web analytics

You should probably have that looked at

How did I miss this? Apologies if everyone knew but me. Apparently, when the 30-foot-tall commemorative statue of Nelson Mandela was unveiled in Pretoria in January, nobody noticed the tiny bronze rabbit in his ear.

The two Afrikaner sculptors had wanted to sign the work on his pantleg, but were told not to. So, covert bunny. It’s an Afrikaans pun. “Haas” means rabbit, but it also means haste, and they were in an almighty rush to finish the thing by the deadline.

When it was discovered, there was kerfuffle. Also brouhaha. Some thought Mandela was a jolly man and would have wanted it to stay. Others thought not.

My favorite quote is from Mogomotsi Mogodiri, spokesman for the Department of Arts and Culture, “We don’t think it’s appropriate because Nelson Mandela never had a rabbit on his ear.” If that isn’t hilariously literal enough, he went on to say, “We’d want people to see that statue as a symbol of hope, not about something like a rabbit.”

Well. You needed a pair of binoculars to spot it, but still it had to go. So it went.

Always hungry for attention on the cheap, PETA tried to “adopt” it, but nobody seems to know where it went. So PETA went away and murdered puppies and kittens until they felt better.

Right! New Dead Pool. Here. Tomorrow. 6 WBT! Be here. Or don’t. I’m not your mother.


Comment from Mojo
Time: June 20, 2014, 12:21 am

“NOT mother?…”
— Dirty Rotten Scoundrels

Comment from Uncle Al
Time: June 20, 2014, 1:13 am

Given Mandela’s socio-politico-economic beliefs, and those whom he represented, a more appropriate animal to stick in his ear would have been a leech or tapeworm.

Comment from Nina
Time: June 20, 2014, 2:14 am

Too bad they caved and removed it.

And I’d be perfectly okay with a statue of our guy with a mouse in his nose, jes’ sayin’.

Comment from catnip
Time: June 20, 2014, 4:06 am

A fly in the corner of the One’s mouth would be more true to life than a mouse in his nose.

Comment from Bob Mulroy
Time: June 20, 2014, 4:40 am

Was it a white rabbit? Cause that would be worse.

Comment from Some Vegetable
Time: June 20, 2014, 2:01 pm

Pssst! Buddy! There’s a rabbit in your ear!

What? I can’t hear you!

Comment from J.S.Bridges
Time: June 20, 2014, 2:45 pm

*sloow headshake*…

Man – I’ve heard tell of earworm…earwax…but – earrunnybabbit?

Oh – wait –

I get it now…earhare

Which accounts for why they actually took it out, of course – I mean, a hare in your ear can be rilly annoyin’, y’know?…

Comment from Christopher Taylor
Time: June 20, 2014, 3:51 pm

Mandela was a pretty awful person through most of his life anyway.

Comment from Zooom Zooom
Time: June 20, 2014, 4:15 pm

so……….where’s the deadpool link??

Comment from S. Weasel
Time: June 20, 2014, 4:57 pm

Three minutes to go, sunshine. Hold onto yer knickers.

Comment from Zooom Zooom
Time: June 20, 2014, 5:24 pm

time check :o)

Comment from S. Weasel
Time: June 20, 2014, 5:25 pm

Yep, I’m wrong. I forgot about British Summer time. Still 35 mins to go.

Ask the internet what time it is GMT and there’s your answer.

Comment from Mojo
Time: June 20, 2014, 6:57 pm

Why “mean” time? It’s not an average. Nor is it particularly cruel.

Me confused.

Comment from J.S.Bridges
Time: June 20, 2014, 7:17 pm

Mojo, old(er) version was: Greenwich Meridian(as opposed to “Mean”) Time – as in: “Meridian” being similar/likewise to “Longitude”, with the Greenwich Meridian and the Zero Meridian being one-and-same…

“Mean” is sometimes/ofttimes(?) used instead, savvy? – but (IMHO) not as accurately as “Meridian”. YMMV, etc.

Comment from drew458
Time: June 22, 2014, 2:29 am

There’s an Easter Egg pun in here somewhere. A real Cycle Of Life one too – the [Easter] Bunny IS the Easter Egg. Similar to the classic “chicken – egg thing”

“mean” means average. The lines go Plus and Minus, so the Zero one is the mean one.

Comment from ccs
Time: June 22, 2014, 2:49 am

Bring out the Holy Hand Grenade!

Write a comment

(as if I cared)

(yeah. I'm going to write)

(oooo! you have a website?)

Beware: more than one link in a comment is apt to earn you a trip to the spam filter, where you will remain -- cold, frightened and alone -- until I remember to clean the trap. But, hey, without Akismet, we'd be up to our asses in...well, ass porn, mostly.

<< carry me back to ol' virginny