to Scare the Hell Out of Your Neighbours

As far as Halloween pranks go, soaping up windows, throwing toilet paper in trees, smashing pumpkins—it's all passé. This is the second decade of the 21st century. It's time to use modern science to really make Halloween horrifying. Read More >>

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