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Friday, November 13, 2009
And the spooky city is...
Congratulations to ebrenner for winning the City Dictionary "Spooky City" Contest. Her More weight entry exemplified the spookiness that defines Salem, Massachusetts. The poor Giles Corey, accused of being a warlock, refused to enter a plea so he could be tried for his alleged crime. He was subsequently "tortured by the authorities, who laid a heavy board on top of him and placed large stones on the board." Every time his torturers asked for a plea, "more weight" was the only response he would give. He eventually was crushed by the sheer weight of the stones. Pretty spooky, huh?
Of course, Salem is no stranger to spookiness. The Salem Witch Trials (Wikipedia) are an infamous part of US history. Salem is known as the "Witch City", which is also an entry authored by ebrenner.