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Unlike pumpkins, which were NOT once used as jack-o’-lanterns?

11.04.13

Pumpkin_Pineapple_tAnswer: Pineapples

25%  answered  Potatoes
31%  answered  Pineapples
44%  answered  Beets

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Ms. QOTD

It was the Irish and English who invented jack-o’-lanterns several hundred years ago. Aside from pumpkins, such native plants as potatoes, beets, and even turnips were used. That said, the idea of a (Sponge-Bob-inspired?) pineapple-o’-lantern is cool—possible project for November?

At the very least, you have the opportunity to watch pumpkins become compost in the next few weeks.

In the meantime, a fuller explanation as to why the physics of light favors pumpkins is here:

http://www.lohdownonscience.org/podcast/optimal-optics-of-jack-o-lanterns/

And, for a fun scientific activity visit http://www.howtosmile.org/record/7256

swolepapi

This is Ramona !! Whoo whoo whoo

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