The story of Stingy Jack...

posted on 15th of september, 2009

Did you know that the Jack-o-Lantern was, originally, not a pumpkin but a turnip? Let me tell you the story...

Stingy Jack was a trickster and he was very mean. One day Stingy Jack tricked the devil into climbing an apple tree. Once the devil was on the tree Stingy Jack placed crosses around the tree trapping the devil. In order to be free the devil had to promise Stingy Jack not to take his soul when he died.

Years passed and Stingy Jack died. Heaven did not want him and the devil kept his promise leaving Stingy Jack to roam forever in the darkness, between heaven and hell. The devil gave Stingy Jack a spark from hell and Stingy Jack placed the spark inside a hollowed out turnip.

The Irish, whose tale this belongs to, used turnips, potatoes, rutabagas, gourds, and beets which they hollowed out to make room for a candle. When the Irish came to America they saw that the Pumpkin was larger and easier to carve so they used pumpkins for Jack-O-Lanterns. (Original story from The Pumpkin Nook)


Comments (10)

Posted by Jalama1 on September 19, 2009
Thanks everyone for your comments
Posted by Marilyngould on September 16, 2009
Interesting tale and a fun collection!
Posted by Creativei on September 16, 2009
Oh thats news to me, anyways thanks for the updates. And a great collection, good job
Posted by Fultonsphoto on September 16, 2009
Interesting, learn something new every day.
Posted by Littledesire on September 16, 2009
Nice story, I also didn't know it! Thanks for sharing!

Maen, did you sleep well?
Posted by Keki on September 16, 2009
did not know that!! thanks :))
Posted by smartview27 on September 16, 2009
beautiful story! also your images: very funny!
Posted by Goodcontent on September 15, 2009
Great story and images! Got to watch the tricksters
Posted by Jalama1 on September 15, 2009
Thanks Maen,
You are a fast sleeper!
Posted by Mani33 on September 15, 2009
ZZZZZZZZZZ I like stories before sleeping :P
Didn't know that one... Cheers :)

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