in Australia it’s a public holiday – from my “research” it’s also a day off in the Netherlands ( from what i know, it’s also a statutory federal holiday in Canada but most employers also “recognise” the day. Moreover in Great Britain, some parts “honour” it as a ban holiday.

it is also called Bright Monday or Renewal Monday (as Orthodox Christians also celebrate Bright, Renewal, or Pascha Week).

it’s supposedly a day of rest after Easter Sunday but i suspect partly due to the number of Greek immigrants – and partly due to have holidays spread-off “evenly” in Australia (that’s why the Queen’s Birthday is celebrated on different dates across states/territories not corresponding to the monarch’s actual birth).

i could be wrong as my Google search didn’t yield an “exact” answer. Does anybody know the actual origin?

rabbits are associated with life because they are “notorious” for being fertile and have a lot of offspring at a time.

i thought that eggs represented new life that’s why they were linked to Easter. historically, people were once expected to abstain from eggs during Holy Week and only partake in them from Easter onwards. the tradition of decorating them evolved instead of eating them. i’m not sure why we hide them though.

i also wonder why eggs are now made from chocolate. i suspect it began as a successful marketing ploy – similar to the efforts of a famous soft drink company as to why St. Nick’s suit is now red.

if you have (or know of) any theories, i’d like to hear them.

from what i can tell a tetrahedron is technically a type of pyramid. it has four sides (three triangular faces and a triangular base). it’s also called a regular pyramid. the main reason i was exposed to it was because of the 4-sided die in Dungeons & Dragons.

the Egyptian pyramids are also called square pyramids. they have five sides (four triangles “visible” and a square base). our understanding is primarily “shaped” by this fact.

i’m not a mathematician, so out of curiosity, what’s the definition of a pyramid?

is my understanding correct?

the first thing that comes to mind when i hear the word “apple” is the fruit but when i do a Google search the auto-complete and top results relate to the tech company.

i recently discovered from HQ Trivia that the apple traces its origins from Central Asia and China – i know it’s apple pie that’s associated with America but my “tangential” brain finds this fact interesting.

apparently in olden days, apple was a “generic” term and could refer to any fruit. this may have implications on whether the forbidden fruit actually referred to an apple.


i thought OMG was a relatively new abbreviation as it was used in text speak. but, apparently, it is much “older”.

it was initially used to avoid offence. i’m not sure what the etymology is but the language and context where it’s used can change its meaning: for the sake of disambiguation (as popularised by Wikipedia), i’m referring to the short-hand for “oh my @@@” (for some,”oh my gosh),

while the meaning hasn’t changed over the years, it’s surprising to note the person likely to use it. it’s hard to believe that Sir Winston Leonard Spencer-Churchill used it once in a letter (according to Trivia Genius) and now it’s in the vocabulary of some “angsty” teens.

it’s supposed to be a legendary creature from Greek mythology: offspring of a Griffin and mare with the front part an eagle and back portion that of a horse.

it’ rather “a long bow” – but i’ve got an “associative memory” and my thinking is quite “tangential”…

the collective noun for a group of eagles is a convocation (sometimes aerie, eagle’s nest, is used instead). Moreover, harras is the term for horses. Usually, a qualitative adjective is used so i’m not really sure about the etymology of the latter – i just discovered it a couple of decades ago for one of my poems.

there are a plethora of these kind of words – i thought it’s a good place to start as any – kindly share any you find interesting…

generally, Exploratory Data Analysis (EDA) is done to answer a question. as i never practised statistics, it is not that “refined” but, hopefully, has the benefit of applied understanding from an “outsider” – it took me awhile to try and prepare this for a broader audience. that said, i’m always open to make the content more understandable to the “layperson”.

here’s the link to my updated GitHub repository: