073 - Illustration 05

posted on Oct 25, 2010, 09 pm

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psudonym, Oct 25, 2010, 10 pm

Welcome back everyone!

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Jaykolov, Oct 25, 2010, 10 pm

love the pumpkin's expression! XD

Klonoa64, Oct 25, 2010, 10 pm

hey, isnt this like the first or maybe second time he actually said something related to what is in the picture?

TheFemDoctor, Oct 25, 2010, 11 pm

I have some questions for YOU, Question Duck.
What is your friend's name?
How can you talk?
Why are you allowed in so many public places other animals can't enter?
What IS the air/speed velocity of an unladen swallow? How 'bout an unladen duck?

Great comic, fantastic art. :)

CactusJuicy, Oct 25, 2010, 11 pm

lwell when halloween was origianlly a celebration of new year's eve, pagan people carved turnips with faces (i think it might have been to guide the souls of the dead or something)

And in america, pumpkins are plentiful, so the tradition carried over to pumpkins

I saw it on tv. tv doesn't lie

Jazeki, Oct 26, 2010, 12 am

Jack O' Lantern obviously.

Someguy123, Oct 26, 2010, 03 am

Is it me, or did he just say something relevant to his surroundings?

sbdrag, Oct 26, 2010, 05 am

i heard it was originally used to scare away evil spirits, so now it's just a tradition, like halloween itself.

halloween was originally all hallows eve, but i forget its original purpose. i think it either had to do with saints or evil spirits...

blackfirexd13, Oct 26, 2010, 10 am


That depends, is the unladen swallow/duck French or English?

Reigan, Oct 26, 2010, 02 pm

Me and my friends were talking about that actually.

We concluded that they're called Jack o' Lanterns because Jack the Ripper needed a new hobby.

Schorhr, Oct 26, 2010, 03 pm


babyoshiduck, Oct 26, 2010, 04 pm

i beleive that it is the first time that he (or she i dun know) asked something relevant to his surroundings

FlyingMonkey, Oct 26, 2010, 05 pm

Originally Halloween was the day of the dead. The pagan priests would go from house to house dressed as evil spirits calling "trick or treat" in order to get a response from the locals. If there was no treat, then the priests would preform a trick. Mostly burning the house down or kidnapping the people in the house and throwing them into bone-fires. (Which BTW, is where we get the word bonfires.)
In order to counter this the peasants would carve out faces in a squash and leave gifts or food on their porch along with it. If the offering pleased the priests they would pass by. Ever since then, the tradition was to place a carved vegetable outside your home to wart off evil spirits.
And now you know. :3

You can read more about it here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Halloween

Seav, Oct 30, 2010, 04 pm


Emily and the Oracle, Jul 31, 2011, 12 pm

@Flying Monkey;

No. You are incredibly wrong. And I have a feeling you practice some religion that believes Pagans are "sinful," so clearly their religious leaders would have no trouble committing random acts of murder. Either that or you're truly foolish enough to believe everything the internet tells you, regardless of common sense.

Halloween was either Samhain or All Hallow's Eve depending on the specific religion, it was a Pagan holiday during which it was believed evil spirits could walk freely amongst the living and steal human's souls. Pagans wore masks on this day to trick the evil spirit's into thinking they weren't human, and therefore would not want their soul.

Originally, Jack o' Lanterns were started by the Irish. There is a whole folktale about them that I don't really remember, just look up, "Where do Jack o' Lanterns originate?" in Google. All I know is that the Irish carved scary faces in potatoes or turnips. During the Potato Famine when there were mass immigrations from Ireland to America, that tradition was brought over as well and over the years we have turned it into pumpkins. I believe because pumpkins were more common/indigenous to America.

Anzyme, Sep 24, 2011, 08 pm


The way I know it, Samhain was an extremely devoted religious celebration of Celtic origin. It signified the beginning of wintertime and the new year (seasons were different back then), a time when all departed souls of the previous year would travel into the next world. They indeed set up bonfires and torches, to guide the spirits on their way. But some souls were rather mean-spirited-- pun totally intended and not expecting a laugh-- and played pranks on them. To prevent this, people left offerings of food as an act of good faith, to pardon their households from leaky roofs and drafts aplenty. Or, they carved turnips with hideous faces to scare the souls away.
When the Christians (arbitrary name because I don't know the exact circumstances of Celtic exile from most of Europe) found out about this "pagan ritual" they naturally wanted it trounced out of existence. However, as more and more Celts converted to the cross, they decided instead on All-Saints day, a celebration of the saints on November 1st. Samhain faded but never disappeared, and assumed the guise of Hallowed Eve-- which most everybody knows became Halloween at some point.
Now, the British people of later times found the Irish funny, so they dressed up as demons and ghosts and stole the food offered on Samhain. Or, if they were feeling extra plucky, they'd knock on the door and ask for it, with mixed results. I figure "trick or treat" was the work of some kids who also got into that practice, though I'm sure it was less geared towards ridiculing the Irish, and more aimed at acquiring comestibles. But it's anyone's guess.
Pumpkins became popular instead of turnips or whatever else when the Irish moved en masse to America, where pumpkins were much more common than turnips.
And that's who came up with JACK O' LANTERNS. And not a single google search was made that day.
On an unrelated note, an Irish person told me that corned-beef and cabbage is in no way a staple of the Irish, nor has it ever been. She suspected it might be a misconception due to the fact that the first Irish in America couldn't afford something else.


EmojiDragon77, Aug 13, 2015, 03 pm

jack-o-lanterns were originally turnips, not pumpkins (national geographic)

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