Thursday Thirteen – Fiendish Facts

13For other thirteen’s, wander over to Alice’s.

1. After the death of her husband, poet Percy Shelley, Mary Shelley (author of Frankenstein) kept his heart wrapped up in silk until she died. It was later buried with their son.


2. Würzburg, Germany (where I was born) is credited with burning the most number of witches during a given period of time (900 men, women and children from 1627 -1629.)

3.  A male Witch is not a “Warlock”. This is a Scottish term, meaning “traitor”, or “oathbreaker”. (A male Witch is a “Witch”).

4. The house cat is the only domesticated animal not mentioned in the Bible.

5. Samhainophobia is an intense fear of Halloween.


6. A cup of candy corn has fewer calories than a cup of raisins. (but 1 gram of candy corn has 4 calories while 1 gram of raisins has 3 calories.)


7. In France, more than 30,000 werewolf cases were tried between 1520 and 1630.

8. Pennsylvania was the first colony to legalize witchcraft.

9. There is a poisonous mushroom called a jack-o’-lantern. These mushrooms are a bright orange-yellow in color and on rainy nights they appears to glow in the dark.


10. In Italy, it is illegal to craft coffins out of anything but wood or nutshells.


11. October 30 is National Candy Corn Day.

12. Anna Göldi was the last person to be executed in Europe for being a witch. She was hanged in Switzerland in 1782.

13. Legendary magician Harry Houdini died in Detroit from a ruptured appendix on Halloween in 1926. No one “famous” has both been born on and died on Halloween.

04 All of these pictures were taken at the local Walmart while I was running errands.



32 thoughts on “Thursday Thirteen – Fiendish Facts

  1. I think these are fascinating! I think #1 is touching but kinda creepy at the same time, and #2 is terrible! 900 people!! And kudos to Pennsylvania!
    I love the Walmart pumpkin pics, by the way! =)

  2. Now, THIS was one terrorific bit of great information….you did your homework to be sure. I knew I liked candy corn for some reason. Now I know.

    X-cellent post.
    YOUR WORDLESS PHOTO IS awesome too.

  3. Well, Nessa, if you would have put references for these I would have believed about 69.23% of these! 🙂 [That is nine of the thirteen]
    Your pictures are neat. I got a nice picture at the Cracker Barrel a couple of nights ago to go with a Jim Bunch Eats post about Christmas dinner.

    1. I hope I didn’t hurt your feelings about that grade. It is the professor, now retired, coming out in me. I didn’t want to hurt your feelings.
      And to make it a cheap shot, I’m out’a here on a short BDay holiday.

  4. WOW! I learned a lot. The Candy Corn calories is strange. No house cat in the bible? LOL! Ah, Mary Shelly, God love her. She drowned herself in a park in Central London. Right? She did write FRANKENSTEIN so I wouldn’t put it past her. Have you ever seen GOTHIC?
    much love, this was fun

  5. Interesting list!! I love that the fact you took all of those pictures at Wal-mart…very fun!

    Thanks for stopping by my list. It is neat that your daughter is passing on her Elizabeth doll. I love that!

  6. Hi Vanessa,
    I just wanted to thank you for visiting my blog today. Thursday thirteen was very interesting especially # 13. How odd!
    Love Di

  7. WOW that is alot of info! and lots of pics from walmart…the “kiss” mask is scary! and I would want to see a coffin made of nut shells!

    I will have to learn more about Thursday 13! I might learn something by participating
    thanks for the ideas on my antiques!

  8. Cool Stuff! I don’t think I’ve ever seen a nutshell coffin and am going to investigate… I imagine it could be very pretty. And, dunno, I might like to think of people saying about me “Well, that’s her in a nutshell” LOL

    Happy Halloween Nessa!

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