Maru Moment of the Day

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Maru Moment of the Day: Exhausted Maru is exhausted. Apparently it's been very hot in Japan recently. Not to worry: Maru is reportedly "very cheerful." So am I now! Let's be friends.

[ratsoff.]

Early Bird Special

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Early Bird Special: Excitable Japanese gentleman uses "Sand de Panda" press to make several crustless Spam sandwiches.

[vvv.]

Oldie But Goodie of the Day

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Oldie But Goodie of the Day: If Harry Potter were adapted into a Super Sentai show in lieu of a film series, its title sequence would probably look something like this.

[thanks alex!]

Saturday Night Live Spinoff of the Day

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Saturday Night Live Spinoff of the Day: Japan recently premiered its own edition of the long-running American sketch show Saturday Night Live.

SNL JPN's live format is mostly unfamiliar to a country where most variety shows are heavily edited. The show will air once a month, and feature "the heavy influence of Japanese Konto style slap-stick comedy." My favorite!

Funny Bunny of the Day

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Funny Bunny of the Day: Japan is in a tizzy over footage alleging to show an "earless mutant rabbit" born just outside the Fukushima Daiichi "exclusion zone."

Many are apparently concerned that the bunny's deformity is indicative of mutations to come.

Nuclear animals in Japan? There is no scenario in which this ends well.

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BAMFs of the Day

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BAMFs of the Day: Over 200 retired Japanese professionals -- dubbed the Skilled Veterans Corps -- have volunteered to help bring stability to the troubled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant.

The volunteers -- all over 60 years old -- are lobbying the government to be allowed to replace some of the younger employees at the power station. "I am 72 and on average I probably have 13 to 15 years left to live,