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Beholder Pumpkin

Tomorrow's Halloween, the only holiday dedicated to mischief and evil rather than all of that feel-good stuff, religious stuff or government-mandated social consciousness. And Steve Jackson's Daily Illuminator helps us remember to let our inner geek shine through with this awesome picture of a Beholder pumpkin.

But sadly, this bit of text accompanying the image just ruins it:

When I was a kid, we played Dungeons and Dragons in the 5th grade. It was fun, but so complex that we had to cheat to make it more interesting. Soon afterward, I decided that riding my BMX bike was more fun and didn't do so much gaming.

I did keep one relic of these days, it is a book called the Monster Manual and it describes all sort of different monsters. Someone sent in this carving of the monster called "The Beholder". I am unsure what it is, but it looks spooky.

I wonder if the monster manual is worth anything on E-bay.

"We had to cheat to make it more interesting"? This guy sooooo missed the point.

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Comments on Beholder Pumpkin
  Comment from Blogger gnome at Wednesday, October 31, 2007 3:04:00 PM
Halloween the only holiday dedicated to mischief and evil rather than all of that feel-good stuff religious stuff? Hey, that sounds interesting... Never thought of it this way y'know...
  Comment from Blogger Red Bull at Wednesday, October 31, 2007 5:50:00 PM
What... no Halloween in Greece? What a shame. You have to have some excuse to glue horns to your forehead and terrorize people...
  Comment from Blogger gnome at Friday, November 02, 2007 11:14:00 AM
Actually we got a Carnaval period that lasts for something like 40 days... People dress in silly stuff, cross dress and are generally being happy-ish which is kind of nice, though there's no over-arching theme. Also the church hates it which is even better and there are some incredibly naughty folk songs to go with it.
  Comment from Blogger Red Bull at Friday, November 02, 2007 12:26:00 PM
This is the celebration preceding Lent, right?

I think Halloween's origins are related to the Pagan samhain, which would equate to All Saints Day... nothing around that time?
  Comment from Blogger gnome at Sunday, November 04, 2007 7:57:00 AM
Yes, it is indeed preceding Lent, which I had to look up... All Saints Day? Not sure, really, but I don't think there's anything else here...

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