Friday, October 27, 2006

Halloween Urban Myths

I just read this......About Halloween Urban Myths......

from David EmeryQUOTE OF THE WEEK: "

Along their way, the merry or mischievous trick-or-treaters, many dressed in scary garb rented from one of America's 2,581 costume rental stores, encounter much of the 998 million pounds of pumpkins produced annually in the United States. Illinois, with a production of 457 million pounds, leads the country. Pumpkin patches in California, Ohio, Michigan, Pennsylvania and New York also produce a lot of pumpkins: each state produces at least 70 million pounds worth. The value of all the pumpkins produced by these states is about $100 million a year." -- Robert Longley, Guide to U.S. Government Info
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