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Ferret Choir Practice Derailed by Earworm
Practice for the local ferret choir was completely derailed this morning when an pop music earworm infected the entire group.
They were in the middle of practicing “Friede auf Erden” by Arnold Schoenberg, a challenging piece of choral music, when one ferret began to hum “Yellow Submarine” by The Beatles, said choir director Cristobal Turcescu. 
"Pretty soon, everyone was humming it, and practice was effectively ruined," he said.
Turcescu said he’s worried that they’ll be ready in time for their performance next week.
"We’ve still got a lot to work on," he said, "and I’ll be damned if I send the choir up on stage singing The Beatles!"
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Ferret Choir Practice Derailed by Earworm

Practice for the local ferret choir was completely derailed this morning when an pop music earworm infected the entire group.

They were in the middle of practicing “Friede auf Erden” by Arnold Schoenberg, a challenging piece of choral music, when one ferret began to hum “Yellow Submarine” by The Beatles, said choir director Cristobal Turcescu. 

"Pretty soon, everyone was humming it, and practice was effectively ruined," he said.

Turcescu said he’s worried that they’ll be ready in time for their performance next week.

"We’ve still got a lot to work on," he said, "and I’ll be damned if I send the choir up on stage singing The Beatles!"

Via fretchen_mutti.

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Hedgehog’s Doctor Advises Healthier Diet

Though his doctor has advised against it, Turbo the hedgehog begins each day with a breakfast of coffee and donuts. The hedgie, who works as an energy trader in Houston, TX, claims that he needs the boost of caffeine and sugar to get going so early.

But his doctor is worried.

"All that sugar and fat isn’t good for him," said Dr. Lucy Elms. "I could even get on board with the morning coffee and donut, but have you seen what he eats for lunch and dinner? Fast food, pizza, beer. It’s no good."

According to Elms, Turbo is going to eat himself into an early grave if he doesn’t watch it. 

"The bad food, the poor sleeping habits, the high stress job — it’s a recipe for disaster," she said.

Via Turbo the Hedgehog.

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This Is PunPun: the Smartest Hedgehog in Japan

Meet PunPun, a six-month-old hedgie from Japan whose intelligence is testing off the charts.

"We’ve not seen anything quite like it," said Hideki Komatsu, a professor of hedgehog science at Kyushu University.  "PunPun’s IQ is testing at 152, which is near genius for humans — it is unheard of for hedgehogs."

PunPun’s friends say she keeps busy by reading from her large collection of books, and trying to best her own record at solving a Rubik’s cube (personal best: 73 seconds).

You can check out more photos of PunPun on her Instagram page.

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Hedgehog Reporter Scores Exclusive Interview with Santa
In what is being called a major coup for news magazine show 60 Minutes, rookie reporter Darcy the hedgehog has scored an exclusive interview with Santa Claus in the run-up to Christmas. The interview was recorded in November and includes a rare tour of Santa’s North Pole toy workshop and multiple sit-down segments, both alone and with the usually-media-shy Mrs. Claus.
The interview could distract from a string of recent scandals that have beset the venerable news show. October’s report on the attacks on the U.S. embassy in Benghazi relied on a faulty witness and appeared to be timed to promote a book published by a company owned by CBS (which broadcasts 60 Minutes), a clear conflict of interest. In November, the show aired a report on the NSA that industry pundits criticized for being a “puff piece.”
Some think that the Santa interview — the first that the big man has granted in over a decade — could soften the blow from those two controversies. 
Others are less sure. Tad Walstone, a media reporter for the website Digiday, points to the poorly received Amazon delivery drone report that many accused of just being free advertising for Amazon before Cyber Monday — the biggest online shopping day of the year. 
"It really depends on what sort of questions Darcy asks," said Walstone. "This could just be another piece of 60 Minutes fluff.”
The interview will air in a special episode of the show on Christmas night.
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Hedgehog Reporter Scores Exclusive Interview with Santa

In what is being called a major coup for news magazine show 60 Minutes, rookie reporter Darcy the hedgehog has scored an exclusive interview with Santa Claus in the run-up to Christmas. The interview was recorded in November and includes a rare tour of Santa’s North Pole toy workshop and multiple sit-down segments, both alone and with the usually-media-shy Mrs. Claus.

The interview could distract from a string of recent scandals that have beset the venerable news show. October’s report on the attacks on the U.S. embassy in Benghazi relied on a faulty witness and appeared to be timed to promote a book published by a company owned by CBS (which broadcasts 60 Minutes), a clear conflict of interest. In November, the show aired a report on the NSA that industry pundits criticized for being a “puff piece.”

Some think that the Santa interview — the first that the big man has granted in over a decade — could soften the blow from those two controversies. 

Others are less sure. Tad Walstone, a media reporter for the website Digiday, points to the poorly received Amazon delivery drone report that many accused of just being free advertising for Amazon before Cyber Monday — the biggest online shopping day of the year. 

"It really depends on what sort of questions Darcy asks," said Walstone. "This could just be another piece of 60 Minutes fluff.”

The interview will air in a special episode of the show on Christmas night.

Via darcytheflyinghedgehog.