I have a sort of a scary but true story for Halloween, a little vid and question.
Until fairly recently the ‘trick or treat’ thing didn’t happen here in the same way. People would go door to door but you had to say a little poem or something if you wanted anything.
However, unfortunately, due to the ever-blurring monoculture I can’t remember the form. The person whose house it was would say something when they opened the door but I can’t for the life of me remember what it was.
Anyone got any ideas?
Now the story. A different kind of scary story but scary nonetheless.
This story is about the old saying ‘a little knowledge can be a dangerous thing’.
When I was at school we were supposed to wear a uniform. As uniforms went it wasnt so bad. It was black, white and gold – the school next door had an all brown one and they used to take a fair amount of verbal abuse for it.
Anyway, I used to refuse to wear the uniform and so was always in trouble. However, because I usually did well in my classes I was never treated the way that some of the kids who were in different sorts of trouble were.
There was a long-sleeved t-shirt I used to wear quite often that was the cover of the newspaper on the day that MLK was shot.
One of the boys in this catholic school came up to me semi-outraged and said “what are you wearing that for – he is the one that invented protestants.”
That was about 17 years ago and I still don’t think I know how to respond to that!
Now the video – which is a sketch that hints at what I asked in the question but doesn’t answer it.