Try carving a pumpkin. Give it some eyes, a nose, and a creepy smile, and you might be able to make a Jack-O-Lantern for yourself. But did you know that these scary pumpkin faces are based on an urban legend? They say that a lazy, stingy, and shrewd farmer named Jack made a deal with the devil.
In one version of the story, Jack dealt his soul in exchange for a coin to pay for a tab. He successfully tricked the devil into turning into a coin. But Jack had other things in mind at that time. He carved a cross on the coin, trapping the devil inside. When the devil pleaded, they both struck another deal – Jack will get his soul back and will not be taken to Hell. Or something like that.
But Jack’s deal didn’t go the way he wanted. Jack first went to heaven but was not allowed to enter because he was a wicked man. He then went to Hell, but the devil won’t allow him in because of the agreement they both established. As a result, Jack’s soul had to wander the world for all eternity. And a gourd lantern was the only thing that could light his way in the land of the living.
Carved pumpkins are popular during Halloween because of this urban legend. Once carved, they look creepy and somewhat intimidating, but without a carved face, pumpkins are just fruits (yes, they are fruits). On their own, pumpkins are harmless, much less scary.
But the question is: why is the Australian shepherd pup (in the video below), incessantly barking at four inanimate pumpkins on the floor? Did he find something scary or suspicious with the four pumpkins? Or did he just think that the pumpkins should be herded the way sheep should be? Well, just like Jack’s legend, we won’t know for sure.
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