Maniac Pumpkin Carving

When did pumpkin carving become this elaborate thing that replaced the standard ol’ jack-o’-lantern? I feel like it’s only become popular in the last few years or so.

Don’t get me wrong, I welcome it, but it just seems that it suddenly came out of nowhere and now dominates my Facebook and Pinterest feeds this time of year. In fact, it’s become so popular these days that there are even companies who specialize in custom carvings.

This piece was created by Marc Evan from Maniac Pumpkin Carvers, and is based on artwork by NYC-based artist, Tara McPherson.

Source: GoPro

NASA’s Astronomy Picture Of The Day: A Spectre In The Eastern Veil

NGC 6995 The Bat with 5 filters RGB Ha OIII

From NASA:

Explanation: Frightening forms and scary faces are a mark of the Halloween season. They also haunt this cosmic close-up of the eastern Veil Nebula. The Veil Nebula itself is a large supernova remnant, the expanding debris cloud from the death explosion of a massive star. While the Veil is roughly circular in shape and covers nearly 3 degrees on the sky in the constellation Cygnus, this portion of the eastern Veil spans only 1/2 degree, about the apparent size of the Moon. That translates to 12 light-years at the Veil’s estimated distance, a reassuring 1,400 light-years from planet Earth. In the composite of image data recorded through broad and narrow band filters, emission from hydrogen atoms in the remnant is shown in red with strong emission from oxygen atoms in blue-green hues. Of course, in the western part of the Veil lies another seasonal apparition, the Witch’s Broom.

Image Credit & Copyright: Ken Crawford (Rancho Del Sol Observatory)

Kid Rock Surprises Man With Down Syndrome On His Birthday

No, no, no, he did not give the guy Down syndrome – now you’re just being silly.

Say what you will about the man’s music – never was a fan myself – but after watching this, it’s kinda hard not to believe Kid Rock is a pretty OK dude. For Dan’s 30th birthday, Rock shows up and surprises him by singing “Happy Birthday.” He then goes on to give the b-day boy a few gifts including a guitar that he signs. This brightened my day a bit.

Action starts at around 2:45 if you want to skip ahead to the juice.

Source: Colleen McGurk

H/T: SOAO submissions