About half of the chocolate in the U.S. comes from the Ivory Coast, where forced child labor on cocoa farms persists despite a decade of pressure on chocolate companies to implement better oversight.
Matthew McConaughey is afraid of revolving doors.
Although tricks and treats have been a part of Halloween tradition for ages, Oct. 31 didn't become a candy-centric holiday until the Fifties.
Harry Houdini died on Halloween in 1926 from a ruptured appendix due to a punch to the stomach from a fan (he was known for not feeling pain from such punches).
In the Seventh Century, Persian monks learned to refine sugar by boiling it with lime water and bullock's blood. They used the resulting sugar as a base for developing new medicines. When the Arabs invaded Persia, they developed a taste for candy and sweet Persian remedies, and they turned Sicily and Spain into sugar production centers. Enthusiasm for candy-based medicine spread across Europe.
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