Weird Easter and Passover Traditions around the World

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Since it’s that time of the year again and most of us have, by now, finished stuffing their faces with chocolate bunnies and stollen-like cakes and confections, maybe we should consider that this holiday doesn’t mean the same thing for everyone celebrating it, even within the same religion. The principle might be the same: celebrate the resurrection of Christ or the liberation of Israel from under the Egyptian slave-drivers, through a period of abstinence followed by feasting, but the ways this celebration can take place can be surprisingly unique. Let’s have a look at the funniest or simply the most unusual or weird Easter and Passover traditions from around the world.

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In Poland, the Hassidic Jews reenact the crossing of the Red Sea (you know, when Moses parted the waters allowing the people to cross) right in their living rooms. Yup, you’re probably imagining it right. They pour water on the floor; then lift up their clothing and cross the waters.

The Christians in Poland, on the other hand, have some very interesting folklore surrounding the Easter preparations. Apparently the men of the house are not allowed to help prepare the food for the holiday, because if they would, not only the dough would fail to rise and the food would not taste good, but their moustaches would also turn grey. Yikes, better leave everything to the women, huh?

France.

They like omelets all year round in France (remember that moment in Dexter’s Laboratory when poor little Dexter was so stuck on “omelette du fromage”?) and consuming eggs one way or the other on Easter is a habit in many parts of the world. But in a certain region of France (the Haux town from the Nantes province), people make their omelet a bit differently. Each family takes their eggs in the town’s central market, to a huge pan, and they all make a huge omelet they then proceed to eat. It uses over 4500 eggs and feeds over 1000 people. Talk about extended family.

Afghanistan

The Jews in Afghanistan maintained the habit of gently whipping themselves with scallions (fresh spring produce for the win, eh?), in order to symbolize the whips of their former slave drivers, the Egyptians. I can totally picture this escalating if we imported it (just kidding).

Orthodox parts of Eastern Europe

“Pomlazka” is a lovely habit of the Czech Republic, Slovakia and some parts of Poland that involves a neat beauty trick. To make sure the women remain beautiful the rest of the year, on Easter Monday the men need to splash them with cold water and whip them with a willow-made light whip. Similar habits, mainly involving the water splashing, can be found under different names in other parts of Eastern Europe as well. I think I’d take a spa appointment over this any day.

Ethiopia and Greece

You may wonder what these two countries could have in common. Well, if you happen to visit either one of them during Easter or Passover, you’d better protect your head. People like to celebrate by throwing their crockery and pots out the window, so shards of pottery may be flying around! The tradition is meant to symbolize the breaking of the past, to make way for the new, and the joy of having a smashing good time after the long lent. Perhaps they may be on to something here – the Greeks have a similar habit anyway of having a good time at weddings and parties by smashing plates on the ground while dancing. Oh, and another little detail. While the rest of the world celebrates Easter with the customary egg-cracking or egg-knocking as a way to consume hardboiled eggs, in Greece, apparently, they crack them on the table neighbor’s head. Cheers, I say.

Hopefully, you liked this short list of weird Easter and Passover traditions. Puts one’s own holidays into perspective, right?

The Coolest Memes of Reenactment Culture

As we’ve previously shown here, reenactment groups and hubs are growing wider and wider and have become quite a thing. But nothing marks the transformation of a popular activity into a whole subculture quite like the emergence of its own specific memes. And we can definitely rule that the verdict here is culture, since there are so many wonderful memes of reenactment culture that the internet is showered with. Behold ample proof, together with some insider explanation in the title, just in case you’re not geeky enough to get the joke on your own.

1. Reenactment is a chick magnet

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Of course, there are plenty of female reenactors and there are plenty of guys who are into reenactment purely for intellectual reasons, like a passion for history, or simply because they enjoy the experience of brotherhood. But besides all this stuff, reenactment has been known to also have a strange effect… of the fair sex. Must be the whole “man in an uniform” thing. Or the bravery. Or the “knight in shining armor thing”.

2. Sometimes, the historical accuracy can be way off

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As with any other activity, even if it’s an officially organized one, things can be prepared and stages with various degrees of accuracy. And sometimes that accuracy is so off, that if you would send a reenactor from that event back in time to the actual period and place he’s trying to reenact, fitting in would be a major problem. In reenacting terms, a group that provides a poor historical imitation and usually focuses more on the glamor and the show than on the accuracy of data is called a group of farbs. The name comes, probably, from the German farb (color), an allusion to the fact that these lesser accuracy-concerned peeps are usually sporting way brighter colors than the “true” reenactors.

3. You’ll adapt your looks to better fit the part

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The events you’re planning to attend as a reenactor will become the main reason you alter your appearance. And it will be fun as hell – the meme might not explicitly say it, but anyone who tried it once rarely goes back.

4. Unless you’re a farb, a lot of time will be spent fretting about accuracy

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As mentioned above, farbs are below nothing, they’re bottom of the food chain in the reenactment culture. So, in order to avoid being labeled as one, you and your buddies will spend a lot of time worrying whether your costumes as historically accurate enough.

5. Even more time will go into making kits and costumes

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The bad part – or the best part, depends on who you’re asking – about reenactment is the fact that all the costumes and props are hand-made by dedicated members. And the temptation to add just one more little detail is overwhelming. Look at the bright side – great costumes! Along with skills you probably wouldn’t have acquired elsewhere.

6. Of course, hoarding materials for crafting will be time-consuming as well

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Ok, so once you start working on a costume it will almost never be done. But preparing to start working for a costume can take almost just as long…

7. Not all will be fun

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If reenactment will be done seriously, it also involves a lot marching through the mud or spending lots of time in unsavory conditions – under the hot sun wearing heavy armor or freezing as a poorly-clad WWII soldier.

8. Sometimes, it can even get dangerous

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Reenacting actual historical activities involves fire, handling weaponry or even firing cannonballs. Yes, really.

9. Mash-ups of various reenactments can get hilarious.

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This is what happens when someone impersonating a famous musician wounds up at the scene where other people are staging a battleground.

10. To go all the way, leave the comforts of your world behind.

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Yes, you will march through the heat for many hours if the script says so. No, there will be no freakin’ marshmallows.

The source of all the memes: https://www.facebook.com/TheBestOfReenactorMemes

20 Interesting Easter Facts You Didn’t Know About

Easter is one of the most important religious celebrations of the year. It is a time when we must gave thanks to the immense sacrifice that our lord and savior has made for us. It is also the time when the adorable Easter bunny comes and gives presents to children who have behaved. The Easter Sunday is only a short hop away, so we thought that now, since you are done with coloring the eggs and devouring chocolate bunnies, is the best time to share with you some of the funniest Easter facts.

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1. American households spend $131 on average for Easter. This means a total of 14.7$ billion dollars for this holy day.
2. If you thought that Christmas is the biggest candy-consuming holiday after Halloween, think again! Easter is actually number two, with a staggering 120 million pounds of candy being purchased each year.
3. Americans indulge in the occasional Easter egg hunt. The largest of its kind was held in Florida, where 8753 children struggled to find 501.000 eggs.
4. UK children receive 8.8 Easter eggs, on average, every year. That is double the recommended calorie intake for a whole week.
5. People from Scotland and North-East England have a weird habit of rolling painted eggs down steep hills on Easter Sunday. This game is also popular in America, but here people push eggs along with a spoon. There is also a game where Europeans have to balance the eggs on the spoon, while holding it in their mouths.
6. When people were asked what they eat first from a chocolate bunny, 76% of them responded that they eat the ears first.
7. In 2007, an egg covered in diamonds was sold for 9 million pounds. What made it so special was the fact that every hour, a cockerel made of jewel would pop up and flap its wings four times.

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8. The candy-fest doesn’t stop here! Americans eat over 16 million jellybeans on Easter. This is enough to circle the globe 3-times over.
9. In the United States, 90 million chocolate bunnies and 91.4 billion eggs are produced every year.
10. The traditional act of painting eggs is called Pysanka
11. Easter baskets were designed to imitated bird nests. They are still doing a pretty good job.
12. In 1878 president Rutherford B. Hayes decided to invent a new tradition: the Easter Egg Roll hosted on the front lawn of the White House. It has been respected every year since then.
13. The world’s most popular egg-shaped chocolate is the Cadbury’s Creme Egg. 1.5 million pieces are produced every year.
14. Easter eggs symbolize joy and celebration, new life and resurrection. In the orthodox religion, red eggs symbolize blood dripping on the eggs that his mother brought to the place of crucifixion.
15. Some people just don’t know when to stop! One out of five children admitted to feeling sick after gorging on too much chocolate.
16. Although it comes second to Christmas in the hearts of many children, Easter is actually the most important Christian holiday, and the most important day of the church year. It symbolizes the celebration of the resurrection of Christs, 3 days after his death.
17. Italy created the tallest chocolate Easter egg in 2011. It was 10.39 meters tall, and weighed an incredible 7200 kg. This means that It was taller than a giraffe, and heavier than an elephant.
18. During the medieval times, a festival of egg throwing was held in the church. What happened was that the priest would throw boiled eggs to one of the choir boys. The choir boy would then toss it to 19. another until the clock struck 12. The one holding the egg at that time would be crowned winner.
20. Egg farmers donate over 11 million eggs to food banks across the nation every year, to help Americans in need.
Egyptians, Persians, Greeks, Romans and Gauls also used to give eggs for Easter. For them, the egg is a symbol of life and prosperity.

9 Baffling Things that can Only Make Sense in Video Games

The world of video-games is seemingly infinite. There are so many genres of games that you can choose from, and so many virtual universes in which you can immerse yourself, that you might forget about real life all-together. Nevertheless, as advanced, detailed and exciting as these games are, they have some fatal flaws that most people seem not to mind. Let’s take a look at 9 baffling things that can only make sense in video games (and even here, they don’t make that much sense).

1. The Weight Limit

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Most MMORPG (or RPG) games involve moving around with your hero, completing missions and finding rewards. The funny thing about it is that you have an inventory limit which you must not max if you want to move freely. The funny thing is that throwing away a piece of white which weighs close to nothing, will help you regain all the mobility. What is even more intriguing is that you can’t pick up a piece of wheat, but you are able to carry around thousands of gold coins without any problems.

2. SIMS Logic

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SIMS is a great game, especially if you prefer to live other people’s lives instead of yours. Anyway, besides having the possibility of controlling your SIMS, marrying, making children and working, these intelligent, virtual beings seem to have a difficulty with objects in their environment. If they find a letter on the table, they will probably have to eat standing up. Why Sims?

3. Final Fantasy Doctors

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In Final Fantasy there seems to be a solution, potion or device to solve everything, yet somehow, the profession of a doctor is still viable. Basically, in a world where you can literally make arms grow back, or revive a person after he has been impaled with an ice shard, doctors are still needed. I guess this is good news.

4. Cloud’s Amazing Weapon

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I’ve never been a fan of huge swords. Besides the fact that it is impossible to wield them which such speed, how exactly are they supposed to help you get rid of flies?

5. Prince of Persia Logic

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Prince of Persia II was an awesome game. Manufacturers tried to revive it but failed terribly, and disappointed many fans in the process. Anyway, both games had a strange problem. It was possible for your prince to run alongside a 90 degrees flat wall after hanging off a cliff, but if he fell from anywhere higher than 7′ it meant impending death.

6. Hacking into Computers

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Obviously, you couldn’t expect games to require us to actually code and do geeky stuff in order to bypass their computers, but isn’t it a little funny that nearly all of them require you to do crossword puzzles, match-ups, or mazes?

7. Even more FF Infallible Logic

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I’m not trying to bash the Final Fantasy games, because they are among my favorites, but have you never thought it is a bit strange that while taking turns in fights, you don’t move? The only thing you can do is wait for the adversary to attack you and hope that you survive. Only after this happens can you attack back.

8. Stealing in Skyrim

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If you play Skyrim long enough you will eventually become the new Arch Wizard, boss of Winterhold or some sort of king, but your subjects will still fight you over a sweet roll.

9. World in Peril

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Irrespective of the dangers that you will be facing in your virtual universe, more than 50% of games will send inexperienced kids to save it. It makes perfect sense, doesn’t it?

 I hope you licked our top 9 things that can only make sense in video games inspired from Crac

4 Male Celebrities with Body Flaws and Defects That Make Them More Interesting

You might think celebrities are perfect human beings, with no flaws (except maybe to their character, but let’s not unnecessarily extrapolate) and no defects, especially when some of them make the tops for their beauty, sexiness and desirability on a regular basis. But even celebrities are human, have hobbies, personal preferences, lifestyles and even birth defects, just like everybody else, so there shouldn’t be a surprise that some Hollywood stars roam around carrying some flaws they try to conceal from the scrutinizing eyes of the press. But today we will take a look over 4 male celebrities with body flaws and defects that make them more interesting and assure them we have nothing but respect for their careers and talents.

Mathew Perry wasn’t so good of a friend to his middle finger

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While a child, Mathew Perry was involved in a tiny accident of getting his hand caught in the door and leaving behind as a heroic vestige the tip of his right hand’s middle finger. He grew up without this body part and he grew up to become one of TVs best and most beloved actors. The missing part of his body doesn’t stop him from waving friendly to his fans every time he gets the chance, but now, if you’re getting ready for a Friends rerun, look closely to Mathew’s hands and see if he managed to conceal it altogether in the show.

Denzel Washington and his broken pinky

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Admit it, you never saw Oscar awarded Denzel Washington’s broken pinky in any of his movies. And if you did, kudos to you! The great actor never repaired his broken pinky – an unfortunate consequence of a childhood basketball accident and a medical mistake – but he doesn’t make many efforts in concealing it either. Although in movies it is less likely to spot the flaw, there have been many instances when Denzel was photographed with his right hand pinky bent a full 45 degrees outward.

Stephen Colbert

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Whoever is watching Comedy Central and is a huge fan of the Colbert Report show knows that Stephen has a very weird looking ear. Among the male celebrities with body flaws and defects we are gazing upon today, Stephen’s story involves more than a birth defect or a childhood accident, it involves a tumor that was removed when he was only 10 years old, leading to his ear misshape. We are glad that tumor is out and he doesn’t have any health consequences, as we are huge fans of the man.

Ashton Kutcher managing sexiness and syndactyly like a boss

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If you don’t know what syndactyly is, let’s make it simple for you: it is a condition wherein two or more digits are fused together. Pretty much like in the ducks’ case, but we’re talking about humans here. One of these humans suffering from this condition (and you’d be surprised how widespread it is – the most common congenital malformation of the limbs, with an incidence of 1 in 2000-3000 live births) is hot actor Ashton Kutcher who didn’t opt for a simple medical intervention to correct the body flaw, as he doesn’t seem bothered by it at all. Well, when you’re perfect, a little defect doesn’t matter, does it?

There are plenty of male celebrities with body flaws and defects they try to hide, but there are also some who don’t make much fuss about them, as they know they compensate with their talent, charms and humor even. Some of other celeb figures got their defects removed (like Oprah surgically getting rid of her sixth toe), while others live happy, fulfilling lives and climbing the ladder of success with an extra toe or a missing small body part, which makes them actually more interesting.