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Transcript of Easter
#8: The Left-Handed Whopper
Burger King published a full page advertisement in the April 1st edition of USA Today announcing the introduction of a new item to their menu: a "Left-Handed Whopper" specially designed for the 32 million left-handed Americans. According to the advertisement, the new whopper included the same ingredients as the original Whopper (lettuce, tomato, hamburger patty, etc.), but all the condiments were rotated 180 degrees for the benefit of their left-handed customers. The following day Burger King issued a follow-up release revealing that although the Left-Handed Whopper was a hoax, thousands of customers had gone into restaurants to request the new sandwich. Simultaneously, according to the press release, "many others requested their own 'right handed' version."
French children fool their friends by taping a paper fish to their friends' backs. When the "young fool" discovers this trick, the prankster yells "Poisson d'Avril!"
-Put some flour on top of the ceiling fan blades and wait for someone to turn it on!
-If you know someone who loves Oreo cookies, scrape out the white creamy filling and replace with white toothpaste.
-Put a rubber band around the kitchen sink’s sprayer and wait until someone turns the water on.
-Get the ugliest most disgusting temporary tattoo as possible, and whilst there asleep before they go to work/school, but it on their face. They’ll go the next morning with the tattoo on their face!
Spring traditions around the world
Spring traditions around the world
Easter eggs are popular in England and America. The tradition was brought from German immigrants in the 1700s because eggs and rabbits are symbols or fertility and rebirth.
-The first chocolate eggs were made in Europe in the early 19th Century.
-John Cadbury made the first "Cadbury" Easter eggs in 1875.
-Creme filled eggs were invented later that traditional chocolate eggs in 1923.
-The first Cadbury's Creme Egg was put on sale in 1971 and now 500 million are made each year in Bournville.
-Every year more than 80 million boxed eggs are sold.
-In a typical year, £150million is spent on shell eggs.
-£70 million is spent on creme filled eggs in a year.
-Enough Cadbury's Creme eggs are made in Birmingham every year to make a pile ten times higher than Mount Everest if you put them on top of each other.
-One in every three shell eggs sold in the UK at Easter is made in the Cadbury's chocolate factory in Bournville, Birmingham.
-On average a child in the UK will receive 8.8 easter eggs this Easter.
-The tradition of eating eggs at Easter comes from the fasting during Lent where eggs were traditionally avoided.
-There was a motion passed through parliament in the 1920s to get Easter Sunday to fall on the second sunday of April every year, but this has yet to be implemented.
In Finland children go begging in the streets with sooty faces and people burn bonfires. This comes from the belief that flames ward away witches who fly around on brooms from Good Friday to Easter Sunday.
The last day of April spells Walpurgis Eve, or Valborg, in Sweden. Spring is greeted with songs and bonfires at public gatherings all over the country. For the more politically active, these celebrations are followed by the demonstrations and heated speeches of 1 May. There is also an Easter-myth about witches who during Easter fly on their broomsticks to a meeting of witches. During Easter, children in Sweden dress up as witches and then they go from door to door and they get sweets from people in the houses, like Halloween but with witches only and it is not scary.
Smingus-Dyngus is an Easter tradition in Poland. On Easter monday boys try to drench people with water. Legend says that if a girl gets soaked then she will marry within the year. The tradition originated from the fact that the Polish Prince Mieszko was baptised on Easter monday.
The exciting Swiss tradition of Sechseläuten (Sächsilüüte): a unique Spring holiday in Zurich, Switzerland where people gather to burn the “Winter,” a snowman stuffed with fireworks!
In a town called Haux, in France, on Easter Monday they make a giant omelette that is served in the square. It uses over 4500 eggs and feeds 1000 people. people believe that Napoleon stopped in the town with his army and had omelettes. He liked it so much that he ardered all the eggs to be gathered and a giant omelette to be made.
There are 10 questions and they are all multiple choice.
1. How many Easter eggs are sold in the UK every year?
a) 68 million
c) 91 million
2. Which flowers are the first to grow in the spring?
3. What is the first day of spring called?
a) Vernal equinox
b) sub-solar equinox
c) March equinox
4. How long was Jesus on the cross for?
a) 13 hours
b) 6 hours
c) 3 days
5. What do Easter eggs symbolize?
a) New life and joy
b) New life, joy and celebration
c) New life, joy, celebration and resurrection
6. How much do Americans spend at Easter on average?
a) $ 1.6 billion
b) $ 2.1 billion
c) $ 3.5 billion
7. Americans eat 16 billion jellybeans at Easter, which is enough to circle the globe how many times?
8. After which celebration is Easter the biggest
sweets and chocolate consuming holiday?
c) Valentine’s Day
9. Which part of the chocolate bunny is usually
a) The Tail
b) The Feet
c) The Ears
10. In which country was the Easter uprising in 1916?
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In Corfu, Greece, on Holy Saturday the traditional
"pot throwing" takes place. People throw pots,
pans and earthenware out of windows. Some people believe it comes from the
Venitians, who got rid of their old things at New Year. It welcomes spring and a good harvest to be gathered in the new pots.
In Norway Easter is a popular time for people to read crime novels. Authors now release special "Easter thrillers". It began in 1923 when a book publisher advertised its new novel on the front page of a news paper. it looked like news so much that people didn't realise it was a publicity stunt.
Czech Republic and Slovakia
On Easter Monday there is a tradition that men spank women with whips made of willow and ribbon. The willow is the first tree to blossom and the whips are meant to transfer fertility and the tree's vitality to the women.
In Verges, Spain, on Holy Thursday people dress up as skeletons and take part in the "dansa de la mort" or "death dance". It begins at midnight and continues for three hours. It reenacts scenes from The Passion (the suffering and death of Jesus) and the skeletons parade through the streets. It finishes with the skeletons carrying boxes of ashes.
The Jewish spring festival remembers the story of Jews escaping slavery in the Old Testament.
There is a lot of symbolism and rituals during the celebrations.
It is called Passover (Pesach in Hebrew), the main part is the Seder meal with special foods and prayers. There is the Seder plate with six different symbolic food on, for example the bitter herbs (Maror) to represent bitter times in slavery.
For the Passover week, none of the five grains are allowed to be eaten or even be in the house. That means no bread, pasta, cake etc. Before the festival, the house must be cleaned of these very thoroughly.
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