Thursday, November 10, 2016

Costume Count 2016: I Found An Anchor over There, Now It's On My Derriere

It was a big, fun costume count this year.

888 costumes. That's close to a record, I think.

Here's a respondent map, and it does not include Cumbernauld (thank you, Paul), which is the largest town in North Lanarkshire, Scotland, and has a population of 52,000 people.

Paul also explained in his e-mail that, in Scotland, kids were expected to "do a turn" before getting their treat. They might sing a song, or tell a joke, and even though it's rarely done now, it sounds like a lovely tradition.

Okay, on to the map:

Here's the list:
Anchorage, Alaska
Redwood City, California
St. Paul, Minnesota (2)
Kansas City, Missouri
Huntsville, Alabama
Cincinnati, Ohio
Louisville, Kentucky
Chicago (suburb), Illinois
East Grand Rapids, Michigan
Canton, Michigan
Ferndale, Michigan
New York City, New York
Watertown, Massachusetts
Portland, Maine
Toronto, Ontario (2)
Halifax, Novia Scotia
Cumbernauld, Scotland

The Top Ten costumes:
Princess (54)
Witch (30)
Ninja (22)
Spiderman (19)
Batman (18)
Ninja Turtle (18)
Zombie (18)
Pirate (16)
Captain America (13)
Skeleton (12)

My personal favorites (based on your submission):
Amelia Earhart
Captain Cook's Daughter
Eeyore (the post title is from a song Eeyore sings in a Pooh movie)
Grown-ass man on a horse
Masquerading as a success
Sea Captain
Three hold punch victim
Tiny Spanish Inquisitor

However, the absolute favorite, and the unquestioned champion: John Wesley Powell.

Who is John Wesley Powell, you might ask? From Wikipedia:
John Wesley "Wes" Powell (March 24, 1834 – September 23, 1902) was a U.S. soldier, geologist, explorer of the American West, professor at Illinois Wesleyan University, and director of major scientific and cultural institutions. He is famous for the 1869 Powell Geographic Expedition, a three-month river trip down the Green and Colorado rivers, including the first known passage by Europeans through the Grand Canyon.

Powell served as second director of the U.S. Geological Survey (1881–1894) and proposed, for development of the arid West, policies that were prescient for his accurate evaluation of conditions. He became the first director of the Bureau of Ethnology at the Smithsonian Institution during his service as director of the U.S. Geological Survey,[1] where he supported linguistic and sociological research and publications.

Boom. Winner.

I asked Fredrik to host the Excel file on the Gridiron website and I'll put up a link when I hear back from him. It's fun to see what came from where, and you can do that this year, because there's a column for each location.

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