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October 31, 2011

Overnight Open Thread - Hallows' Eve Edition

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Boo!


The Hidden Haunted History of 7 American Landmarks
And some say that Harry Caray still haunts Wrigley Field to this day.

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Plus is it legal to sell a haunted house?

Halloween Prankery

Scary Pumpkins
Thanks to RDB.

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Also Here Come The Mummies.

The Snuggle Theory of Horror Movies
All about the gender roles:

Related to this is the ‘snuggle theory’ – the idea that viewing horror films may be a rite of passage for young people, providing them with an opportunity to fulfil their traditional gender roles. A paper from the late 1980s by Dolf Zillmann, Norbert Mundorf and others found that male undergrads paired with a female partner (unbeknown to them, a research assistant), enjoyed a 14-minute clip from Friday the 13th Part III almost twice as much if she showed distress during the film. Female undergrads, by contrast, said they enjoyed the film more if their male companion appeared calm and unmoved. Moreover, men who were initially considered unattractive were later judged more appealing if they displayed courage during the film viewing. ‘Scary movies and monsters are just the ticket for girls to scream and hold on to a date for dear life and for the date (male or female) to be there to reassure, protect, defend and, if need be, destroy the monster,’ says Fischoff. ‘Both are playing gender roles prescribed by a culture.’
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What's Wrong With America Part XXVII
This makes more money every year than you'll ever make.

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The 7 Creepiest Places on Earth - Part III
Abandoned amusement parks have to be up there with clowns of any sort for sheer inherent creepiness.

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The 12 Shortest Celebrity Marriages
I know we're all heart-broken that Kim Kardashian and Kris Whats-his-name got divorced after only 72 days but it turns out that this was only kinda-short by Hollywood standards. Britney still holds the record with her 55-hour marriage but others were only slightly longer.

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Also How Celebs Dressed for Halloween
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The Yahoo AoSHQ group. Bla bla bla. And don't forget about the Job Bank.

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