Thank you so much for letting us interview you, Meru. You have let us lift the cloak of mystery surrounding your game avatar, and we are happy to meet the real you, and get to know you better. We hope you may soon realize those goals you mentioned...moving out on your own and maybe some day getting to become a Marine Biologist.
Article by MsKonnan
HISTORY OF THE JACK O' LANTERN
Did You Know? The original jack-o'-lanterns were carved from turnips, potatoes or beets.
The Legend of “Stingy Jack”
Soon after, Jack died. As the legend goes, God would not allow such an unsavory figure into heaven. The Devil, upset by the trick Jack had played on him and keeping his word not to claim his soul, would not allow Jack into hell. He sent Jack off into the dark night with only a burning coal to light his way. Jack put the coal into a carved-out turnip and has been roaming the Earth with ever since. The Irish began to refer to this ghostly figure as “Jack of the Lantern,” and then, simply “Jack O’Lantern.”
The Magazine asked for submissions from the Clan Members showing your favorite carved pumpkins...Here are the ones you chose.
Article by MsKonnan
Do you feel dizzy just by looking at this photo?
Do you find this picture creepy?
An example of memento mori is provided by the chapels of bones, such as the Capela dos Ossos in Évora. These are chapels where the walls are totally or partially covered by human remains, mostly bones. The Capela dos Ossos was built in the 16th century by a Franciscan monk who wanted to prod his fellow brothers into contemplation and transmit the message of life being transitory. The famous warning at the entrance says, “We, the bones that are here, await yours."
History of Ghost Stories
Since ancient times, ghost stories—tales of spirits who return from the dead to haunt the places they left behind—have figured prominently in the folklore of many cultures around the world. A rich subset of these tales involve historical figures ranging from queens and politicians to writers and gangsters, many of whom died early, violent or mysterious deaths.
WHAT IS A GHOST?
The concept of a ghost, also known as a specter, is based on the ancient idea that a person’s spirit exists separately from his or her body, and may continue to exist after that person dies. Because of this idea, many societies began to use funeral rituals as a way of ensuring that the dead person’s spirit would not return to “haunt” the living.
Places that are haunted are usually believed to be associated with some occurrence or emotion in the ghost’s past; they are often a former home or the place where he or she died. Aside from actual ghostly apparitions, traditional signs of haunting range from strange noises, lights, odors or breezes to the displacement of objects, bells that ring spontaneously or musical instruments that seem to play on their own. Here are some stories and personal experiences
shared by our fellow clan mates.
So now I ask, do you believe in ghosts?
Article by LizBeth
~ by Lizbeth ~
1 (12-ounce) package semisweet morsels
1/2 cup creamy peanut butter
6 cups pretzel sticks[
Place parchment paper on baking sheet; set aside.
In a large glass microwave-safe bowl combine chocolate chips and peanut butter. Melt on high for 2 to 3 minutes. Remove and stir until smooth.
Stir in pretzel sticks. With clean hands grab pretzel sticks and drop on prepared baking sheet in clusters to look like spiders.
Place in freezer for 5 minutes or until to chocolate is hardened. Remove and serve.
12 chicken drumettes, skin on
1 teaspoon kosher salt, plus to taste
Freshly ground black pepper
3 slices sandwich sourdough bread, crusts trimmed, torn into pieces
1 clove garlic, roughly chopped
1/4 cup chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley leaves
2 scallions, green and white part, chopped
2 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
1/3 cup honey mustard
Hot sauce, optional
Preheat the oven to 450 degrees F or a convection oven to 425 degrees F.
Stand a drumette on its wide end and, holding the narrow bone at the top, use a paring knife to push and scrape the skin and meat downward to expose the bone and make a plump "lollipop" of chicken at the bottom. Repeat with the remaining drumettes. Season generously with salt and pepper and set aside.
Pulse the bread in a food processor to make coarse bread crumbs, (about 12 times). Add the garlic, parsley, scallions, 1 teaspoon salt, pepper, to taste, and continue to pulse until finely chopped but not a paste. Transfer the mixture to a shallow bowl and toss with melted butter.
Brush each drumette with some honey mustard. Then press and roll each one in the bread crumbs to coat. Arrange the drumettes (standing up if you can) on a rack set over a baking sheet. Roast until chicken is cooked and the bread crumbs are golden brown and crisp, 20 to 25 minutes. Serve drumettes hot or at room temperature with hot sauce, if desired.
Article by LizBeth
Something for clan mates to do to keep those grey cells active!
1. Johnny's mother had three children. The first child was named April. The second child was named May.
.....What was the third child's name?
2. There is a clerk at the butcher shop, he is five feet ten inches tall and he wears size 13 sneakers
......What does he weigh?
3. Before Mt. Everest was discovered,
...what was the highest mountain in the world?
4. How much dirt is there in a hole
.....that measures two feet by three feet by four feet?
5. What word in the English language
.....is always spelled incorrectly?
6. Billy was born on December 28th, yet his birthday is always in the summer.
......How is this possible?
7. In California, you cannot take a picture of a man with a wooden leg.
8. What was the President's name
9. If you were running a race,
.....and you passed the person in 2nd place, what place would you be in now?
10. Which is correct to say,
... "The yolk of the egg are white" or "The yolk of the egg is white"?
11. If a farmer has 5 haystacks in one field and 4 haystacks in the other field,
......how many haystacks would he have if he combined them all in another field?
Here are the Answers:
Article by MsKonnan
This year the annual Clan Cup of RuneScape saw the addition of a few new cups, including one close to home - the Quest Cup. Cireon was first on board for this and suggested that Clan Quest compete, a no-brainer right? After a lot of discussion about who would be representing our clan and finding out all the details regarding the two competitions within the Quest Cup, we formed our teams. The event itself began on the 8th of September and would officially end a week later on the 15th. Clans could choose to participate in either the Iron Choobs competition, the Quest Run competition, or both. Naturally, Clan Quest went for both! Each competition required a clan team of 5, being brand new accounts that had been invited into the clan. The two competitions in the Quest Cup are explained below.
The Iron Choob competition was exactly as the name suggests. Competitors were required to make brand new accounts that had to be free-to-play only, 'Iron Man' accounts. Each of the Iron Choobs had to try and complete every F2P quest, with the first clan whose team managed to do so and post on the completion thread (provided they abide by the rules) being declared the Iron Choob winner. Like mentioned before, these had to be Iron Man accounts, so no player trading, player assists or use of the G.E. was permitted, as well as no use of Treasure Hunter. The only exception would be Shield of Arrav, which needed players to trade shield and certificate pieces.
The other competition in the Quest Cup was the Quest Run. It differs from Iron Choob in that the five team members (separate team members from the Iron Choob team), had to be supplied bonds from the clan in order to become RuneScape members, and were allowed to receive player assistance and use G.E. and Treasure Hunter throughout the competition. The clan team who obtained the most quest points over the course of the whole week across the five competitors would be declared winner of the Quest Run competition.Our Quest Run team included Stick Man H (GrymmStick), Rerecros (Nub Rerecros), Sinistral (Lartsinis), Draziw (Nub Draziw), and myself (Alaska Nub). While each tried their best to reach high figures in our quest point count, we unfortunately fell shorter than some other clans. Nevertheless, the team was strong and achieved some amazing numbers despite real life and such inhibiting gameplay time. Well done to all of the Quest Run competitors for your outstanding work representing the clan.
So despite not winning the prizes, Clan Quest showed some fantastic skill in questing for this year's Clan Cup, and had a bit of fun on the side. A big THANK YOU to the members of both teams for dedicating time to the competitions and representing the clan. You did us proud, and I am personally am very thankful for your help in this. :D Thank you also to the helpers of this competition, Cireon, Sirapyro and MsKonnan in particular, and anyone else who contributed a little to organising and planning for the event. We'll be ready for next year's!
Article by Miss Alaska