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Easter Bilby

BRI T. here, reporting from the field in Australia. Just wanted to show you two things. First, look at this tasty fella, sitting right now on our dining room table here in Sydney:

Easter Bilby

It’s an Easter bilby! An Easter marsupial!

You can imagine our surprise when we just came across this just this morning at The Guardian, posted on Friday:

Instead of rabbits to represent Easter, conservationists in Australia aim to replace the Easter bunny with the Easter bilby. This rare native marsupial is on the threatened species list, with as few as 600 of the animals left in the wild. Its habitat is being destroyed by rabbits, which were introduced to Australia and are now seen as a pest.

Millions in China Live in Caves

It’d be pretty cool to get a number like this for countries all over the world – including the U.S. and Canada:

“Like many peasants from the outskirts of Yanan, China, Ren Shouhua was born in a cave and lived there until he got a job in the city and moved into a concrete-block house.

His progression made sense as he strove to improve his life. But there’s a twist: The 46-year-old Ren plans to move back to a cave when he retires.”

The Encyclopedia Britannica is History

Encyclopedia Britannica

The print version, anyway:

Its legacy winds back through centuries and across continents, past the birth of America to the waning days of the Enlightenment. It is a record of humanity’s achievements in war and peace, art and science, exploration and discovery. It has been taken to represent the sum of all human knowledge.

And now it’s going out of print.

The Encyclopedia Britannica has announced that after 244 years, dozens of editions and more than 7m sets sold, no new editions will be put to paper. The 32 volumes of the 2010 installment, it turns out, were the last. Future editions will live exclusively online.