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Halloween: Unknown facts that will surprize you about Night of the Dead!

Somewhere in between the departure of fall and the arrival of winter, Halloween is celebrated

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October 23, 2016: People of many countries continue to mark the beginning of the winter season with costumes, gatherings, and sweet treats. Somewhere in between the departure of fall and the arrival of winter, Halloween is celebrated which is considered the night of life, death, celebration, and superstition. Though people gather together and rejoice on the October 31, there are many who are still unaware about some of the basic facts about the night.

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Here are some of the unknown facts about Halloween-Night of the dead!

  • Halloween’s origin is thought to be related to the ancient Celtic festival of Samhain. The Celts lived in the area which is now known as Ireland.
  • They celebrated their New Year on November 1, which marked the end of summer and beginning of the dark, cold winter which was associated with death.

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  • They believed that on October 3, the night before the New Year, the walls between the worlds of the living and dead become blurred. And, ghosts return to earth.
Representational image. Pixabay
Representational image. Pixabay
  • The morbid fear of Halloween-Samhainophobia still exists. They are afraid of the night or the festival despite knowing that there is nothing to be afraid about.
  • Trick-or-treating was meant to pacify the roaming spirits. It came from the ancient Celtic tradition of putting out food to pacify roaming spirits.

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  • One-quarter of all the candy sold annually in the U.S. is purchased for Halloween.
Candies. Pixabay
Candies. Pixabay
  • Orange and Black are the colors of the night. Orange is the considered as the color of strength which also symbolizes the harvest of autumn whereas black symbolizes death or evil. These are the two things Halloween stands for.

– by Pinaz Kazi of NewsGram. Twitter: @PinazKazi

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Aadhaar Helpline Mystery: French Security Expert Tweets of doing a Full Disclosure Tomorrow about Code of the Google SetUP Wizard App

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Google’s admission that it had in 2014 inadvertently coded the 112 distress number and the UIDAI helpline number into its setup wizard for Android devices triggered another controversy on Saturday as India’s telecom regulator had only recommended the use of 112 as an emergency number in April 2015.

After a large section of smartphone users in India saw a toll-free helpline number of UIDAI saved in their phone-books by default, Google issued a statement, saying its “internal review revealed that in 2014, the then UIDAI helpline number and the 112 distress helpline number were inadvertently coded into the SetUp wizard of the Android release given to OEMs for use in India and has remained there since”.

Aadhaar Helpline Number Mystery: French security expert tweets of doing a full disclosure tomorrow about Code of the Google SetUP Wizard App, Image: Wikimedia Commons.

However, the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) recommended only in April 2015 that the number 112 be adopted as the single emergency number for the country.

According to Google, “since the numbers get listed on a user’s contact list, these get  transferred accordingly to the contacts on any new device”.

Google was yet to comment on the new development.

Meanwhile, French security expert that goes by the name of Elliot Alderson and has been at the core of the entire Aadhaar controversy, tweeted on Saturday: “I just found something interesting. I will probably do full disclosure tomorrow”.

“I’m digging into the code of the @Google SetupWizard app and I found that”.

“As far as I can see this object is not used in the current code, so there is no implications. This is just a poor coding practice in term of security,” he further tweeted.

On Friday, both the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) as well as the telecom operators washed their hand of the issue.

While the telecom industry denied any role in the strange incident, the UIDAI said that he strange incident, the UIDAI said that some vested interests were trying to create “unwarranted confusion” in the public and clarified that it had not asked any manufacturer or telecom service provider to provide any such facility.

Twitter was abuzz with the new development after a huge uproar due to Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) Chairman R.S. Sharma’s open Aadhaar challenge to critics and hackers.

Ethical hackers exposed at least 14 personal details of the TRAI Chairman, including mobile numbers, home address, date of birth, PAN number and voter ID among others. (IANS)

Also Read: Why India Is Still Nowhere Near Securing Its Citizens’ Data?