I am a pool of random and often totally nonsensical information about…well, everything. I don’t even know how I gather some of this information sometimes. It’s like a secret superpower that has led to me being dubbed quirky, cool or just plain weird on various occasions (okay, I’ve only ever been called cool once in my life by a stranger who was just about to pass out at some wedding I gate-crashed in Mumbai, but i’m rolling with it). Imagine being asked how that yoga class you signed up for a month ago is going when you’ve only been there twice. Without skipping a beat, you can say something like, ‘hey, did you know that after Halloween, Easter is the biggest holiday where candy is consumed?’ Game changer, right?
Here are some more of my random facts about Easter. Hey, you never know when they might come in handy!
- When eating a chocolate bunny, 76% of people prefer to bite into the ears first, 5% start with the feet and 4% with the tail.
- In the old days, pretzels were associated with Easter because the twists of the pretzel were thought to resemble arms locked in prayer. I wonder which ‘arm’ they would eat first.
- The traditional act of painting an egg is called ‘pysanka’, a Ukrainian word from the verb ‘pysaty’ which means ‘to write’ as the designs are traditionally not painted but written on with beeswax.
- The tallest Easter egg ever made was in 2011 in Italy. It weighed 7,200 kg and was 10.39 m high. To put that into perspective, it was heavier than an elephant and taller than a giraffe!
- Each year, 16 billion jelly beans are made specifically for Easter. That’s enough to fill a plastic egg the size of a 9-story building. To illustrate that further, that’s enough to circle the globe thrice over!