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Did you know Easter was last Sunday? Yeah, it was. I didn't even realize it until the Thursday before. Even though I was raised in a Christian household, Easter never seemed like a big deal to me. It basically meant that I had to go to church three days in a row, and who wants to do that? Not me. Anyhoo, so when I stopped attending church full stop, Easter just kind of left my mind.

Which got me thinking, What other kinds of weird things are still going on the world today? For example, it's illegal to hunt atop a horse or a mule in Kansas. There is probably a reason for that, but I'm not sure what it is.

What are some esoteric or antiquated practices that you can't believe are still around? Are there any common, everyday activities that, when analyzed using rational thinking, are more trouble than they are worth?

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  1. April 11, 2012 at 1:52 pm —

    What you need to do is move to Norway, then Easter will be a 5 day holiday (10 if you're a teacher or school age kid) all about: Eggs, candy, oranges, skiing, quizes, crime fiction (books and tv), yellow candles and barely anyone goes to church. You'll have to suffer through zapping by numerous shows on Jesus and the odd church service when finding a crime fiction show to watch on tv, but that's survivable.

    • April 11, 2012 at 4:47 pm —

      Crime fiction? For Easter? This makes me so very happy, but why?

      • April 12, 2012 at 12:45 pm —

        The origin is supposedly a very successful ad for the novel "The train to Bergen robbed tonight" in 1923 the weekend before Palm Sunday. The add was run with big type straight across the front page of a major newspaper right underneath the title, with a barely noticable (advert) in small print in a corner. Much like the famous Orson Wells War of the World broadcast years later people thought it was an actual newsstory headline and family and friends of people on the train called around to get confirmation that friends and loved ones on that train were okay.
        The novel was _the_ book to read that Easter and the already established tradition of going to a mountain cabin for a last bit of skiing over the loong Easter weekend lent itself well to promote bringing some entertaining fiction. It then expanded to crime shows on radio and and serials on TV, and with Norway long being a hold out on letting anyone except the state broadcasting corporation do any broadcasting these were shows that _everyone_ watched. Today we have more choice, but any TV-channel with any respect for itself will have a crime show for Easter. This year for instance, NRK, the state broadcaster, showed three episodes of Whitechapel on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, and three episodes of Lewis on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

    • April 11, 2012 at 6:51 pm —

      Yes…this crime fiction for Easter thing requires some explanation 🙂

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