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Ski
29-10-2005, 05:34 PM
The apparent suicide of a woman found hanging from a tree went unreported for hours because passers-by thought the body was a Halloween decoration, authorities said.

The 42-year-old woman used rope to hang herself across the street from some homes on a moderately busy road late Tuesday or early Wednesday, state police said. The body, suspended about 15 feet above the ground, could be easily seen from passing vehicles…


What a joke..oh!! you Americans :p

GreenBug
29-10-2005, 08:33 PM
Seriously Ski, if it had been me driving past, I would also assUme it was some Halloween stuff....

Many years back, I was based in the southern Johor state and travelled bi-weekly to small towns like Rengit, Renggam and Jemaluang and what have you. It was normal to see some estate workers lying by the roadside piss-drunk from those 50-sen-a-packet compounded brandy sold widely then, with their Elswick bicycle next to them. :D

One day I drove pass a couple and two young kids next to their bicycle by the roadside and I assUmed then they were in Cloud 9 after consuming the compounded brandy. What a shock it was when I read the local papers the next day that they were victims of a hit-and-run lorry.... :eek:

mon
30-10-2005, 03:04 AM
I have to admit..I've 'enjoyed' Halloween with my brothers and sister when I was in the States but I'm not saying that it's totally harmless..There were celebration of all things spooky, ghostly, witchy...generally to scare the spooks out of everybody!

We were mild, we just got together to carve pumpkins in my dad's garage..My dad had a very young friend who drove around throwing eggs onto cars! There were those who even go to the extend of vandalizing people's houses with eggs and to smash those pumpkins so lovingly carved by children..

That being said, the american children love Halloween. They like being prince and princesses, they love the treats, and pretty much look forward to it for weeks. They would just go to houses of people they know (or don't know), ring the doorbell, over and over and over..for the trick-or-treat..

It would be nice..if Halloween was, just hanging out with family and friends and mutilating pumpkins..then they wouldn't need all the fear and mishaps..

mad1126
31-10-2005, 09:22 AM
I also think that celebrating haloween in states is so much fun. And I dun think most people in malaysia will realise today is haloween :cool:
If we walk along the street dressing like a mummy I wonder the police will detain us or not :D

EricK
31-10-2005, 10:52 AM
I also think that celebrating haloween in states is so much fun. And I dun think most people in malaysia will realise today is haloween :cool:
If we walk along the street dressing like a mummy I wonder the police will detain us or not :D

The thing is Halloween is not a a part of our cultural celebration. therefore there is no reason for us to be aware or to celebrate halloween. . but having said that, many will just take advantage or any excuse to have celebration :D

mon
31-10-2005, 09:13 PM
I also think that celebrating haloween in states is so much fun. And I dun think most people in malaysia will realise today is haloween :cool:
If we walk along the street dressing like a mummy I wonder the police will detain us or not :D


Not.. if you came out of TGIF Subang Parade. Just got out of there not too long ago. Lotsa blood (tomato ketchup i think), skeletons, mummy and ghostly figurines decorating the whole restaurant. Some small ones hanging on the ceiling fans. A little awkward smelling and eerie. But it didn't scare me. My friend maybe.

Good food though.

isarahim
01-11-2005, 12:52 AM
The thing is Halloween is not a a part of our cultural celebration.

Haloween is nowadays a Christian celebration, though it was originally appropriated from pagan origins.

The Americans got it - as usual - from the Brits (via Scottish and Irish immigrants). And - as usual - they completely misunderstood the original context and made business out of it.

The name is from Hallow's Eve. 'Hallow' is an old word for 'making something sacred'. In the Latin hemisphere it's often been called the Day of the Dead or similar.

It is interesting to note that the date 31 Oct - 1 Nov coincides with the original pre-Christian Celtic New Year. This is not actually a coincidence. The anglo-saxon world as well as the western European world was built upon an ancient celtic world. The new world absorbed most holidays from the old world.

mon
01-11-2005, 01:04 AM
Thank you for shedding a new understanding on the meaning of Halloween with us Isarahim. Good to know. :)

InfantYouth
04-11-2005, 11:52 PM
and there was me thinkin halloween was only meant to be a bit of fun... another corporate excuse to make some money. nice to know the truth