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Friday, April 14, 2017

Greetings Infomaniacs,

Congratulations to Larrie Hutton who won this week's "Mind Scrambler". Here was the scrambler:

I'm a unit of heat generation.
I am prone to great quantification.
There are many aware
Of the numbers I bear
Some in triumph, and some in frustration.
What am I?

ANSWER: A calorie.

Enjoy!

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WHO SAID IT?

QUOTE: "Easter is meant to be a symbol of hope, renewal, and new life."

HINT: Is an author, award-winning foreign correspondent, and Middle East editor at Newsweek.

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RANDOM TIDBITS

According to the Venerable Bede, Easter derives its name from Eostre, an Anglo-Saxon goddess of spring. A month corresponding to April had been named "Eostremonat," or Eostre's month, leading to "Easter" becoming applied to the Christian holiday that usually took place within it.

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In Medieval Europe, eggs were forbidden during Lent. Eggs laid during that time were often boiled or otherwise preserved. Eggs were thus a mainstay of Easter meals, and a prized Easter gift for children and servants.

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Hares and rabbits have long been symbols of fertility. The inclusion of the hare into Easter customs appears to have originated in Germany, where tales were told of an "Easter hare" who laid eggs for children to find. German immigrants to America brought the tradition with them and spread it to a wider public. They also baked cakes for Easter in the shape of hares, and may have pioneered the practice of making chocolate bunnies and eggs.

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Easter cards arrived in Victorian England, when a stationer added a greeting to a drawing of a rabbit. According to American Greetings, Easter is now the fourth most popular holiday for sending cards, behind Christmas, Valentine's Day, and Mother's Day.

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The most elaborate Easter egg traditions appear to have emerged in Eastern Europe. In Poland and Ukraine, eggs were often painted silver and gold. Pysanky (to design or write) eggs were created by carefully applying wax in patterns to an egg. The egg was then dyed, wax would be reapplied in spots to preserve that color, and the egg was boiled again in other shades. The result was a multi-color striped or patterned egg.

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In Medieval Europe, churchgoers would take a walk after Easter Mass, led by a crucifix or the Easter candle. Today these walks endure as Easter Parades. People show off their spring finery, including lovely bonnets decorated for spring.




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WHO SAID IT?

QUOTE: "Easter is meant to be a symbol of hope, renewal, and new life."

ANSWER: Janine di Giovanni.

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