Lent begins today, commemorating the story of Jesus and some friends trapped in the desert, starving, hot, miserable, and tempted by Satan. A reminder of piety. It's also a depressing reminder of how cripplingly addicted we are to Facebook.
Hyenas in northern Ethiopia are glad today is Easter, and it's not because they're religious. It's because they can finally get their jaws around the butcher scraps they've been deprived of throughout the holy month, and stop chasing down the scrawny donkeys they've been eating as a substitute.
Some Roman Catholic bishops in Italy have called for Catholics to give up technology, notably text messaging and Twitter, for Lent. Possible sacrifices they also considered include "all fun" and "things people like."