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15 More Quirky Menorahs

Hanukkah begins tonight at sundown. Wanna lighten up the Festival of Lights? Check out these 15 funny, unique, and just plain geeky menorahs.

1. Circuit Board Menorah

Image via Green Diary

Got a few old circuit boards lying around?  Happy Hanukkah 2.0!

2. Menorah-saurus

Image via Masterpiece Online

Guaranteed to burn bright for 8 nights ... or until extinction.

3. Trilobite Menorah


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This one's a big hit with Jewish paleontologists.

4. Car Menorah


Image via CarMenorah.com

Let your holiday spirit drive you.

5. Godzilla Menorah


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The item description says it all: "Godzilla is angry. Godzilla wants to destroy the city. But since it is Hanukkah, he will only destroy one building a night ... although he really wants to crush that yellow bus first."

6. Dachshund Menorah

Image via Jonathan Adler

Lemme guess. This is a Hebrew National weenie dog?

7. Tea Set Menorah


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This menorah upcycles your bubbe's vintage saucer, creamer, and teaspoons.

8. Scooter Menorah


Image via Walyou

Has menorah, will travel. But not at the same time.

9. Crocheted Menorah


Image via Etsy

Warning: Now even more flammable.

10. Book Menorah


Image via Juniper Books

Turn any book into an essential Jewish text.

11. Jim Morrison Menorah

Image via Etsy

Hello. You're Jewish. Won't you light up a flame?

12. Challah Menorah


Image via Bible Belt Balabusta

Have your Hanukkah and eat it, too.

13. Arty Menorah


Image via Tablet Magazine

Classic meets contemporary in this piece by an Israeli design firm. We think it's to DIY for.

14. Wine Bottle Menorah

Image via Geek.com

Water to wine, wine cork to menorah. Not so different.

15. Star Wars Menorah

Image via Walyou

Princess Leia's Jewish, too.

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What's the Difference Between Stuffing and Dressing?
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For carbohydrate consumers, nothing completes a Thanksgiving meal like stuffing—shovelfuls of bread, celery, mushrooms, and other ingredients that complement all of that turkey protein.

Some people don’t say “stuffing,” though. They say “dressing.” In these calamitous times, knowing how to properly refer to the giant glob of insulin-spiking bread seems necessary. So what's the difference?

Let’s dismiss one theory off the bat: Dressing and stuffing do not correlate with how the side dish is prepared. A turkey can be stuffed with dressing, and stuffing can be served in a casserole dish. Whether it’s ever seen the inside of a bird is irrelevant, and anyone who tells you otherwise is wrong and should be met with suspicion, if not outright derision.

The terms are actually separated due to regional dialects. “Dressing” seems to be the favored descriptor for southern states like Mississippi, Tennessee, South Carolina, and Georgia, while “stuffing” is preferred by Maine, New York, and other northern areas. (Some parts of Pennsylvania call it "filling," which is a bit too on the nose, but to each their own.)

If “stuffing” stemmed from the common practice of filling a turkey with carbs, why the division? According to The Huffington Post, it may have been because Southerners considered the word “stuffing” impolite, so never embraced it.

While you should experience no material difference in asking for stuffing or dressing, when visiting relatives it might be helpful to keep to their regionally-preferred word to avoid confusion. Enjoy stuffing yourselves.

Have you got a Big Question you'd like us to answer? If so, let us know by emailing us at bigquestions@mentalfloss.com.

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High School's Anonymous Pantry Offers Discreet Access to Necessities
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Being a teenager is tough enough without having to worry where your next meal is coming from. At Washington High School in Washington, North Carolina, students are able to access an in-house pantry stocked with basic resources, away from the prying eyes of their peers.

In 2015, the high school’s former principal Misty Walker opened a hygiene closet in partnership with Bright Futures, an organization dedicated to helping schools in the community. She told the Huffington Post that she got the idea after being approached by students looking for basic items like toothbrushes and toothpaste. Today, the pantry stocks food, clothing, and school supplies provided by local donors.

If students ever wish to use the closet, all they need to do is confide in a teacher, counselor, or administrator. They will then be taken by a staff member to one of the school’s pantries where they can shop in a private setting free from stigma. Because the program is anonymous, there are no flyers hung up advertising the pantry. Instead, the administration relies on word of mouth to spread the news.

Washington High School's assistant vice principal Melissa Harris took over the project following Walker's departure, and she tells Mental Floss that today it's stronger than ever. "The food pantry is being replenished by partners and student organizations," she says. "Our carpentry kids are also participating in the overhaul and design of the new space. The toiletry closet and clothes closet are in constant use and our partners are assisting in keeping that replenished and it has been a blessing to our students."

Some high schools across the country have followed Washington's lead in recent years. William Penn High School in New Castle, Delaware, and Northridge High School in Layton, Utah, are just a few of the institutions with similar programs.

But Washington High remains ahead of the curve. In preparation for the holidays, the school is hosting food drives for its December backpack program: The plan is to send students home with backpacks filled with two weeks' worth of supplies to get them through the long break. 

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