Face The Facts – Episode 23: Mystery Easter EGGstravaganza!

 

While many associate it with Peeps and plastic eggs, Easter is actually a Christian holiday which celebrates Jesus Christ’s resurrection from the dead. Truly it was a most magnificent triumph over sin and science. Jesus’ crucifixion and resurrection occurred after he went to Jerusalem to celebrate Passover (or Pesach in Hebrew), the Jewish festival commemorating the ancient Israelites’ exodus from slavery in Egypt. Pascha eventually came to mean Easter.

Easter is moveable feast, meaning it doesn’t fall on a set date every year. In the Western churches it is celebrated the first Sunday following the full moon after the vernal equinox. Orthodox Christians use the Julian calendar to calculate when Easter will occur and typically celebrate the holiday a week or two after the Western churches, which follow the Gregorian calendar.

The exact origins of this religious feast day’s name are unknown. Some sources claim the word Easter is derived from Eostre, the pagan goddess of spring and fertility. This may also explain the origin of the mysterious Easter bunny. The rabbit was the animal symbol for Eostre and rabbits have historically been associated with fertility.

 

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What about the Easter Egg? Well, eggs are a traditional symbol of new life, and it’s believed that decorating eggs for Easter dates back to the 13th century. Hundreds of years ago, churches had their congregations abstain from eggs during Lent, allowing them to be consumed again on Easter, which may explain why there are festivals and celebrations based on the collecting and consuming of eggs on Easter. In the 19th century, Russian high society started exchanging ornately decorated eggs on Easter… which is cool and all… but how did we as Americans begin celebrating Easter eggs/bunnies/Peeps?

The flawless Wikipedia states that it was the German immigrants who settled in Pennsylvania in the 1700’s that brought over their tradition of an egg-laying hare called “Osterhase.” The children made nests in which the Easter bunny could “lay” its colored eggs, because as we’ve pointed out earlier, Easter is not a celebration of science. Children also left out vivid carrots for the bunny in case he got hungry from all his hopping and flopping. Eventually, the custom spread across the U.S. and the evil candy corporation expanded the Easter menu to include chocolate and other types of candy and gifts.

To commemorate the grand tradition of the Easter Egg Hunt, here is an Easter Egg Hunt for all you FTF readers! The following is the Cthulhu Egg:

 

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Now find the Cthulhu Egg in this special Easter edition of Where in the World is Cthulhu Winnebago:

 

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Okay, that was an easy one fellow FTFers… now let’s up the difficulty:

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Not bad, but can you catch the next one?

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Most excellent! Next challenge:

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Time for some fancy eggs:

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Congrats, you made it to level Expert:

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Fact – People that read Vivid Karet have well developed calves.

Here FTF, we wanted to give you a couple of fun Easter eggs for the road. First Easter egg, Google gifted everyone on April Fools with a playable version of Pac-Man on Google maps. You can click the link to play Pac-Man around the White House! Second Easter egg, in the 1998 Matthew Broderick Godzilla, the taxi driver’s ID stated that his name was  “Armin Tamzarian”, the real name of The Simpsons’ character, Principle Skinner. What the what?! Well there is a connection… Harry Shearer, who voices Skinner, played a news reporter in the movie. Follow up fact… Nancy Cartwright, the voice of Bart Simpson, played his secretary. 

Vivid Ret is going to UFC Fairfax, and Klar and I should have a BBYK recapping what should be an all-around awesome experience. Ka, you will be missed, but I am sure you will have an awesome day, (*in Archer voice) which I can only imagine involves you and your biker gang Blue Steel terrorizing snoopy snackers and beer thieves. So everyone reading this, go treat yo self, and have an amazing Easter Weekend. Until next time, when in doubt… face the facts!

 

Vivid Karet wishes a Happy Easter to all of our

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