Marshmallow Peeps candy is chemically similar to those novelty business cards made of compressed sponge that expand dramatically in water. In 1982, this similarity was successfully exploited by Israeli Nazi-hunters who surreptitiously replaced the Easter candy of a fugitive war criminal living in Argentina with a deadly substitute, rupturing his stomach and killing him.
The name "Easter" is thought to be derived from the name of an Anglo-Saxon goddess called Eostre, who is in turn sometimes linked to the better known Babylonian goddess Ishtar. Because of this link and because of their desire to commemorate the crucifixion of Jesus Christ by themselves experiencing a painful ordeal in a desert setting, many traditionally mark this time of year with repeated screenings of the 1987 Warren Beatty/Dustin Hoffman box-office bomb Ishtar.
Easter is one of many festivals tied to the vernal equinox, which marks the return of spring and a renewal of the earth, which is why Easter symbols include rabbits and eggs-both ancient symbols of fertility. In urban areas, anthropologists note that these two are being increasingly joined by a new Easter symbol of fertility: an unwed pregnant teenager pushing a baby stroller.
The computations for determining the date of Easter are highly complicated and have been determined through formulae devised by such historical figures as the Venerable Bede and the mathematician Carl Friedrich Gauss. However, during the 1980s jangle-pop music scene, the holiday was simply observed on the birthday of Mitch Easter, noted as the frontman of Let's Active and the producer of the R.E.M. albums Chronic Town through Reckoning.
In the north of England, a popular children's game involves players striking each other's hard-boiled Easter eggs with their own. The winner is the holder of the last unbroken egg. There is no religious significance to this pastime; it is simply a useful method of teaching the rudiments of head-butting to future soccer hooligans.
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