What You Should Know About The Midterm Elections This November

By: Zach C.

The midterm elections this year fall on November 4th, the same date as the presidential elections. All eligible voters can vote for senate, governor, and the representatives in their district. The two senators’ positions are up for grabs every six years, even though there is no limit to their time in office. Representatives from Illinois serve two year terms, and the governor serves a four year term. This year, the republican Bruce Rauner is running for governor against the current incumbent, Pat Quinn, a democrat. This race currently is extremely close, with both polling forty three percent. In the senate race, Dick Durbin, who is currently in office is the primary democratic candidate. He will be running against Jim Oberweis, who won the republican primary elections. Durbin is currently polling higher, but the elections will show who will serve with Mark Kirk. In our district, the 59th district, Carol Sente and Leslie Munger are running for state representative. No matter how many hate ads, or misinterpreted quotes there are, the democratic system will choose great candidates, and our magnificent state will have new representation for the citizens of Illinois.

How senators are elected: https://www.senate.gov/artandhistory/history/common/briefing/Direct_Election_Senators.htm

Random Facts About Halloween

By: Sarah Z.

  1. Turnips were used to make the first Jack O’Lanterns.
  2. “Butter cream candies” and “chicken feed” were what they called candy corn back then, because corn was commonly used as food for livestock.
  3. On Halloween, a full moon is very rare. The last full moon was in 2001 and the next one is in the year 2020.
  4. Poor people in Britain would beg for soul cakes, a sweet-bread treat, and pray for dead relatives in return in the Middle Ages. This was instead of going door to door for candy like modern Americans now take part in.
  5. Six-hundred million pounds of candy a year is purchased  by Americans during Halloween. This is the same weight as 16 billion fun size Snickers bars or 158 trillion individual Candy Corns.
  6. The fear of Halloween is called Samhainophobia.
  7. The fastest time to carve a face into a pumpkin is 20.1 seconds, accomplished by David Finkle from the United Kingdom; according to The Guinness Book of World Records.
  8. Belleville, Illinois banned trick-or-treating for kids over 12 in 2010. People who do not follow the law, can face fines from $100 to $1,000 for going door-to-door.
  9. Dark and milk chocolates can last up to two years if kept in a dry, odor-free place. Hard candy can last up to a year; while unopened packages of candy corn can last nine months.
  10. Most of a pumpkin is made of water.

Halloween Jokes and Riddles

By: Anita Y.

  1. How did the monsters win the football game?        They kicked a field ghoul.
  2. What did the monster eat for lunch?                       Chicken noodle souls.
  3. What did the zombie weather man say?                  It’s ghoul outside.
  4. Why didn’t the skeleton go to the scary movie?     He didn’t have the guts.
  5. Why are mummies so tense?                                   Because they’re all wound up.
  6. Why did the zombie have a headache?                    Because he was GOBLIN his candy.
  7. What is the scarecrows favorite fruit?                     STRAWberries.
  8. What do monsters use to clean their hair?               Sham-boo.
  9. Why do witches fly on brooms?                              Because vacuums are too heavy

Mistakes in Disney Movies

By: Natalie Attia

  • In Toy Story 1 When Andy leaves with Molly, he leaves her crib railing down. However, the crib railing is mysteriously pushed back up in the scene of Woody announcing “the coast is clear.”
  • In Toy Story 2 During the second half of the film, Al wears a green shirt. However, he is seen wearing his red shirt for the time of one shot while he is driving to the airport with the toys chasing him.
  • In Ratatouille right before Chef Skinner exits the kitchen in an attempt to stop the soup from being delivered, there’s no ladder to the right of the door. When Skinner enters the kitchen after exiting, a ladder appears next to the door.
  • In Monsters University, Mike and Sulley met in college. But at the beginning of Monsters, Inc., Mike told Sulley “You’ve been jealous of my good looks since the fourth grade pal.”
  • Before Flynn cuts off Rapunzel’s hair, there is a shot where he strokes her hair behind her ear and he doesn’t have a shackle on his arm. But in the next shot the shackle reappears. This is in Disney’s movie Tangled.

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