10 o’clock list: Ways to Transition Your October Pumpkins into November Pumpkins


Halloweekend is over and with it, October. One more day of October and then, just like that, it becomes November, the end piece of bread of months. Sure, Halloween hasn’t technically happened yet, but don’t pretend like you don’t know what’s coming. One night of orange ecstasy, and then you wake up and everything’s coming up beige. But your Halloween decorations still have some life in them–especially the pumpkins. There’s no reason to compost your round friends before their time, just because a holiday has ended. However, you have to adhere to the November dress codes, which means orange is out. Here are some ways to ready your decorate gourds for the months to come.

  1. Plant its seeds. We all know that your beautifully-carved jack o’lanterns didn’t survive Saturday night. With pumpkin smashers in full force, there’s no way that any gourd survived unscathed. But having a smashed pumpkin is no reason to give up on the seasonal decor dream. Find its scattered seeds and bury them deep in the earth. In the spring, when baby pumpkins start popping out of the ground like gophers, you’ll be patting yourself on the back.
  2. Baste it, get stuffing all up in there, then pop her in that oven. Don’t let your pumpkin rot away like some common street gourd. Put a little effort in for once in your life. Season her well then pop her in that beautiful NCA oven you won in the housing lottery. You won’t regret it.
  3. Put her in the Peirce atrium. She’ll be so lonely, all by herself outside your apartment while you go to class every day. She’s such a social girl–she deserves to run around and play with other pumpkins. You’ve been a good friend to her, but everyone needs more than just one friend. And you’ll still see her every day, wouldn’t you like that? On your way into the servery for your daily dose of HBTs, you can give her a little pat on the head. You know she’d like that.
  4. Leave her in your library locker, just to see what happens. November is all about embracing the work. Give your pump some tough love by making sure she’s studying day and night, just like you. If she starts to decompose, good! If you can’t take the heat, get out of the airless, pitch-black locker.
  5. Cover her in turkey feathers and teach her the art of subterfuge. To be on top, you have to learn to adapt to this crazy world we live in. Sure, your pumpkin had her fifteen minutes of fame. Now it’s time to start faking it until October rolls around again.

Beard Off: Pierce v. Larson

We like to stay pretty competitive here at The Thrill, and nothing says “healthy competition” quite like a gold old-fashioned Beard Off.  In honor of No Shave November and beyond, we leave it to you, the reader, to decide who truly has the better beard as we pit one barb against another.

"Beard Facts" brought to you by one of today's brave contestants.

“Beard Facts” brought to you by one of today’s brave contestants.

Happy Movember, everyone. Let’s talk about beards, or “face koozies” as they are sometimes known. Whether you are growing a beard to impress a friend or raise awareness for charity, I tip my hat to you.

This week’s bitter beard battle features Samuel Larson ’17 and Max Pierce ’17. Who wore it best? Only you, the reader can decide… Continue reading

Let’s Celebrate No Shave November

The city of Copenhagen celebrates Movember each year by decorating their city buses. Pretty cool, huh?

An autumn chill is in the air, the trees are shedding their leaves and as we turn the calendar pages, it comes the time of year to celebrate that time-honored tradition: No-Shave November (or Movember, depending on who you ask).

Not sure if you readers know, but a single organization actually spearheaded the No-Shave November movement. Movember, a global charity founded in 2004, asks men each year to preserve their mustaches in November. This isn’t just for fun, explains the organization on their website, “through the power of the Mo, vital funds and awareness are raised to combat prostate and testicular cancer and mental health challenges.”

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Beat Back Those November Blues

Chin up, Cardboard Man! It’s Sweet Potato Awareness Month! (via blogspot.com)

And so it’s begun: the arduous three-week slog leading up to Thanksgiving break. The days are shorter, the wind is chillier, and the homework load has hit a fever pitch. That’s right, boys and girls–it’s November, the metaphorical Thursday night of the Western calendar.

Unfortunately, you can’t fast-forward to the holidays, but you can beat the November panic-induced freak out blues with a few suggestions.

  • Obtain a rake (I found a few in the Timberlake basement, if you’re feeling brave) and take advantage of Kenyon’s abundance of trees by creating a giant leaf pile. Abandon rake at safe distance. Jump in leaf pile. Repeat. Return rake when finished. Continue reading

No-Shave November and Beard of the Week: Tommy Hans

Mr. Movember

This week, a slew of Kenyon men have taken it upon themselves to honor the annual month-long marathon of virility known as No-Shave November. For the next 30 days, Kenyon is about to get a whole lot fuzzier. While some people find the sudden onslaught of scruff to be sexy, others (a.k.a. mothers and DFMO’s) aren’t as receptive.

And while most folks participate in No-Shave November for the sake of demonstrating their superior hair-growing skills, those with more charitable aspirations might want to consider being a part of  Movember, a month-long charity event during which men grow mustaches to raise funds and awareness for prostate and testicular cancer initiatives.

But be it beard, mustache, or mutton chop; all facial hair is welcome here on The Thrill during these cold winter months.

But for now, check out the Beard of the Week after the jump!

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