This past Wednesday, as I was wandering around New York on my way to my job, I noticed that many people had ash marking their foreheads.
Of course, my first reaction to this was, "Squee! They're all Chasidim getting married!" It's a Chasidish custom to mark the groom's head with ashes.
Upon taking a closer look, however, I realized that a lot of these people had ashes in the shape of a cross marking their forehead. At which point I realized it was Ash Wednesday, not everybody's wedding day.
In other exciting news, hamentash-packaging for former NCSY and JSU participants is just peachy.