Did you know that Candy corn was originally called Chicken Feed? Though many would argue that candy corn tastes like chicken feed, that's not how it got its original name. Created in 1880 by George Renninger, it was sold to the masses by Goelitz Confectionery Company (now Jelly Belly Co.) at the turn of the century. Because corn is what was used to feed chickens, the creation was called Chicken Feed and the box was marked with a colorful rooster. You can read more here.
• The word "pumpkin" showed up for the first time in the fairy tale Cinderella. A French explorer in 1584 first called them "gros melons," which was translated into English as "pompions," according to History. It wasn't until the 17th century that they were first referred to as pumpkins.
• The original jack-o'-lanterns were made with turnips and potatoes by the Irish.
• In England, they used large beets and lit them with embers to ward off evil spirits. Irish immigrants brought their customs to America but found that pumpkins were much easier to carve.
• The world's heaviest pumpkin weighed over 2,600 pounds. It was grown in Germany and presented in October 2016.
• Each pumpkin has about 500 seeds.
• Pumpkins are 90% water, which makes them a low-calorie food. More pumpkin food facts here.
• The most pumpkins smashed in one minute is 30 and was achieved by Conor Murphy (USA) at Reebok International Headquarters, Boston, Massachusetts, USA, on 14 November 2017.
There is a strong
connection in folklore and popular culture between pumpkins and the
supernatural. Famous examples
include the following:
• A commonplace motif of people being turned into pumpkins by witches.
• The jack-o-lantern custom, which connects to Halloween lore about warding off demons.
• In the folk tale Cinderella, the fairy godmother turns a pumpkin into a carriage, but at midnight it reverts to a pumpkin. More interesting fun facts here.
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