Friday, October 29, 2010

"No Child Has Ever Been Killed By Poisoned Candy. Ever."

Yes, yet another thing "everybody knows" turns out to be without basis in fact.  Sigh.

Happy Halloween.  And it's not just that the candy is safe:

"...Elizabeth Letourneau, an associate professor at the Medical University of South Carolina, studied crime statistics from 30 states and found, 'There is zero evidence to support the idea that Halloween is a dangerous date for children in terms of child molestation.'

"In fact, she says, 'We almost called this paper, "Halloween: The Safest Day of the Year," because it was just so incredibly rare to see anything happen on that day.'"

Irrational fear of imaginary risk is paralyzing this country.  All of us barefoot runners are figuring this out pretty quick.  Word needs to spread.

(I'm posting this early so folks can enjoy Halloween on Sunday in peace.)