Halloween is now the second most popular holiday in the US. Only Christmas is more popular than Halloween. But it wasn’t always that way. Now people spend over 6 billion dollars every year on Halloween decorations, candy, costumes, and other Halloween items. But Halloween wasn’t even celebrated widely in the US until the late 1920s. And until the Scottish and Irish immigrants brought the idea of Halloween with them to the US it wasn’t celebrated at all. These days there are contest for the most elaborate and most creative Halloween light shows and people spend a lot of time and money to create terrifying scenes in their yards and homes. But all of that is relatively new in the American culture. Here are some more interesting facts about the celebration of Halloween in the US:
Trick or Treating became a part of the culture in the 1950s – Before the 1950s most people lived in cities where Halloween celebrations varied by neighborhood. After WWII people flocked to the suburbs where they had the chance to own a home and raise their children in green neighborhoods. It was during the 1950s that Trick or Treating became the institution that it is… Read More
I grew up watching The Twilight Zone every night. I remember it was on at midnight.
Few shows have had as big of an impact on culture as The Twilight Zone has had. The original show first aired in the late 1950s. It ran for five seasons, but went on to be rebooted twice as well to be spun off into a feature film, radio shows, and graphic novels. Even though the original show first hit the air over 60 years ago the themes and issues addressed in the original show are still relevant today. The show was the first to use science fiction as a vehicle to explore issues of humanity, and there are still shows and films that use the format created by Twilight Zone to continue that exploration. Twilight Zone creator Rod Serling has a permanent place in cultural history for both his ground breaking TV show and the now infamous voice over that he did for the opening of each show: Read More
Genre shows like Fox’s surprise hit Sleepy Hollow are the newest trend in TV. When Fox commissioned the first season of Sleepy Hollow the original order was just for 13 episodes. For a new show 13 episodes is pretty standard, although some shows aren’t even given that much of a chance to prove themselves. When The Walking Dead, one of the biggest hits in TV history, was originally aired there were only six episodes of the show. Taking a chance on a rather obscure genre show paid off big for Fox. Sleepy Hollow is now the highest rated scripted show on the network. Fox needed a ratings boost because ratings for some of the network’s previous hits have been steadily dropping. Glee, one of the network’s previous hits, has gone through a huge ratings drop after the death of fan favorite Cory Monteith.
Sleepy Hollow is one of several shows on TV right now that are rebooting fairy tales or fantasy tales for the modern world. NBC was the first to embrace this trend with Grimm. Grimm operates on the premise that the fairy tale monsters written about by the Brothers Grimm were actually real, living in the shadows of… Read More
Twitter is one of the most popular social networking sites on the Internet, and one of the top 10 most visited Internet sites each day. When Twitter was founded in 2006 the creators never would have predicted the massive success that Twitter has had. Twitter has changed the way that people communicate and allowed people all over the world to communicate in 140 character bursts. During uprisings in Egypt and other world events people were tweeting what was happening on their mobile phones and sending pictures of evens as they unfolded. Never before was the world able to witness history unfolding in that way.
Twitter also changed the way that businesses market their products and build relationships with customers. Web 2.0, which was ushered in by the popularity of sites like Twitter and Facebook, is all about having strong relationships with customers. Twitter gives companies the chance to connect directly with customers on a public platform. Now every major company employs people whose sole job is to field complaints and questions and address problems with customers on Twitter. Many customers appreciate the ability to get instant answers from a company rep without having to waste time going through a… Read More
Twinkies are back and people love them more than ever. After a long hiatus this iconic snack is back on store shelves. Many stores reported that the day Twinkies returned they sold out of the cakes entirely and have had a difficult time keeping on the shelves. The return of this snack that people remember so fondly from their childhoods is breaking records and making Twinkies a bona fide pop culture hit. You can expect to see a lot of Twinkie Halloween costumes this year because of the increased popularity of the dessert cake. Twinkie costumes can range from individual snack cakes to entire boxes of the treat.
Twinkies have been a part of culture for a long time. In the cult favorite film Zombieland Twinkies are a major plot device that are featured prominently throughout the film. But being a part of the fabric of popular culture didn’t save Twinkies when Hostess fell into financial difficulty. In fall of 2012 Hostess, who made Twinkies and other snack treats that millions of people grew up eating in their lunches and after school, announced it was bankrupt. Hostess was forced to close and to stop making Twinkies and many of the… Read More
References to the Illuminati are everywhere in modern culture, and spread throughout history too. But is the Illumaniti real? What is it? And does this secret group really lurk in the background of the most powerful decision making bodies in the world? There is no hard proof that the group still exists, but there is a lot of anecdotal evidence that suggests it does. One thing is certain. The Illuminati did exist during the Enlightenment.
In the early years of the Enlightenment small groups of people were gathering together all over Europe to discuss politics, philosophy, religion and other important topics. In Germany a professor named Adam Weishaupt formed a group he named the Illuminati in 1776. The original purpose of the group was to promote ideas that were considered radical at the time like free thought, free speech, secularism, and the equality of men and women. As the number of people in the group increased and they became more vocal conspiracy theories started to form that the Illuminati wanted to overthrow the government and the Church.
The king of Germany monitored the group and eventually sent in people to infiltrate the group because he was concerned about the group… Read More
2013 was a great year for movies. After a few years of movies not bringing in the kind of revenue that they were predicted to bring in the studios really stepped up their games and put out a lot of films that brought people back out into the theaters. There were a lot of bona fide hit movies that came out throughout the year from a variety of genres. There were comedies, action films, and dramas that all have the distinction of being high grossing films. Even though the best films of the year came from different genres they all had some common elements that contributed to their success like:
Originality – For a long time the studios put out cookie cutter style films that did well enough at the box office but weren’t smash hits. As the economy tanked and people got more selective about how they spent their extra money the studios were forced to come up with new film ideas to lure moviegoers out to the theaters instead of watching films at home. In 2013 original concepts like Oz the Great and Powerful, Identity Thief, The Great Gatsby and The Croods were interesting enough to get people… Read More
The new PlayStation 4 will be on everyone’s Christmas lists this year. Personally I have an XBox. I like how it can interact with Windows.
Just in time for the holidays Sony will be releasing the PS4, the newest version of its popular PlayStation console gaming system. Fans at Comic-Con this year got to see the new PS4 and got a full run down on the specs of the system as well as the release date. Sony has officially announced that the console will be in stores for the holiday season. Priced at $399 the gaming system is on the higher end of the gaming systems that are likely to be popular for the holidays but the many added features of the PlayStation 4 and the appeal of getting the newest system on the market are sure to make this one of the hottest and most requested gifts this Christmas season. Christmas season is a tough time to debut products because usually all of the leading electronics manufacturers drop products before Christmas. New iPhones and iPads are usually introduced just before the holiday season. So are new eReaders and other tablets. But gaming consoles are consistently the hottest… Read More
Did you check your Facebook this morning? Millions of people do. Millions of people check it more than once a day. Some people even stay on Facebook all day long sending messages, chatting, and sharing photos. Facebook is the most successful social networking site and it has changed the way that people interact socially forever. Critics of Facebook say that using social networking has taken away human interaction that people need. Advocates of Facebook say that it keeps families and friends connected while also giving people a broader view of the world. Realistically it does both of those things.
There’s no question that Facebook is a great tool for people to use in order to stay in touch. It can enhance existing relationships because friends and family member don’t need to spend a lot of time catching up when they do get together outside of Facebook. For example, uou don’t have to explain to your friend or cousin how your child’s birthday party went when they saw all the photos and the videos on Facecbook. But Facebook also makes it easy to just interact with people who share your own beliefs and world views, which can make Facebook a little… Read More
It is FREAKY when I realize that Rocky Horror Picture Show is almost 40 years old! I still can’t get enough of it!
The Rocky Horror Picture Show is one of the most successful films in history but it was never a Hollywood blockbuster. It’s a cult classic that is still being shown in theatres today, nearly forty years after it was originally released. The film was released in 1975 as a dark comedic tribute to the B films that were so popular in the 50s. The film was made to resemble a campy science fiction film from the 40s or 50s. It was based on a stage musical and the movie incorporated some of the songs and some of the cast from the musical.
Over the years people started interacting with the film when it was shown by shouting at the screen, singing along, and dressing up as the characters from the movie and acting out the film as it showed on screen. The Rocky Horror Picture Show is the undisputed most successful midnight movie in history. Even today the film is shown at midnight, usually on Friday or Saturday nights, all over the world. At Halloween time… Read More