My First Ear Buds : Realme Techlife Buds T100

So I have never had a wireless earphones before. Or ear buds as they are actually called. I have been thinking about getting one for a long time but I just never got one. Having bought a new phone 3 weeks ago, I thought maybe it’s finally time. So after checking for a few days, and finding one that isn’t expensive, and from a trusted brand.

Realme is a reliable brand so when I found this one, I decided to buy it on Sunday night and it was delivered an hour ago. It’s very clear and fits perfectly well and I am rocking out to some Joe Satriani tunes as I type this.

Here are some of the features:

  • With Mic: Yes
  • Bluetooth version: 5.3
  • Wireless range: 10 m
  • Battery life: 28 hrs | Charging time: 1.30 hrs
  • 10mm Dynamic Bass Driver for Real HD Sound & AI ENC for Calls
  • Up to 28hrs Total Playback with Fast charging – 10min charge for up to 120min playback
  • Gaming Mode with 88ms Super Low Latency & Google Fast Pair Instant Connection

9 Fun Facts About The Whopper From Burger King!

It predates the Big Mac

By more than ten years, as a matter of fact. While McDonald’s and Burger King have both been around since the 1950s, Mickey D’s didn’t introduce the Big Mac until 1968. The Whopper, meanwhile, debuted in 1957, when co-founder Jim McLamore noticed that a rival burger joint was having success with an extra-large burger. He chose the name “Whopper” to automatically conjure thoughts of something big.

Its original price was 37 cents

Ah, how times have changed; when the Whopper first debuted in the 1950s, it would only set you back 37 cents, according to Politico. Today, you’ll get one for an average of $4.19. In celebration of the burger’s 55th anniversary in 2012, the price did drop back down to 55 cents for a brief time. Well, sort of—it was a buy-one-get-one deal.

Whopper or Big Mac?

This seems to be the primary question that American burger aficionados are most inclined to argue about, simply because these are the two most popular burgers at their respective franchises. But in actuality, it’s not an apples to apples comparison. The Whopper, with its quarter-pound patty, is actually much more similar to a McDonald’s Big N’ Tasty, a 1997 addition. Burger King had introduced a Big Mac equivalent with two patties called “the Big King,” also in 1997. Despite each brand’s not-so-veiled attempts to recreate the competitor’s signature sandwich, the primary rivalry between the Whopper and the Mac continues to this day.

It temporarily couldn’t call itself a “Whopper” in one U.S. city

The Burger King franchise ran into a little trouble when it first tried to expand into the San Antonio, Texas, area. A totally separate, unaffiliated chain called “Whopper Burger” held all rights to the name “Whopper” in that area. And this copyright snag actually successfully kept the King out of San Antonio for several years—for the most part. My San Antonio reports that there was, temporarily, a BK open in San Antonio, but it couldn’t drop the W-bomb in any of its advertising. It had to call its famous burger the “Deluxe,” and it didn’t last very long. The dispute was resolved in 1983, when the widow of Whopper Burger’s owner sold the franchise to Pillsbury, who also owned Burger King at the time.

There was once a Halloween version with a black bun

If you’re saying, “Wait, wasn’t it green?” you’re recalling Burger King’s bizarre introduction of a green-tinted “Nightmare King” burger for Halloween 2018. But that wasn’t the chain’s first strangely colored Halloween special, nor was it actually a Whopper. The first oddly colored burger that Burger King introduced, at least to its American customers, came in 2015 with the announcement of the “A1 Halloween Whopper“—a special edition that used A1 Steak Sauce to spook-ify the bun.

Say cheese!

If you’re a Cheesehead living near Green Bay, Wisconsin, you’re one of the lucky few who may have had the chance to try out the latest variation on the Whopper. Last fall, six different Wisconsin locations sold an extra-cheesy Green Bay Whopper with a *whopping* eight slices of American cheese. The Green Bay Whopper was available until December 2.

Whopper, hold the meat, please

As of April 2019, Burger King announced that it would be introducing a
 meatless Whopper. No, we’re not kidding—the meatless Whopper will be made with a vegetarian patty supplied by start-up Impossible Foods. The Impossible Whopper, as it will be called, will first be rolled out to 59 Burger Kings in the St. Louis area, according to the New York Times. If consumers like those meatless burgers, we can expect to see the Impossible Whopper expand into every Burger King in the nation.

There was an “Angry” version at one point

In 2009, Burger King released a limited-edition burger called the “Angry Whopper.” In addition to all of the usual Whopper components, this burger also had spicy crispy onions, pepper jack cheese, jalapeños, and a spicy “angry sauce.” Some consumers thought that it wasn’t spicy enough to merit the “angry” descriptor, but that didn’t stop BK from releasing a follow-up: The “Angriest Burger,” with a red-tinged, hot sauce-infused bun, was introduced in 2016.

The Whopper Jr. was a happy accident

In 1963, Luis Arenas-PĂ©rez was opening up a Burger King restaurant in the Puerto Rico municipality of Carolina. PĂ©rez discovered that the shipment of molds for the Whopper buns from the United States hadn’t arrived in time for the grand opening. So he decided to improvise, using the regular-size buns and calling the creation the “Whopper Jr.” The name and the product stuck, and PĂ©rez’s quick thinking and lasting impact on the company earned him a spot in the Burger King Hall of Fame.

Six Facts About The Amazing Amelia Earhart

She was only the second person to fly solo across the Atlantic
 ever

Amelia Earhart is best known for being the first woman to complete the feat, but it wasn’t like a whole slew of men had accomplished the task before her. She was only the second person ever to do it! The first was Charles Lindbergh, who made the flight in May 1927. Earhart did it in May 1932. She completed the flight in just shy of 15 hours.

The first time she saw an airplane, she was unimpressed

After Earhart’s disappearance, several of her diary entries were published as a book called Last Flight. In one, she recalls the first time she ever saw an airplane. She was ten years old, visiting a state fair in Iowa. She remembers seeing “a thing of rusty wire and wood” that “looked not at all interesting.” Even after someone standing nearby told her that the contraption could fly, Earhart still admitted that she was more impressed with the fancy hat she had just purchased. Little did young Amelia know what the future held.

She wasn’t quite as ahead of her time as you might think

While the playing field in the 1920s and ’30s was far from even, Earhart was not actually the only successful female pilot of the time. Several of her contemporaries were also women who were just as good, if not better, fliers than she. Louise Thaden, for instance, set new records for women’s speed, altitude, and solo-endurance flying in 1929 and remains the only pilot to hold all three records at the same time. Another pioneer, Ruth Nicols, set women’s flight records for speed, altitude, and distance two years later. Earhart was, however, the first female pilot to gain such wide notoriety. Her contemporaries definitely count as amazing women in history that you may not have heard of.

She was hand-picked for the feat that would make her famous

After Charles Lindbergh’s trans-Atlantic flight, publisher George Putnam hoped to duplicate the success and massive media attention that Lindbergh had enjoyed. His opportunity came when a socialite named Amy Phipps Guest bought a small passenger plane with the hopes of becoming the first woman to be flown across the Atlantic. (She was not a pilot.) But her parents refused to let her take such a risky journey. So Guest turned to Putnam, requesting that he find “the right sort of girl” to make the trip in Guest’s stead. Putnam chose Amelia Earhart, capitalizing on her existing passion for flying as well as her resemblance to Lindbergh. He fed the press a nickname for her—”Lady Lindy”—that would become widespread.

She set three impressive records in the same year

In the first five months of 1935, Earhart became the first person—not just woman—to make three impressive flights. That January, she flew 2,408 miles from Honolulu, Hawaii, to Oakland, California, the first person ever to do so alone. In April, she flew from Los Angeles to Mexico City; less than a month later, she flew from Mexico City to Newark. None of those flights had ever been made alone before, by a man or a woman. You go, girl!

She may actually have survived her final flight

Tragically, Amelia Earhart’s fame is bolstered by her mysterious disappearance in 1937. Accompanied by her navigator, Fred Noonan, she set out to fly around the entire world. But on July 2, after the pair set out on the final leg of their trip, which would take them across the southern Pacific Ocean, the plane simply vanished. Though the government conducted a massive search—the most expensive of its kind at the time—no trace of them or their plane was ever found.

This, of course, led many people to theorize that she had actually survived. In July 2017, a mysterious photo was discovered, appearing to show Earhart and Noonan on the Japanese-controlled island of Saipan, that seemed to prove those theorists true. However, the photo has no date, and its legitimacy has been seriously questioned, just like these other conspiracy theories still floating around about Amelia Earhart’s disappearance.

Adding Colour To Your Home During The Monsoon

In case of heavy rains, simply sitting at home and doing nothing might make you feel dull. Similarly, brighten up your mood by changing the colours of your interiors.

Psychologically speaking, bright colours do brighten up your mood and bring a lot of happiness. So, use pops of brighter colours to highlight certain corners of your home. If painting the house seems challenging, you can use brightly coloured cushions or throw in some colourful rugs to liven up your space. It’s believed that if you dress yourself in bright and happy colours, you tend to feel the same way. It would be totally recommended to get all those bright yellows and hot pinks out and flaunt them in all the ways you can. You can also go for those colours which you thought are just too over the top. This is exactly the time to ditch on your dull clothes and experiment a bit.

Fun colours you could try this monsoon season:

Orange and Yellow – Creates a lively ambience.
Mint and Green – Soothes and calms the soul.
Turquoise – Is a luxurious choice for the monsoon.
Purple and Pink – Represents royalty and luxury.

Give your interiors a fresh vibe by adding colourful cushions, paintings, table lamps, vases, and other items. Use colour therapy to take away those monsoon blues.

Tim Hortons Finally Comes To India – A Little Bit Of Canada In India

Finally atleast part of one of my dreams is coming true. There are several fast food & coffeeshop chains from the Western world that I have not tasted and wish to have them come to India. Some UK, American & Canadian ones. Now in terms of Canada, I wish I could actually move there. Now that’s another story but when it comes to Canadian brands, they don’t come as big or iconic as Tim Hortons. And they are coming to India.

Tim Hortons, a coffee brand established in 1964 in Canada, will enter India as part of an exclusive agreement with AG CafĂ©, a joint venture entity owned by Apparel Group, a global fashion and lifestyle retail conglomerate and Gateway Partners, an emerging markets alternative investment manager.

Popular for its freshly prepared iconic beverages like the smooth and creamy ‘French Vanilla’ and its creamy blended frozen coffee, the ‘Iced Capp¼’ along with made-to-order food and baked goods offerings, like the delicious bite-sized morsels of traditional donuts called ‘Timbits¼’, Tim Hortons will open in New Delhi this year, quickly followed by Punjab and other parts of the country. With over 50 years of coffee expertise, the brand has captured the hearts and taste buds of many.

India is one of the world’s fastest-growing markets for specialty coffee retail chains. The growth can be attributed to the changing lifestyle of the young population, rising disposable income, and a keenness to explore global experiences. With this launch, India will become the brand’s fourth country in the Asia Pacific region, and plans to open over two hundred and fifty outlets over the next five years. Tim Hortons India will be led by Navin Gurnaney, an experienced and reputed professional who will serve as the  company’s India CEO. He was previously the CEO for Starbucks India. 

Paul & Mike’s SIMBA STOUT BEER CARAMEL CHOCOLATE

Named after two Latin American fine cocoa farmers, Paul And Mike would love to show you how great fine flavour chocolate can be. They believe that the purest chocolate doesn’t have to be bitter. And that everyone deserves great chocolate.  Headquartered in Kochi, Kerala (my hometown) they grow and ferment cocoa on their own farms in Kochi and Coimbatore. Also, they source wet cocoa beans from progressive farmers in Kerala and Andhra and take care of the entire post-harvest operations. The chocolate making unit is based in Kochi, just a km away from their cocoa farm. I’ve been seeing a lot of their brand on websites, Instagram and Facebook and I just had to try them out.

Simba is a craft beer company in India started in 2016 and selling their wares in Goa, Delhi, Bangalore, Assam & Kolkatta. Simba’s Stout is a dark and creamy beer with notes of rich espresso and cacao which we have blended with dark caramel and wrapped in Paul & Mike’s signature Farm to Bar dark chocolate. Simba Stout is actually India’s first bottled craft stout. Paul & Mike in collaboration with Simba Beers bring you a specially crafted chocolate for the beer lover in you. Combining dark beer, dark caramel and dark chocolate- genius! Shaped like beer bottles, the chocolate exterior hides the mouthful of stout inside it’s hollowed middle and oh my gods, you are not ready for that burst of stout that hits the insides of your mouth and tongue when you first bite into it. Really awesome!

I must rate this chocolate an 8.5 outta 10!

Getting A SmartWatch As A Gift : Zebronics ZEB-FIT6220CH

The digital revolution has brought many health devices to our shores including a fitness band. I am getting this one as a gift from my employers. This fitness band is called Zebronics ZEB-FIT6220CH, which has Bluetooth v5.0 syncing feature along with a undefined battery. It has real-time Sp02, blood monitoring, heart rate monitor. It comes with 8 sports modes, 7 days of data storage, dual menu UI, 100 pre-built watch faces so you can choose or customize it according to your liking or preference. Get your fitness groove on without the worry of splash and spills as the ZEB-FIT6220CH smart fitness watch is IP68 water-resistant. Inside the box the users get Fitness Band, User Manual, Warranty Card. The display type is TFT LCD and this fitness band charges fully in Up to 2 Hours.

Highlights

  • Large square display
  • Functional crown
  • Oxygen saturation SpO2 monitor, Blood pressure monitor, heart rate monitor
  • Call function
  • Voice assistant support
  • IP67 Waterproof
  • 8 sports modes
  • 7 days of data storage
  • Dual menu UI
  • 100 pre-built watch faces

Wordle: The Simple Word Game That Has Gone Viral

A simple word game that’s gone viral in 2022, with many people looking for what Wordle is and how to play the game. You might have seen those tiny red, amber and green tiles shared on the group chat or posted on social media and wondered what it could be.  Wordle is an online 5-letter word game. Each day a new word is released and players have six attempts to guess what the word of the day is. During the guesses, tiles will change colour to help players get the word. A grey letter means it isn’t in today’s word, whilst a yellow letter signals it is in the word but in the wrong position. Then there’s the green letter which means it’s in the word and in the right place.

Players select letters of the alphabet on the virtual keyboard and enter them into the 5 blank tiles. When they’re happy with their 5-letter word guess, they press the submit button. This then checks the word and lets you know if your word or some of the letters are correct. If it’s completely right – the full 5 letters turn green. If you correctly guess the word within the 6 attempts, then you win the game. If you win two days in a row or more, you automatically receive a winning streak. This keeps rolling over, unless you fail to guess the word one day and the streak is broken. 300,000 players reported at the beginning of January. It’s now believed that over 2 million users are playing Wordle globally.

The Captain James T Kirk In The Captain’s Chair Funko Pop

This Star Trek: The Original Series Captain Kirk in Chair Funko Pop! Vinyl Figure measures approximately 3 3/4-inches tall. Comes package in a window display box. Your collection of Star Trek: Original Series isn’t complete without Pop! Captain Kirk seated in the captain’s chair. Enlist Pop! Captain Kirk and the rest of the crew to serve in your Star Trek collection. I have ordered mine on 4th Jan and just received it today. I will do the unboxing later.

The Star Trek collection can’t explore the final frontier and discover new civilizations without its captain and crew! Funko is here to help you recruit your Starfleet personnel as Pop! vinyl figures for your Star Trek: The Original Series collection. There’s Pop! Captain Kirk in Chair, Pop! Khan, Pop! Kirk (Mirror Mirror Outfit), Pop! Spock (Mirror Mirror Outfit), Pop! Sulu (Mirror Mirror Outfit), and Pop! Uhura (Mirror Mirror Outfit). Capture and commemorate some of the most iconic moments of the original series for your set today! The Funko exclusive in this collection is Pop! Spock with cat. Pop! Gorn with weapon is a Target exclusive.

Origami : The Japanese Art Of Folding Paper

One popular practice that has left a particularly extensive paper trail across the globe is origami, the art of paper folding. Though most closely tied to Japan, origami also has roots in China and Europe. ts name derives from Japanese words ori (“folding”) and kami (“paper”). Traditional origami consists of folding a single sheet of square paper (often with a colored side) into a sculpture without cutting, gluing, taping, or even marking it. ts name derives from Japanese words ori (“folding”) and kami (“paper”).

Traditional origami consists of folding a single sheet of square paper (often with a colored side) into a sculpture without cutting, gluing, taping, or even marking it. Origami works often featured flowers, birds, and other nature-based motifs. These subjects are also prevalent in contemporary origami, which remains true to the traditional Japanese practice in all ways but one: originally, the practice allowed artists to strategically cut the sheets of paper. Today, however, true origami is sculpted entirely through folds—an attribute the Japanese adopted from Europe.

First time I even heard or seen origami was in the mid 90s in an episode of The X-Files. Ever since then I have admired them and hoped that I could try them out myself. I am not the most artistic person in the world – ok I stink at arts stuff. But I am gonna try it out. I have just placed an order for some origami paper, multiple colours, on Amazon. There are lots of tutorials I can find on websites and Youtube. I think I am gonna start a new hobby.

It can’t hurt to try it out, can it?

ROSHAN’S ELEVEN: Eleven Fun Things To Do On Halloween

Decorate cookies or cupcakes : It’s not Halloween without an abundance of sweets, right? Gather your kids, invite over neighbors, or host a bunch of your friends for a night of decking out cookies or cupcakes (or both!) with icing spiderwebs, candy corn graveyards, and marshmallow ghosts. Keep it outdoors and/or masked if your group includes both vaccinated and unvaccinated people.

Paint (or Carve) Pumpkins : It’s never too late to decorate pumpkins—even on Halloween night. If you’re stuck inside (or prefer to stay inside), spend the spookiest night of the year trying some no-carve pumpkin ideas. Kids love it, and it’s way less messy than carving pumpkins.

Host a Wine and Candy Tasting Party : Oh, yes, you read that correctly. We know exactly which wines to pair with which classic Halloween candies, and you’re going to want to invite over some friends for a very serious, very sophisticated wine-and-candy tasting, fit for a sommelier (well, maybe).

Have a Halloween Movie Marathon : Whatever your pleasure—funny, nostalgic, or absolutely bone-chilling—Halloween movies on Netflix are definitely in order if you’re staying in this October 31.

…or Go to the Movies : No need to watch a scary or festive movie if you’re not interested. You might just want to get away from the Halloween mayhem altogether—in which case, head to the movies (we might suggest a drive-in this year). Plus, even if you’re not a Halloween fanatic, you can still take advantage of the annual excuse to enjoy gobs of candy at the theater.

Curl Up With a Scary Book : On your own this Halloween? Set the mood by lighting a bunch of candles, grabbing a glass of mulled wine or hard cider, and curling up with a blanket and spooky page-turner. Need book recommendations? Here are a few of our favorite psychological thrillers and mysteries to inspire your Halloween read.

Mix Up Some Halloween Cocktails : Who says Halloween can’t be for the grownups? You may be living on your own now and wondering how to celebrate Halloween last-minute, right from your own house or apartment. Invite your pals over (or set up a virtual happy hour) and whip up a batch of Halloween-themed cocktails everyone will love. (They’re perfect for sipping on while the kids decorate cookies and pumpkins, too!)

Make S’mores : There’s nothing like toasting marshmallows over an open fire on a cold, October night (read: s’mores aren’t just for summer campfires!). If you and your family aren’t all sugared out by the end of the night, this iconic fall activity is the perfect thing to do on Halloween. No campfire handy? You can easily make s’mores in your oven.

Hand Out Candy to Other Trick-or-Treaters : You can still get in on the trick-or-treating action if you’re not going door to door yourself. Make sure you’re stocked up on Halloween candy and pass out goodies to the little neighborhood ghosts and goblins who ring your doorbell.

Have a Game Night : Whether you’re with the kids or adult friends, game night is always a good idea—but especially on Halloween. It could be as simple as playing a favorite board game, word game, or card game, but you could also hop on the Fright Night train and host your own Murder Mystery game night or plan a spooky scavenger hunt around the house, backyard, or neighborhood.

Costume Fashion Show : If you and the kids can’t make it around the block to trick-or-treat this year, let them wear their costumes at home anyway to keep the Halloween festivities alive. (We even have ideas for Halloween costumes with masks if you’re celebrating with a small group at someone’s home.) Set up a Halloween costume fashion show right in the living room or yard so your kids still get to show off their outfits, take photos, and get in the spirit.

6 Things You Can Do With Pumpkins During Autumn

Pumpkins are synonymous with the fall season, the months of September-October-Novemmber, Halloween and Thanksgiving in both Canada & the US. You cannot pass by houses, stores and buildings without seeing fall or Halloween decorations with pumpkins being one of the dominant pieces in the display. Here are 6 things you can do with pumpkins:

1.Decorate with them : The perfect pumpkin may very well not need anything done to it at all! Set beside a fall decoration, a bale of hay or even a whole set of decorating pumpkins (come see our selection!) your pumpkin will look perfect on a porch or in your yard.

2. Carve it : We all love carving pumpkins and playing with the gooey inside. So, break out that old carving set and get to work! Bonus points here if you turn your carved pumpkin into a jack-o-lantern.

3. Paint it : If you’re not so into the mess, painting your pumpkin is a good option. Pro tip: if you use glow in the dark paint you can create the illusion that you carved it!

4. Wax it : Now you might be confused. Wax it? Try melting some crayons down to liquid wax and dump the wax carefully over the pumpkin. You can make cool rainbow designs and have a unique pumpkin all of your own! Be careful letting the little ones do this on their own as the wax will be hot.

5. Cook with them : The best part about cooking with pumpkins is that you can actually use it as decoration for a while and then cook with it, so nothing goes to waste!

6. Pumpkin seeds : Have you ever thought about flavoring your pumpkin seeds? You can make them in so many different varieties! After you cook your pumpkin seeds, try salting them, adding brown sugar, or even Cajun seasoning. Whatever your favorite flavor is, we challenge you to try and make your pumpkin seeds with that flavor!

Fun Halloween Party Themes For Adults & Kids Alike

Now that Halloween is just around the corner, you might be trying to think up of interesting ways to host and have fun during this fun period. Here are some options you can try out other than just dressing up in a costume and taking the kids Trick ‘r’ Treating.

Murder Mystery Dinner Party : Who doesn’t love a good whodunnit story? For a memorable party theme, serve up a little mystery along with dinner. It’s a great way to keep guests engaged and entertained.

Spooky Skeleton Scavenger Hunt : Keep your little monsters entertained this Halloween by throwing a skeleton scavenger hunt party. Hide faux bones around your yard or house and send the kids out to find them all.

Backyard Horror Movie Night : Invite friends over for a backyard horror movie night this Halloween! (You could also screen It’s The Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown for a more kid friendly event.) All you need to create your own outdoor theater experience is a blank wall or sheet and a portable projector (you’ll hook it up to your laptop or another device). Set up comfy seating and DIY a creepy concession stand.

Haunted House Party : Break out the spooky decorations and music, and recruit some friends to help you with the scaring.

Spooky Supper Party : Invite your bravest friends for a frightening, adults-only dinner party. For the most spooktacular setting, decorate your dining room table with black linens, dishes, utensils, serving pieces, and candleholders, as well as few creepy curiosities, like your child’s stuffed animals and passed-down antique tchotchkes. Then to make things even eerier, serve and eat your scary dinner—vampire cocktails, mummy baked brie, eyeball pasta, bloody cheesecake—entirely by candlelight.

Halloween Craft Party : Both kids and adults alike will enjoy a craft-making party. You pick the project and provide the supplies and guests can bring a snack for everyone to enjoy.

Pumpkin-Carving Party : Get into the Halloween spirit by hosting a pumpkin-carving competition. Winner takes home a freshly baked pie. Check out our clever pumpkin carving ideas here.

Ideas from the Oprah Daily.com’s 40 Best Halloween Party Themes for Adults and Kids 2021

6 Unique Facts About Halloween

1. Some Halloween rituals used to involve finding a husband. During the 18th century, single ladies devised Halloween traditions that were supposed to help them find a romantic match. According to History.com, women would throw apple peels over their shoulder, hoping to see their future husband’s initials in the pattern when they landed. When they bobbed for apples at parties, it was said the winner would marry first. Most spookily, they even used to stand in a dark room, holding a candle in front of a mirror to look for their future husband’s face to appear in the glass.

2. Immigrants helped popularize the holiday in the U.S. When the Irish fled the potato famine in their country in the 1840s, they brought their Halloween traditions with them. The tradition spread, until the mischievous Halloween pranksters reached an all-time high in the 1920s. Some believe community-based trick-or-treating became popular in the 1930s as a way to control the excessive pranksters.

3. Sugar rationing during World War II halted trick-or-treating. Because of the shortage of sweet stuff, trick-or-treating wasn’t as big of a deal during WWII. After the rationing ended, it was all systems go on the candy-collecting front. Candy companies began launching advertising campaigns to cash in on the ritual and make sure kids were clamoring for their products to show up in their candy buckets and spare pillowcases.

4. There’s also traditional Halloween bread in Ireland. It’s called barmbrack or just “brack.” The sweet loaf typically contains dark and golden raisins, as well as a small hidden toy or ring. Similar to the classic king cake at Mardi Gras, tradition dictates that the person who finds the item will come into good fortune in the coming year.

5. Disney almost made Hocus Pocus a completely different movie. Everyone’s Halloween fav nearly didn’t become the icon it is today. The original title, Disney’s Halloween House, also went along with a much darker and scarier script, according to IMDB. Not only that, but Leonardo DiCaprio was courted to play teenage heartthrob Max Dennison, but he turned it down to appear in What’s Eating Gilbert Grape instead.

6. New York City throws the biggest Halloween parade in the U.S. On an average year, the event draws more than 2 million spectators and includes thousands of participants joining in the route along the way. It all began as the brainchild of Greenwich Village resident and puppeteer! Ralph Lee, who just wanted to throw a whimsical walk from house to house for his kids and their pals. When a local theatre got wind of it, they joined in and grew the event. It’s gotten bigger, more creative and more theatrical ever since.