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10 Extreme Easter Eggs

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Sometime this week, you'll see that grocery stores have tons of eggs at very good prices. You'll think, "Oh, we should dye some Easter eggs!" If you want to go all out, we've got some cool decorating ideas from some talented folks all over the internet. But if you aren't up to such creativity, don't let these extreme eggs discourage you from having some fun decorating eggs any way you like!  

1. Famous Art Eggs

The artist blogger who goes by U. painted eggs for Easter, and reproduced different familiar artworks on each. Some of the painters represented are Andy Warhol, Picasso, Magritte, Mondrian, Van Gogh, and Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec. This project requires a steady and patient hand.

2. Game of Thrones Dragon Eggs

Jacquie LongLegs is a Games of Thrones fan, so she made her Easter eggs to resemble the dragon eggs seen in the HBO series. You can make them, too! She'll show you how it's done in a short video.

3. Star Trek Eggs

These eggs are each emblazoned with a different insignias from the various planets and groups of the Star Trek universe. DeviantART member kryz-flavored used polymer clay and paint to decorate real eggs. He identifies each insignia for you:

Top down, left to right:
tos command, tos engineering, tos science, tos medical
silver/red klingon, klingon, tng combadge, voy combadge
cardassian, obsidian order, tng-era UFP, vulcan IDIC
ferengi, lore's "free" borg, romulan star empire [not quite finished]

4. Easter Egg Jelly Shooters

Pretty! These eggs are made with three colors of gelatin, plain gelatin, coconut milk, and rum. Oh, and you'll need a proper mold to put them in. You'll find the recipe at the Jelly Shot Test Kitchen.

5. LED Easter Eggs

Why just decorate eggs when you can make them glow? Instructables member PaleoDan shows you how to add battery-powered lights to blown-out eggshells.

6. Pop Culture Easter Eggs

Lesley A. Jensen, also known as DeviantART member Red Flare, creates a new set of pop culture Easter eggs every year. You can browse through her gallery of eggs from TV, movies, comic books, and video games. She hasn't yet revealed her eggs for this year, so check back. The eggs shown here are decorated to resemble characters from the video game Mass Effect in the 2012 collection.

7. LEGO My Eggs

Flickr user Rakka made Easter eggs that resembled LEGO bricks! She glued small mints onto hard boiled eggs and then painted them in LEGO colors. Who cares if they don't interlock -they look so cool.  

8. Roy Lichtenstein-style Eggs

Bella Manu at Art Club Blog recreated the look of Roy Lichtenstein's art for her Easter eggs last year. She achieved that by using black acrylic paint for outlines and limiting the colors to red, yellow, and blue to imitate Lichtenstein's comic-book-art style.

9. Beaded Eggs

Svitlana Polishchuk of Ternopil, Ukraine, makes all kinds of crafts covered with tiny beads. These Easter eggs are made of bead-covered wood, made to look like the baby chicks that would hatch from them! See more Ukrainian beaded eggs at Travel West Ukraine.

10. Deviled Easter Eggs

It's a shame that so many eggs go to waste when they are dyed and decorated -and not eaten. But Debra Taylor found that you can dye the inside of an egg just as easily as the shell. She posted instructions for making colored deviled eggs to serve at your Easter dinner. If you use egg dye with vinegar, don't worry about the flavor, as the spices in the deviled part are more pungent than the small amount of vinegar in the dye bath. What's a deviled egg without flavor, anyway?

You'll find more inspiration for your Easter eggs in these previous posts: 13 Exquisite Easter Eggs and 6 Ways to Decorate Easter Eggs

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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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