Originally created 10/25/02

Like surprises, some people just don't enjoy scary movies



People seem to enjoy things more when they know a lot of other people have been left out of the pleasure.

- Russell Baker

With Halloween less than a week away, what do you think is the scariest movie ever made?

The editors of InfoPlease.com chose these 10, in no certain order:

Psycho (1960), The Silence of the Lambs (1991), The Exorcist (1973), Alien (1979), The Shining (1980), A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984), The Mummy (1932), Jacob's Ladder (1990), Seven (1995) and Nosferatu (1922).

I've seen about half of them, and will admit that two or three have their moments.

I'll also admit that in college I went to see The Exorcist with an old Halloween devil mask hidden beneath my jacket. During the screening, I slipped it out, slipped it on, then began to turn around looking at the patrons seated around me.

That's when I learned that there are two kinds of people in the world - those who like surprises and those who don't.

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THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: The only people who listen to both sides of an argument are the neighbors.

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MAILBAG: Doris and Marty Charnock send a wooden postcard from Jekyll Island, where things are "quiet and peaceful."

Ron Cox sends a card from Panama City, Fla. Sandra and Shirley Johnson are on a Hawaiian cruise. Bill and Helga Butterfield of Martinez sent a note from Reading, Pa., where they were visiting friends and relatives.

Alice and Tim Echols, Carol Strickland and Jo Walton are taking a late vacation in the Arizona desert near Phoenix.

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TODAY'S JOKE: A man rushed to see his doctor.

"Doctor, take a look at me," he said. "When I woke up this morning, I looked at myself in the mirror and saw my hair all wiry and frazzled up, my skin was all wrinkled and pasty, my eyes were bloodshot and bugging out, and I had this corpse-like look on my face! What's wrong with me?"

The doctor looked him over for a moment, then calmly said, "Well, I can tell you that there's nothing wrong with your eyesight."

Reach Bill Kirby at (706) 823-3344 or bkirby@augustachronicle.com.