Philosophers have argued for centuries about how many angels can dance on the head of a pin, but materialists have known all along that it depends on whether they are jitterbugging or dancing cheek to cheek.



ELBERT HUBBARD (1856-1915)

Every saint has a bee in his halo.

Natives call the 152 letter capital of Thailand Krung Thep for short which means 'City of Angels'.

Pin the Halo on the Saint

Saint Valerie of Limoge was beheaded for her faith by the Romans; she picked up her head, walked through the city to find St Martial (the man who had converted her) and handed him the severed body part before collapsing dead. It may seem like she was saying ‘Now look what you've done!’ to her bishop, but the church thought the feat miraculous enough to make her a saint. However, any artist wishing to recreate Valerie's final throes therefore was struck with a problem: there is no standard way to place a halo on the head of a decapitated saint. Sometimes it goes above the bloody stump and other times on the decapitated head itself, and sometimes both.

Saints who carry their own decapitated head are known as cephalophores (Greek for ‘head carrier’). They include Paul of Tarsus whose head said ‘Jesus Christ’ 50 times after being lopped off and Saint Ginés de la Jara who picked up his own severed head and threw it into the Rhone. Best known is St Denis, a martyred Bishop of Paris from the 3rd century who is normally depicted as a bishop with his mitred head in his hands - the story being that he walked six miles in this manner, preaching all the way. The exact way his head is depicted was a sensitive issue because the Abbey of St Denis claimed to have his whole body in its reliquary, while Notre Dame claimed to have the top of his head in its. Artists who wished to support Notre Dame showed him with just the top of his skull in his hands. St Denis is the patron saint of headaches, and of Paris.


The Halo Effect

The Halo Effect occurs when people assume that someone who scores highly in one character trait also scores highly in others. We seem to see each person as roughly good or roughly bad across all categories of measurement.

Social psychologist Richard Nisbett demonstrated that the thought process behind the halo effect is almost entirely subconscious. Attractive people are often judged as having a more desirable personality and more skills than someone of average appearance. Thus, we see that celebrities are used to endorse products that they have no actual expertise in evaluating.

There is also a reverse attribute known as the 'devil effect', whereby you think someone is bad at everything, or think badly of them in every respect because they fall down on one critical particular.

According to Jewish mysticism, the Lords of Shouting are 10,500,00 angels who sing to God every dawn.


What after all Is a halo? It's only one more thing to keep clean.

Halo Rap Battles

Haló is the name of a Ghanaian form of poetry. It is used to dispute conflicts and is a bit like a rap-battle. The proponents dig into the family history of their opponent to find something particularly nasty to bring up. 

Halos for Heroes

The halo, also known as a nimbus, aureole, glory or gloriole, was not originally a religious symbol; its first wearers were in the Hellenistic and Roman cultures where they were reserved for heroes. The earliest known halo is around the head of Perseus on a toiletry box that can be seen in the Louvre.

Halos don't have to be circular. Sometimes a square one is used to signify a living person, for example a pope - Pope Gregory the Great (ad 540-604) was the first to insist on his own gloriole. A triangular halo is sometimes put over God's head, to signify the holy trinity.


Cirrostratus clouds are a white veil of smooth fibrous ice-crystals, often seen making a halo around the moon.

In Cornish, a halo round the sun or the moon is called a cock's eye and is a harbinger of bad weather.

H. G. WELLS (1866-1946)

Moral indignation is jealousy with a halo.