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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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Why the Best Time to Book Your Thanksgiving Travel Is Right Now
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You're never going to get a true steal on holiday plane tickets, but if you want to avoid spending your whole salary flying to visit your relatives over Thanksgiving, the time is nigh to start picking seats. That's according to the experts at Condé Nast Traveler, who cite data from Expedia and Skyscanner.

The latter found that it was cheapest to secure Thanksgiving tickets 11 weeks before the holiday. That means that you should have bought your ticket around September 4, but it's not too late; you can still save if you book now. Expedia's data shows that the cheapest time to buy is 61 to 90 days before you leave, so you still have until September 23 to snag a seat on a major airline without paying an obscene premium. (Relatively speaking, of course.)

When major travel holidays aren't involved, data shows that the best time to book a plane ticket is on a Sunday, at least 21 days ahead of your travel. But given that millions of other Americans also want to fly on the exact same days during Thanksgiving and Christmas, the calculus of booking is a bit more high stakes. If you sleep on tickets this month, you could be missing out on hundreds of dollars in savings. In the recent study cited by Condé Nast Traveler, Expedia found that people booking during the 61- to 90-day window saved up to 10 percent off the average ticket price, while last-minute bookers who bought tickets six days or less from their travel day paid up to 20 percent more.

Once you secure those Turkey Day tickets, you've got a new project: Your Christmas flights. By Hopper's estimates, those flights rise in price by $1.50 every day between the end of October and December 15 (after which they get even more expensive). However, playing the waiting game can be beneficial, too. Expedia found that the cheapest time to book Christmas flights was just 14 to 20 days out.

Before you buy, we also recommend checking CheapAir.com, which tracks 11,000 different airfares for flights around the holidays to analyze price trends. Because as miserable as holiday travel can be, you don't want to pay any more than you have to.

[h/t Condé Nast Traveler]

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Why Can’t You Wear White After Labor Day?
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Wearing white in the summer makes sense. Desert peoples have known for thousands of years that white clothing seems to keep you a little bit cooler than other colors. But wearing white only during the summer? While no one is completely sure exactly when or why this fashion rule came into effect, our best guess is that it had to do with snobbery in the late 1800s and early 1900s.

The wives of the super-rich ruled high society with an iron fist after the Civil War. As more and more people became millionaires, though, it was difficult to tell the difference between respectable old money families and those who only had vulgar new money. By the 1880s, in order to tell who was acceptable and who wasn’t, the women who were already “in” felt it necessary to create dozens of fashion rules that everyone in the know had to follow. That way, if a woman showed up at the opera in a dress that cost more than most Americans made in a year, but it had the wrong sleeve length, other women would know not to give her the time of day.

Not wearing white outside the summer months was another one of these silly rules. White was for weddings and resort wear, not dinner parties in the fall. Of course it could get extremely hot in September, and wearing white might make the most sense, but if you wanted to be appropriately attired you just did not do it. Labor Day became a federal holiday in 1894, and society eventually adopted it as the natural endpoint for summer fashion.

Not everyone followed this rule. Even some socialites continued to buck the trend, most famously Coco Chanel, who wore white year-round. But even though the rule was originally enforced by only a few hundred women, over the decades it trickled down to everyone else. By the 1950s, women’s magazines made it clear to middle class America: White clothing came out on Memorial Day and went away on Labor Day.

These days the fashion world is much more relaxed about what colors to wear and when, but every year you will still hear people say that white after Labor Day is unacceptable, all thanks to some snobby millionaires who decided that was a fashion no-no more than 100 years ago.

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