So in the spirit of easter…. (and of course we wish you a happy one)

     Now, lest I be remise and be chastised for the true meaning of Easter this post is only in fun.  However I was curious so I looked up the origins of said Easter Eggs (well as much as wikipedia would give me) and I did learn something.  So my Easter gift to you is that same knowledge so you can perhaps impress someone with it as well.  So here goes…
     The Easter egg tradition seems to have started with Lent (in primarily Western Christianity).  Eggs were originally forbidden during Lent as both meat and dairy were forbidden during the Lenten fast and eggs were seen as a “dairy” (in that time meaning a foodstuff that could be taken from an animal without shedding its blood).  This in turn started another tradition being the Tuesday before Ash Wednesday when Lent begins.  On that last Tuesday they would eat a large amount of eggs, meat and dairy before the fast and so it became known as “Fat Tuesday” or Mardi Gras.
     With the coming of Easter, the eating of eggs resumed and since chickens did not stop laying eggs during that time there was a surplus for the feast.  In addition in Christianty the Easter Eggs were dyed red to represent the blood of Christ and the hard shell off the egg symbolized the sealed Tomb of Christ – the cracking of which symbolized his resurrection from the dead.  The decoration kind of grew from there to show tokens of friendship, love or good wishes.
     In legends apparently a sacred tradition among followers of Eastern Christianity state that Mary Magdalene was bringing cooked eggs to share with the other women at the tomb of Jesus, and the eggs in her basket miraculously turned brilliant red when she saw the risen Christ.  Similarly another legend goes that when Mary Magdalene told the Emperor of Rome that “Christ has risen”, he pointed to an egg on his table and stated, “Christ has no more risen than that egg is red” of course which after that statement the egg immediately turned blood red.
     Lest Christianity have all the eggciting fun many cultures you the egg as a symbol of the start of new life and is synonymous with spring and the Spring equinox.
     With Easter you can’t forget the Rabbit/Bunny/Hare.  The idea of an egg-laying bunny apparently came to the US in the 18th Century with German Immigrants and Protestants who wanted to retain the custom of colored eggs for Easter but did not want to include the Catholic rite of fasting.  So the legend grew of the “osterhase” (Easter Hare/rabbit/bunny) where good children received gifts of colored eggs in the nests that they made in their caps and bonnets before Easter.
     The hare is also a sign of spring which is likened to fertility and rebirth, and even religion.  Looks like in ancient times it was though that the hare was a hermaphodite (named after the offspring of hermes and aphrodite the goddess of fertility) and the (albeit faulty) idea that a hare could reproduce without the loss of virginity led to an association with the Virgin Mary and so was in many illuminated manuscripts.  Hares likened to fertility makes sense, given the rabbits propensity to…um make many many little bunnies.  Combine that with the egg as a sign of new life….boom you gots a egg laying bunny, or at the very least a bunny that associates with chicks.
     Whatever your religious beliefs, I hope you have a good weekend and perhaps time with friends and family.

Rinse Between The Ears

Show of hands, who here as been drunk before? If you currently have your hand in the air, go sober up and come back before you read this, it was a rhetorical question and I don’t need you getting any ideas.
Now don’t get me wrong, I have done some questionably stupid things while I have been under the influence, but THIS STORY takes it to another level, and I will explain why.
For those of you still reading but too lazy to click on the colorful text to read the news story to which I am referring, it is about three men who decided to strip naked, jump in a shopping cart together, and go through a car wash. If we dissect this story, a few things actually make a little sense. Getting drunk and thinking “Hey, let’s run through a car wash” isn’t that farfetched. “Well, we should strip down first so we don’t ruin our clothes during the wax cycle”. Again, this makes sense. But the moment someone in the group says “Hey, let’s all jump in a shopping cart”, I’m out. Tap into the juvenile part of your mind for a moment and try to imagine three naked men writhing around to fit into a shopping cart together. I just hope they didn’t plug the drain.
So, a note to anyone who will get drunk with their buddies anytime in the future: Stick to drawing penises on each other when you pass out, and stay the hell away from the Wonder Wash.


Now we are the cool ones.

Saw this today a fun music video from the cast of the Guild Web series.

also on a more horrific note, Apparently George Lucas in his “wisdom” decided that the for the Kinect Star Wars game (which I wasn’t going to get anyway) includes something that is popular in other kinect games…. a dance section a la Dance Central.  You can dance as characters from star wars, where once you had to worry about being frozen in carbonite, now you have to worry about being served.  Just behold our scruffy looking nerf herder dancing in a rendition of Ridin’ Solo as I’m Han Solo….The force have mercy on our souls…

oh and here is another one with some poor guy in the player cam playing as a twi’lek dancer… I got nothin…