How do the most popular websites celebrate holidays -- like Halloween?
Check out Bing -- the latest search offering from Microsoft. They certainly got into the spirit today. While Google salutes the time-honored tradition of trick-or-treating, Bing goes for the spookier approach by displaying a giant, hanging bat on its home page.
No, not a bat like A-Rod's baseball bat (which has, incidentally, not been very scary at all thus far in the Series), but as in a Vampire Bat. You know, the bat that "vants to drink your blood."
Trick or Treat?
If you mouse over the bat or different parts of the festive black and orange display, you can find some interesting seasonal facts. Well, facts as in fiction (in some cases).
Like they point to a page discussing the legendary "Chupacabra" -- a newer type of monster in the same vein as Bigfoot, Yeti, or Nessie. Chupacabra means "goat sucker" and as you could probably surmise, the monster (which debuted in 1995) has a thing for goats.
What's the scoop on Count Dracula? Fact or fiction? They'll fill you in.
Everyone's doin' it
All in all, it's a fun way to acknowledge the holiday. And certainly Bing and Google aren't alone in displaying Halloween or spooky-themes or their sites today.
Yahoo does it too. But only on their new home page. If you haven't upgraded yet, you get the standard Yahoo logo. On their new site, you get a dancing troupe of familiar Halloween characters doing a Michael Jackson-like "Thriller" routine.
And don't forget YouTube. They've replaced their logo with three bats flying in front of a hazy full moon. And, as you would expect from the video-sharing website, there are plenty of spooky videos to enjoy.