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  1. This is the age of irony. One company thinks of a funny idea… everyone thinks of a funny idea. ANd this is also the age or post-modern derivitism. If you copy something it isn’t unoriginal; it is an acknowledgement of being away of the significance.

  2. I want them all… Well… maybe i’ll just pass over the death of the firstborn sons one, just to be on the safe side.

  3. The darkness globe would be tricky to pull off in an interesting way. Perhaps two liquids that won’t mix, with one being dyed black?

  4. maybe i’ll just pass over the death of the firstborn sons

    Yeah, I never liked that one.

  5. Re the death of the first-born sons: Someone pointed out that Pharaoh was almost certainly a first-born son, but he didn’t die.

  6. The problem is that if the Exodus even happened, there’s no clear indication of when it was or who Pharaoh was at the time. Some Pharaohs were named successors rather than children. Some might have had older siblings that died or didn’t become ruler for one reason or another.

  7. My favourite plague reference is from South Park.

    Cartman: So God makes it rain frogs? That just seems kind of mean to frogs, Kyle.

  8. My favorite take on the plague of frogs is from Rabbi Akiva in the Talmud. In Sanhedrin 67b, he points out that “צפרדע” is one of those words that is both singular and plural, like “deer”, “fish”, and “sheep” in English. So he suggested that there was just one giant kaiju-type frog.

  9. Christopher Moore’s “Lamb” has a take of the plague of frogs just being a source frog legs. The angel who arranged it just didn’t get that non-jews don’t keep kosher.

  10. I wonder if the plague of the firstborn sons led to some awkward conversations when everyone in the house survived. Awkward being preferable to tragic, but still….

  11. I think maybe the firstborn sons did not include those who had grown up and left the family. It would have had a bad effect on the city if all the firstborn sons in their 20’s and 30’s and 40’s and 50’s died too. It would have reduced the size of Pharaoh’s army quite a bit too (unless the Egyptians went with that European tradition: first-born goes to college to prepare to inherit the property, second-born joins the priesthood, third-born becomes a soldier).

  12. Mark in Boston – that is why the first born sons were being killed. And yes, as I was told the the Pharaoh was a first born son and one of the reasons he finally let the Jews leave was that he was afraid he would die if he did not.

    Imagine a male Hebrew school teacher teaching 5th graders. The first part of this comes up – Pharaoh wants to stop the Jews from having more children so he has all the male sons killed – and the poor teacher is asked – “if they wanted to stop there from being more Jews why didn’t they kill the baby girls so that they would not have more babies. He really doesn’t want to get into that discussion. I remember him being tongue tied and uhhhing and ummming a lot and he finally came up with “Well, you need a daddy for the baby don’t you?”

    Then again the fact that as the first born child in the family I did not have to go for the special prayers for the first born as same was only for boys confused the heck out of me. First born is first born.

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