Biting the ears off an Easter bunny

Published 12:00 am Thursday, March 24, 2005

Here comes Peter Cotton Tail..Hoppin down the bunny trail, hippity hoppity Easter’s on its way…

As I sit here at my desk, my face covered in yellow sugar from a box of marshmallow Peep chicks, I thought I would share the interesting Easter facts I came across.

It would take 9,000 vertical Peeps to equal the height of the tallest building in the world, Taipei 101 in Taiwan.

It would take approximately 8,000 vertical Peeps to equal the height of the tallest building in the United States, the Sears Tower in Chicago.

In 1953, it took 27 hours to make one Peep!

Today it only takes six minutes.

4.2 million Peeps are made each day at the Just Born factory in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. Peeps chicks and bunnies come in five different colors.

Yellow chicks though are the most poplar followed by pink.

Each Peep only has 32 calories and no fat, thank goodness for my waste line.

The average Peep eater tends to eat 1-5 Peeps in a setting.

I thought this was quite funny; there is a Peep fan club and fun busses that travel throughout the United States and hand out Peep samples.

For more fun facts about Peeps, check out their website

Americans spend two billion dollars on Easter candy and eat 7.1 billion pounds of Easter candy each year including Peeps.

The most popular Easter candy is chocolate eggs, but over 60 million chocolate bunnies are sold.

Most people (74%) eat the ears off a chocolate bunny first, while the feet are second (13%) and (10%) of us eat the tails first.

The favorite flavor of jellybeans is cherry; I was shocked to see black did not make the top ten.

When eating jellybeans, 70% eat one at a time while 23% say they eat several at once.

The custom of giving eggs dates back to the Egyptians, Persians, Guals, Greeks and Romans to whom the egg was a symbol of life and fertility.

In the United States more than 1 billion Easter eggs are hunted each year in parks, back yards and even on the White House lawn.

The Easter holiday did not gain popularity in the United States until after the Civil War was over.

Easter eggs are also the most popular symbol on Hallmark Easter cards.

The fertility factor is also why the Easter rabbit came to be.

The Easter bunny’s visit is based upon German legend.

According to the legend, a poor woman decorated eggs for her children to find during famine.

At the moment they found them, the children saw a large bunny hopping away.

While researching fun facts I came across a few jokes. What is a bunny’s favorite part of the newspaper?

Lettuce to the editor.

What do you call a rabbit that tells jokes?

A funny bunny.

Time to go back to eating my Peeps and coloring Easter eggs. I hope rabbit season is over so my furry friend does not get shot on his quest to deliver me a basket full of treats.