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The Question of Costumes: Goodosphere Is Your Halloween Haberdashery

I love Halloween. Each year it brings fun stuff like pumpkin patches, TV specials and fly-by-night Halloween stores that materialize like spectres only to again vanish after Novemeber 1st.

As much as I enjoy the picture above, Spooky Sean(ce) already nailed the best pet costume of the year (step aside iPhone pooch). But for the humans, I offer this: my predictions and suggestions for top Halloween costumes this year.

Costumes I predict will be popular:
Most prevalent: Lady Gaga
Most gender neutral: Justin Bieber
Most depressing commentary on our culture: Snooky/The Situation
Most predictable yet visually appealing: Avatar
Most easily executable: Tiger Woods

I don’t have a problem with the above (per se) but I think we can do better. Here are some costumes I’d like to see this year:

Chilean Miners/Minors
How adorable would it be if a couple of scruffy looking kids in hardhats came to your door? Tip for parents: smudge some dirt on their noses and number them #33, #32, …

Toxic Asset
This one’s for the adventurous. I suggest glow-in-the-dark paint and a hazardous waste sign. Don’t get sucked into a political debate about TARP though. That could negatively impact the treats market.

Paul The Clairvoyant Octopus
This lovable celaphod squirmed into our hearts when he correctly predicted Germany’s success (or lack thereof) in this year’s World Cup. Sadly, Paul passed away earlier this week but you can immortalize him with a Halloween costume this year. Tips: have some predictions ready to go (‘I see candy corn in your future’ or ‘You’ll take down some decorations in November’ are safe bets).

Magic 8-Leg: Paul the Clairvoyant Octopus

In keeping with our animals theme this week, I humbly present Paul the Clairvoyant Octopus.

Paul, an octopus in Germany, has correctly predicted the winner of the last 4 World Cup matches involving Germany’s team. Paul’s 4-0 record, which included his prediction that Serbia would upset Germany in their match on June 18th, has garnered international attention.

Now, Paul has picked Germany to beat Argentina. Fans will watch with bated breath to see if the cephalopod has again divined the outcome of an expectedly tight match.

Read more at Der Spiegel.

Double Down: The Beautiful Game

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The World Cup is a big deal. This is no Winter Olympics, here. The beautiful game is all the rage because of its simplicity, its universality. Once every four years, the World Cup reminds us of our progress. Four years ago, we were head-butting in Berlin. Now, we’re euphoric and horny in South Africa. We’re threatening to out-tweet Twitter.

With an event of such magnitude, our nasty nemesis (read: bad) inevitably rears its ugly head. There’s a veritable smorgasbord of losers in South Africa that never even tie up their cleats: South Africa’s hidden homeless, Mother Nature, propriety. Still, it’s hard to argue that the bad trumps the good. Africa is psyched. Desmond Tutu is dancing. This are quite possibly transformative times.

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If you can’t get behind the ties and theatrics, get behind the spirit. Get behind the invisible phones. Get behind R. Kelly’s stupefying transmogrification from helplessly creepy sexaphor master to MJ-esque heal-the-world anthem ace: