Pumpkin Tales — History and Blogging in the Making
Poor Richard was a pseudonym of Benjamin Franklin, which he used for the purpose of publishing an almanac between the years 1732 to 1758. Colonial readers used almanacs for weather forecasts, household hints, puzzles, and other amusing features. Back in the day, almanacs were sort of like blogs.
“Harry Hippie” is a song written by Jim Ford in the ‘70s. The Hippie movement that began in the ‘60s was initially used to describe beatniks who had moved into San Francisco’s Haight-Ashbury district, but the movement expanded around the world. Hippies were known to create their own communities, like bloggers.
Napoleon Dynamite is a 2004 independent film that became something of a cult classic. Napoleon’s friend, Pedro, decides to run for class president. Against all odds and a popular girl, he wins. Although Napoleon Dynamite was not a big-studio release, “Vote for Pedro” T-shirts and quirky quotes from the film became commonplace. Similarly, although not everyone blogs, most recognize the cultural impact.
The Statue of Liberty was given by France to the United States in 1886. The statue stands on Liberty Island in New York Harbor, and welcomes visitors, immigrants, and travelers returning home. The blogging community welcomes visitors (readers), immigrants (new bloggers), and travelers returning home (NaBloPoMo participants who have come back for another month of daily posting).
Starting in 1969, the number of burgers served by you-know-who was displayed in billions. In 1993, the total reached 100 billion, and the signs were changed to display “over 99 billion” permanently. 133 million blogs have been indexed by Technorati since 2002. In the burgers versus bloggers race? Burgers are in the lead, but they got a pretty big head start.
Readers, did you see or carve a clever pumpkin? Did you find it on someone’s blog or put a picture on yours? Put a link in the comments so we can all go take a look.
CREDITS: The pumpkins pictured above were on display at Laura’s school yesterday, created by some very clever middle-school students.