Monday, 29 October 2012

Debunk a Halloween Myth

The Spark:
Black cats weren't always the butt of superstitions, fear, and even considered bad luck.  In fact, in early Egyptian times, cats were the rock stars of the animal world; to kill one was considered a capital crime. It was only in the middle-ages that they began to be associated with so-called witches.  Oh my!  The hysteria of witches practicing black magic had just hit Europe and alley cats were often cared for a fed by the poor lonely old ladies later accused of witchery.  

Folklore has it that a father and son had been traveling one moonless night when a black cat crossed their path and ran to hide under a crawl space.  They threw rocks at it until the helpless injured furry feline scurried out and into a woman's house who, at that time, was suspected of being a witch.  The next day, the father and son came across the same woman and noticed she was limping and bruised and believed that to be more than just a coincidence.  And thus, the belief of witches transforming themselves into black cats in order to prowl streets unobserved became a central belief in America during the Salem witch hunts.  Today, the association of black cats and witches may have faded somewhat even though images of black cats are still displayed from windows during Halloween celebrations.  

Today, cats are considered therapeutic animals.  Clinical studies have shown that cat owners are less likely to visit the doctor than dog owners and much less than non-pet owners!  

Super Natural Child: Superheroes ACTIVATE!  Are you interested in debunking a Halloween myth?  Start your quest to find out more.  Your quest begins with the question WHY?

Start Your Quest:
Why:  In order to debunk a Halloween myth.
What:  To go on a hunt for a 'mini-beast' (a tiny creature that may elicit the YUCK factor for you), make observations, write a fantastic story with a positive spin, about your new found 'mini-beast' friend.
Who:  You, your friends, and family
Where:  In your own backyard, in a patch of nearby nature, an abandoned lot, a meadow
When: Preferably before Halloween night but as soon as you can get yourself organized
How:  Find out below.  It's a S.N.CH.!  Or is it?

Take Action:

Go on a hunt for mini-beasts in a nearby patch of nature.

Find a mini-beast.  Make observations.  Where does it live, what does it do, how does it look, what is great about it?  
My personal all-time favourite mini-beasts are weevils!

Write an amazing story about your new mini-beast friend that tells how awesome it is.  For example, if I were to write a story about weevils I would call it:  Weevils Aren't Evil.

Don't Stop Here:
Keep on learning.  Keep researching and exploring your mini-beast to find out more positive elements about it.  You never know, it may turn into one of your passions in life.  If your have a hunch about something drop us an email and we'll do our best to give it a whirl and get back to you.

Quest Check:
Don't forget to keep checking back with us on a regular basis to see if your interests match our quests.

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