FLATTMANN FILES “Quality Is No Accident”
Want to hear a scary joke just in time for Halloween? What’s scarier than going to the dentist? Being married to one! My wife Leigh and I celebrated our 16th wedding anniversary a few months ago and for 12 of those years, she has been a dentist. Leigh graduated first in her class from LSU Dental School and was part of the Katrina class (her last year was spent traveling around Louisiana working at dental clinics). During her career, Leigh has worked with children, teens, and adults in various practices. For the past year, she has been practicing at Foy Family Dentistry in Madisonville. She is meticulous and very gentle. Here are some of Leigh’s tips for Halloween: “Avoid the sticky, chewy, and hard candies, which tend to stay in the mouth longer. Choose chocolate! Also, let the kids enjoy the candy for 2–3 days, and then get rid of it. Either throw it out or donate.The same amount of candy does more damage to the teeth over 6 months than over a few days. Don’t forget to brush and floss before bed!” So, don’t be afraid of the dentist any longer. Dr. Flattmann will take good care of you and your family! FROM THE DESK OF Grady Flattmann
apples , bats & chicken feed S ecret O rigins of H alloween T raditions
What’s scarier than being at a Halloween party without a good costume? Being at a Halloween party without anything interesting to add, of course! Avoid this nightmare scenario by learning the fascinating history behind everyone’s favorite Halloween traditions.
WHERE DID ALL THESE BATS COME FROM?
Halloween decorations tend to rely on scary or supernatural themes. Cobwebs, skeletons, and ghosts crowd the scene, but there are usually a few bats in there as well. Compared to jangling skeletons, these little mammals aren’t that scary. While bats do risk carrying rabies, for the most part, bats are more likely to help people by eating mosquitoes than harm anyone. So why are they part of our creepy Halloween decor? Bats were associated with Halloween long before the first trick-or-treaters. When celebrating the ancient festival Samhain — a precursor to Halloween — the Celts lit huge bonfires. These fires attracted insects, which in turn attracted bats looking for a midnight snack. Bats came to be linked to Samhain and that tradition was carried into modern Halloween. Giving out apples instead of candy is a surefire way to get your house egged by angry trick- or-treaters. On a night that’s all about candy and sweets, how did we come to play a game involving fruit? Surprisingly, the old game of bobbing for apples has roots in some more romantic traditions. Bobbing for apples was a part fortune-telling game and part courting ritual in 18th century England. A young woman would write the name of her suitor on an apple and put it in a basin of water. If she could grab the apple in one bite, it meant that she and her suitor were WHAT’S UP WITH BOBBING FOR APPLES?
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