Halloween is almost here! For millions of people, it's their favorite holiday and it doesn't even get you a day off from work! The parties, the pumpkins, the candy and costumes are all part of the day... but remember it's all fun and games until somebody gets hurt carving their pumpkin! It's the most dangerous part of the holiday.
Halloween Danger -Not The Guy With The Axe
According to United Press International, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) reports (from admittedly dated sources) that between October and November 2018 in the United States, 44 percent of Halloween-linked injuries were connected with pumpkin-carving.
The CPSC reccomend when carving pumpkins, be sure to use carving knives or knives specifically designed for the task, be sure to carve in a clean, dry, and well-lit area, and be sure there is no moisture on the carving tools or your hands.
OK, pumpkin is carved, safety protocl are in place...now bring on the candy? Not so fast. Run the formula first, cuz you don't want to eat yourself to death! Sounds like something from a Halloween horror movie...but it could happen!
Can You Eat A Fatal Amount Of Candy?
The American Chemical Society says you’d need to eat close to 262 pieces of fun-sized Halloween candy or 1,627 pieces of candy corn, and you’d need to eat it “pretty consecutively and literally shove pieces of candy corn in your mouth" in order for either to kill you.
For the more morbid among us, here's how you work the formula. First a definition: LD stands for "Lethal Dose". LD50 is the amount of a material, given all at once, which causes the death of 50% (one half) of a test group. Now proceed ... you ghoul!
Multiply your weight in pounds by 13.5 and divide by 9.3. For candy corn’s LD50, divide everything by 1.5. These equations are meant to be a "fun guide", and researchers don’t recommend anyone try eating candy quantities exceeding their LD50. He adds that most people would not immediately die after eating so much candy, they would more likely get elevated blood sugar, or start vomiting. OK, good to know candy consumers. Shut'er down at around 12-hundred fun sized pieces or 200 pieces of candy corn in any one sitting!
What's The Fashion Foward Costume Choice?
One last Halloween hint for this weekend. USA Today says the number one costume choice for Halloween this year is the witch. (insert all ex-wife jokes here) see below for other options
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