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My children, every year around this time, I show up here to extoll the virtues and glories of horror. I tell you that being scared -- and scaring others -- can feel great. I tell you that horror fiction is a great way to relieve stress and help control your own real-world fears. I tell you that Halloween's culture of subversion, disguise, and terror helps society blow off steam during stressful times. 

What we often forget is that Halloween and horror can also be fun -- and funny. I really hate Halloween cards and decorations that bleed the holiday down to adorable black kittens and jolly jack-o-lanterns, but some of my favorite Halloween entertainment and imagery are not really very scary. For example -- "The Nightmare Before Christmas," "Hocus Pocus," the "Addams Family" films, and the "Munsters" TV show aren't terrifying, even though they feature monsters and other characters that are traditionally scary.

You can get the same thing from other kinds of entertainment -- there's a nice…

A phonetic spelling of Australia as pronounced in a broad Australian accent. The word Straya is pronounced something like "stray-yah".

Depending on the context, the word might imply an affection for something seen as peculiarly Australian in nature; or contempt for something seen as peculiarly Australian in nature. It often serves as shorthand for the phrase "only in Australia". According to the rules of Australian language and culture, you can distinguish as follows:

There are four primary means of evaluating the strength of the two relative positions in a single game of chess:1 pawn structure, material, space, and initiative. I would argue that, while important to learn and essential to execute an opening, pawn structure empowers the triad of other characteristics rather than stands up an equal before them.…

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