The Easter bunny History

This Sunday is Easter Sunday.

I thought I would talk about some belief history on the Easter bunny.

The Idea

The idea of the Easter bunny came to America by German immigrants that lived in Pennsylvania in the 1700s. The Easter bunny was a rabbit that laid colored eggs and was called “Osterhase” or “Oschter Haws.”

The tradition is still somewhat the same, which is that the magical hare will leave decorative eggs to well-behaved children. Also, children would leave carrots out for the bunny on Saturday night so the hare could eat if he was hungry.

The Bible

There is no evidence that the Easter bunny is in The Bible, but the bunny is known to be an important symbol for Christianity’s Easter celebration.  Though, according to The Conversation, the Bible talks about hares being unclean animals.

The Verse:

“And the hare, because he chewth the cud, but divideth not the hoofs; it is unclean unto you.”

Weird Facts

The Easter bunny is known to represent fertility and new life, which leads to some weird facts on the holiday hare.

The mother of Jesus, Mary, has been companies with the Easter bunny because of the connection of virgin birth. Hares can produce another litter while pregnant with the first litter of offspring.

There is also a weird case about a woman named Mary Toft, who was reported to have given birth to a litter of rabbits in September, 1726, but it was later known to be a hoax.

The Easter bunny might also be associated with the Anglo-Saxon fertility goddess Ostara. According to Encyclopedia Mythica, Ostara had her bird changed into a rabbit that laid brightly colored eggs. Ostara also is known for giving gifts to children.

Conclusion

There will be a lot people this year celebrating Easter, so that means the Easter bunny will play a part in many homes.

 

Fires of the World

This is the first day of spring, so that means the earth is going to get warm.

I want to be talk about what is hotter then spring weather, which is four of the worlds biggest fires. Of course there have been more record-breaking fires in the world’s history, but I can only fit in four.

Before the elevated emergency system we have today, any human errors that involved hot coils could spark great fires.

This is evidence, according to Toptenz.net, when a maid forgot to take out the fire in a baker’s shop in London the year of 1666. At the time, most of London’s buildings were wooden, which helped make the fire so legendary.

It was not London’s first fire, but it was the fire that was the welfare of England. The Great Plague was sweeping over London and the great fire caused a sort of sterilization to the city.

Another great fire of  world’s history is the Chicago fire of 1871. I learned about this incident when I was high school in which I learned what a scapegoat was.

The fire did start in a barn owned by the O’Leary, but there is no evidence it was caused by a cow knocking over a lantern that was left in the barn.

According to Toptenz.net, a reporter said it was a cow that knocked over the lantern to make it a colorful story, but it also made the O’Leary’s the scapegoat. In the end though,  17,000 structures were burned to the ground and 90,000 people homeless.

There was a huge earthquake before the great inferno in Tokyo, Japan in the year of 1923. According to Toptenz.net, this fire had the greatest lives lost because about 38,000 people were caught in a firestorm-induced fire whirl.

Finally, a fire of great lengths broke out closer to home. In Helena National Forest in Montana, a fire broke out around noon on August, 1949.

According to foresthistory.org, the fire at Mann Gulch killed 13 smokejumpers, which also led to the growth of fire research and firefighters renewed the techniques and equipment for the national park.

There is a lot more history on fires, so even if someone questions your Google search, check out more!

 

 

The Dancing Plague of 1518

People love to dance.

There have been many movements that were started by dance moves. Dance gives people a chance to express themselves.

What happens though when people dance so long that they die?

In 1518 in Strasbourg, Alsace, people danced for one month straight without sleeping. Many of them died from heart attacks, strokes, and exhaustion.

It started with one woman.

Frau Troffea stepped into the Strasbourg streets and began to twirl and sway. According to Mental_Floss.com, she danced by herself for six days and had a fever of 103.

According to History.com, about dozens of Strasbourg’s people soon joined in. The number grew and grew, and about 400 people joined in about the end of August, 1518.

Dance can uplift the spirits, but dancing for a month without stopping caused most of the people to have series of heart attacks and strokes. Plus, as you can guess, the dancing plague caused exhaustion.

During the plague, the growing number of people dying caused medical and civic authorities to the streets.

According to Historic Mysteries.com, the diagnosis was more dancing and a stage was even built, so musicians can perform for the dancers.

To learn more about theories that might have caused the Dancing Plague, check out my soundcloud that continues this story.