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Stop me if you’ve heard this one. Someone needs to move house. They call up dozens of their closest friends, family members, coworkers, and far-flung acquaintances begging for help with the packing and transporting a lifetime’s possessions. Only a few brave souls show up, enticed by promises of pizza or beer, only to discover a half-packed house and a moving truck that’s at least two sizes too small...
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If you grew up in the United States, you’re doubtless familiar with a custom that our German immigrants brought to this country when they settled in Pennsylvania in the early nineteenth century: coloring eggs for Easter. Did you ever wonder why in Germanic languages, like English, we refer to it as “Easter”, when other languages derive their words for this time from the word for “Passover”? (Hint: It’s got nothing to do with a certain Babylonian goddess, no offense intended to Her!)
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