Happy Easter – 10 fun facts…

Tomorrow is Good Friday – marking the start of Easter and for most people a nice 4 day break from the daily grind…

Here at HR Revolution, we have been dreaming of chocolate eggs, easter egg hunts, hot cross buns and bunnies…

So to get your Easter off to a cracking start we’ve come up with 10 fun facts for you to think about…

1. Every child in the UK receives an average of 8.8 Easter eggs every year – double their recommended calorie intake for a whole week.

2. In 2007, an Easter egg covered in diamonds sold for almost £9 million.

Every hour, a cockerel made of jewels pops up from the top of the Faberge egg, flaps its wings four times, nods its head three times and makes a crowing noise.

The gold-and-pink enamel egg was made by the Russian royal family as an engagement gift for French aristocrat Baron Edouard de Rothschild.

And here it is: The Rothschild Faberge Egg.

3. When people gorge on a chocolate Easter bunny, 76 per cent bite off the ears first, 5 per cent go for the feet and 4 per cent opt for the tail.

4 With all those chocolate eggs for family, relatives, loved ones and friends, it should be no surprise that households spend an average of £75 on Easter treats each year.

5. Sales at Easter time make up 10 per cent of UK chocolate spending for the whole year.

6. The UK’s first chocolate egg was produced in 1873 by Fry’s of Bristol.

7. The tallest chocolate Easter egg was made in Italy in 2011. Standing 10.39 metres tall and weighing 7,200 kg, it was taller than a giraffe and heavier than an elephant. But Portugal is the home of the largest decorated Easter egg, which reached almost 15m in height and 8m in diameter when it was made in 2008.

8. In 2012, London hosted the world’s biggest-ever Easter egg hunt.

9. Temptation can be too much and 43 per cent of kids say they eat their first chocolate egg before Easter Sunday, but the average time for children to eat their first Easter egg is 11am on Easter Sunday morning.

10. The name Easter owes its origin to Eostre or Eastre, an Anglo-Saxon goddess of light and the dawn who was honoured at pagan festivals celebrating the arrival of spring and the custom of giving eggs at Easter has been traced back to Egyptians, Persians, Gauls, Greeks and Romans, for whom the egg was a symbol of life.

And one last one, almost one in five children (19 per cent) and I would also say adults!!! say they’ve made themselves ill by eating too much chocolate over the Easter holidays, so try not to over indulge!!!

Wishing you all a very happy Easter….

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National tongue twister day…

Apparently, today is National tongue twister day…. well according to the internet it could be today, or Sunday depends who you want to believe!!!

Tongue twisters have fascinated people throughout history. Did you know that Peter Piper is a historical figure? Pierre Poivre was a one-armed French pirate and horticulturist during the mid-1700s. Poivre was notorious for stealing spice nuts (known as “peppers”) from Dutch trade ships, and using them to plant his garden. On at least one occasion he stole half a bushel of nutmegs, which inspired the tongue twister we know and love today.

Here goes….

Peter Piper picked a peck of pickled peppers.
A peck of pickled peppers Peter Piper picked.
If Peter Piper picked a peck of pickled peppers,
Where’s the peck of pickled peppers Peter Piper picked?

FUN FACTS: According to the Guinness Book of World Records, the most difficult tongue twister in the English language is: “The sixth sick sheikh’s sixth sheep’s sick.” and the shortest is “Toy Boat”… sound simple, try saying it 5 times… FAST!

To celebrate International Tongue Twister Day, have some fun, make up your own or practice some of your favourite tongue twisters with your friends and family… or colleagues and call it team building!

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Friday fun… Lets have a laugh in the office – 10 reasons why we should…

These days we spend more time at work than we do with our friends and families, so you may have noticed that sometimes your employees have become bored and tired of the daily grind, making them more likely to feel disconnected from their working environment.  What you should be striving for is a way to create a more stimulating environment that will keep them happy and focused.  Easier said than done I know, but at HR Revolution we think laughter is the best medicine and like a bit of natural light hearted humour and laughter in the office.  Laughter helps people relax and reduces stress, and encourages productivity which is always good.  Here are 10 fun facts about laughter…

  • People laugh 30 times more when they are with other people.
  • Laughter increases blood flow by 22% and stress decreases blood flow by 35%.
  • Women laugh more than men.
  • Laughter increases immune system response.
  • Laughter stimulates circulation and improves respiration.
  • Laughter exercises your muscles, and can burn up to 3 1/2 calories each time you laugh.
  • Laughter stimulates the brain and enhances mental functions.
  • Laughter activates endorphins which help manage pain.
  • Laughter promotes social bonding, which enhances cooperation.  (Surely you are less likely to say no after a good laugh!)
  • Laughter is contagious.

So go on throw off the shackles of the “corporate world” and have a laugh, your colleagues and creativity will thank you for it.

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