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Hairy Scary: U.S. Energy Secretary’s Halloween Homage

31 October 2013 12:45 pm
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It will curl your hair. Just in time for Halloween, this jack-o’-lantern sports a hairdo modeled on the much-commented style sported by Ernest Moniz (lower right).

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It will curl your hair. Just in time for Halloween, this jack-o’-lantern sports a hairdo modeled on the much-commented style sported by Ernest Moniz (lower right).

U.S. Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz is traveling in Asia, so he’ll miss tonight’s annual American rite of Halloween trick-or-treating. But the theoretical physicist’s Facebook page isn’t letting the day go unnoticed. It now features a profile picture of a pumpkin decorated with Moniz’s curly locks, which have drawn extensive attention since President Barack Obama selected him to run the Department of Energy (DOE). The Daily Beast even made a video: Twitter Loves Ernest Moniz’s Hair.

The pumpkin was carved by a member of DOE’s digital media team, according to a spokesperson. They also carved these DOE-themed pumpkins and offered stencils and a video on how to carve your own energy-themed jack-o’-lantern. (The Moniz-o’-lantern, ScienceInsider is told, was not carved on government time.)

Happy Halloween!

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