Heartbreaking Tearjerker of the Day

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Heartbreaking Tearjerker of the Day
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A 17-day-old ear-less bunny named Til, who was expected to become Germany's next celebrity animal a la Knut the polar bear and Paul the Psychic Octopus, died tragically this week when he was accidentally stepped on by a TV cameraman.

"No one could have foreseen this," said Uwe Dempewolf, director of the zoo in Limbach-Oberfrohna where Til was set to be unveiled in a special press conference. "Everyone here is upset. The cameraman was distraught."

Speaking with the German newspaper Bild, the cameraman said Til was hiding under some hay, which is why he didn't see him. Dempewolf offered that at least the bunny didn't suffer, as the cameraman's misstep was "a direct hit."

Zoo officials are now considering having Til stuffed so that he may be able to enjoy in death the fame he never got to know in life.

[telegraph / spiegel.]

Bird Of Poetry of the Day

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Bird Of Poetry of the Day: The raven that inspired Edgar Allan Poe's well-known narrative poem is now on display at a Free Library of Philadelphia exhibit in honor of Charles Dickens's 200th birthday.

Dickens? Wha? Well, it seems the raven was actually the Victorian novelist's pet bird Grip. It was the raven's brief appearance in Dickens' Barnaby Rudge which inspired Poe to write his poem: He felt the black bird had b

TIL of the Day

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TIL of the Day: In which Vice's Jamie Lee Curtis Taete slows down "Super Bass" to prove without question that Nicki Minaj is actually Jay-Z sped up. "And have you ever seen Jay-Z in the same vocal recording booth as Nicki Minaj while she's recording a vocal track? DIDN'T THINK SO."

Well, I'm sold.

[thanks jazz!]

The More You Know of the Day

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The More You Know of the Day: The sound a rhino calf makes might surprise you.

[arbroath.]

TIL of the Day

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TIL of the Day: A bronze statue in Havana's Parque John Lennon honoring the late Beatle has had its detachable round-lens glasses stolen so many times that the government has had to install a security guard whose sole purpose is to place the glasses on the statue when a visitor approaches.

[reddit.]

The More You Know of the Day

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The More You Know of the Day: Godwin's Rule 34.

[biotv.]

Early Bird Special

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Early Bird Special: Did you know that the live-action test footage for the "Mad Tea Party" scene from Disney's Alice in Wonderland contains the audio that was eventually used in the film?

[twbe.]