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Trivia: Folklore Today

There once was a turnip farmer named Jack who was both very lazy and very quick-witted. One day the farmer tricked the devil into climbing a tree from which he could not get down without Jack's help. The farmer extracted a promise from the devil not to let him into hell in exchange for his help. When Jack died, he went to the underworld but was not permitted to enter on account of the promise. Unfortunately, the farmer was not allowed into heaven either, so he hollowed out one of his turnips and began to wander the world, looking for a place to stay. This legend lives on today at Halloween when people carve pumpkins into Jack O'Lanterns.

What element takes its name from the evil spirits of Germanic folklore who dwelt in mines and tormented miners?

This week's winners will each win two LSC movie tickets and one large tub of popcorn, courtesy of LSC. Showing this weekend:

Fri 7 & 10 p.m. Liar, Liar in 26-100

Fri 7:30 p.m. Notorious in 10-250

Sat 7 p.m. My Best Friend's Wedding in 26-100

Sun 4 & 7 p.m. Liar, Liar / My Best Friend's Wedding in 26-100

Send your answer to trivia@the-tech.mit.edu by 3 p.m. Wednesday. Two random drawings from all of the correct entries will be held to determine this week's two winners.

This feature was brought to you by the CAC Program Board. Today's factoids are by the MIT Quiz Bowl team. Members of the quiz bowl team are not eligible.