Bunnies don't lay eggs. We all know that, so where did the idea of the Easter Bunny and Easter eggs come from? I found that I didn't actually know, so I looked it up.
It seems that eggs and rabbits are ancient fertility symbols, symbolic of the earth's fertility at the time of the Vernal Equinox.
The saying "mad as a March Hare" refers to the wild spring posturing of hares as the males fight over the females in their attempts to mate with them (sort of like Spring Break today).
The idea of Easter eggs laid by a rabbit apparently stems from the merging of what were once separate and distinct symbols.
The origins of the custom of dying eggs for Easter are a bit more murky. It is known that the Greeks dyed their "Easter" eggs red, symbolizing blood and the renewal of life in the spring. Green dye is also used, representing new spring plant growth. Other colors which signify good luck, renewal, and fertility came into use during different eras. Thus, eating colored eggs in the Spring suggests a form of sympathetic magic or prayer for increased fertility and, consequently, a bountiful harvest.
The concept of an egg-laying bunny was introduced into the United States in the 18th century by German immigrants; i.e., the Pennsylvania Dutch.
And there you have it, hippity-hop, comin' down the bunny trail.
When you mention Shakespeare, a lot of people will turn away in boredom. They're thinking "stuffy," "ancient," "not relevant." But hold on a minute. The fact is, Shakespeare had a funny, mischievous side. There's a place where bawdy Shakespearean quotes are collected and fondly referred to as "Shakesporn." For example,
Thou misshapen Dick!
~ Henry VI Part 3, 5. 5
That man that hath a tongue, I say, is no man, If with his tongue he cannot win a woman.
~ The Two Gentleman of Verona - III, 1
Let me take you a button-hole lower.
~ Love’s Labour ’s Lost, 5.2
...this drivelling love is like a great natural, that runs lolling up and down to hide his bauble in a hole.
~ Romeo and Juliet
Shakespearean quotes also make great (and literary) comebacks to pickup lines.
"I do desire we may be better strangers."
-As You Like It
"Get you gone, you dwarf; You minimus, of hindering knot-grass made; You bead, you acorn."
- A Midsummer Night's Dream
"How your fooling grows old, and people dislike it."
- Twelfth Night
"Away, thou issue of a mangy dog!"
- Timon of Athens, 4. 3
"All lovers swear more performance than they are able."
- Troilus and Cressida
"Froth and scum, thou liest!"
- The Merry Wives of Windsor
Hark, Twisted Linguistics doth play with Words Gone Wild and turn them ever so awkwardly into a faux Shakespearean sonnet.
many news medias
who won’t chose to
writing an letter
lokk at it
a conyinuing story
Lo these many news medias speak, forsooth,
With forked tongue and sharpened tooth,
To those weird sisters who won't chose to
Lokk at that good news as a conyinuing story.
And so yon knave with eyes of an asp saith, "I perfer
Writing an letter like slings and arrows to the darkening
Book faire and let it lie with eye of newt like
A rose red dagger to my pricked and wounded heart."
What is tantric sex, please? P.
Today just seems like a Pink kind of day.
This recently discovered blog, Mr. Attitude, is hysterical. I'm trying to think of a worthy question to ask.