12 Easter facts that will blow your mind

Easter

Happy Easter!

Here are some fun Easter facts that you can throw around today at Aunt Agnes’ Easter lunch or to placate crying children who can’t find as many Easter eggs as their siblings.

  1. 1. The world's largest chocolate Easter egg was made in Italy in 2011 and weighed 7,200 kg.
  2. 2. In the US, only about one-quarter of the 50 states recognise Good Friday as a holiday.
  3. 3. Easter is thought to have been named after the Anglo-Saxon goddess Eostre, who was connected to springtime and fertility.
  4. 4. On Easter Monday, men in the Czech Republic throw buckets of cold water over women they find attractive.
  5. 5. In Norway, a popular Easter tradition is to read crime novels over Easter.
  6. 6. Easter sales make up 10% of the UK's annual chocolate spending.
  7. 7. The pretzel's shape is thought to originate from 7th century Italian monks who would reward good students with baked dough twisted in the shape of crossed arms (the traditional posture for prayer at that time).
  8. 8. When eating chocolate bunnies, 59% of people prefer to eat the ears first.
  9. 9. The 41% of people who don't do this are wrong.
  10. 10. Bigger chocolate eggs and bunnies tend to be hollow because manufacturers want to ensure that we can eat them easily and avoid injury (how thoughtful!)
  11. 11. When eating hollow Easter eggs, 64% break the egg first.
  12. 12. The remaining 36% of those who bite the egg first are wrong.

 

Image: Flickr/Joe Wolf

 

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April Fool’s Day!

In honour of the lovely coincidence that is Easter Sunday being on the same day as April Fool’s Day, some of these ‘facts’ are not true. Can you guess which ones?

Answers are below.

  1. True. See here.
  2. True.
  3. True
  4. False. Actually it’s the other way around – women do the bucket-throwing on the men they fancy. Men men swat the women they like with willow sticks. [For those who got this question wrong, I’d like to point out (in no way huffily) that you would know this if you’d read my previous blog on Easter traditions around the world.]
  5. True. And ditto above.
  6. True.
  7. True.
  8. True. Someone actually did a scientific study on this.
  9. False. But it should be true.
  10. True. Though manufacturers (grudgingly) admit that saving money is also a motivation.
  11. Unconfirmed. Someone needs to do a study on this.
  12. As above.