There's a Tiny Hare inside the Statue of Nelson Mandela

(Photo: Deean Vivier/Beedd)

South African artists Andre Prinsloo and Ruhan Janse van Vuuren erected a 9-meter tall monumental sculpture of Nelson Mandela in front of the Union Buildings--the buildings that house South Africa's national government in Pretoria.

Observers noticed that there appeared to be an object in Mandela's right ear. Upon closer examination, they found a bronze hare!

The artists confessed to putting it there. They explained that they were forbidden to add their signatures to the statue, so they placed the hare to serve that function.

They were working under a tough deadline and had to complete their work quickly, so they chose a hare. It's a pun: haas, the Afrikaans word for hare, also means "haste."

-via Nerdcore

CORRECTION 1/21/13: I got the translation wrong. "Haas" means hare, not rabbit. Thanks, Barking Bud, for the correction.

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«haas, the Afrikaans word for rabbit, also means "haste."»

As well it should; in fact, I propose we import that into English as well. Imagine: "Mom said I should rabbit dressing up if we were to find any open seats"; or "my girlfriend said I shouldn't rabbit the foreplay".
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