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The Evolution of Bugs Bunny

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It seems hard to imagine a world without our favorite characters in it. A world before Big Bird and Winnie the Pooh and even Bugs Bunny. But it wasn't until this day in 1938 that the idea of Bugs even existed. When Porky's Hare Hunt debuted in theaters, he brought along Happy Rabbit, who later become Bugs Bunny, the most beloved cartoon of all time. Here, a look back at Bugs's life.

Porky's Hare Hunt

Though he doesn't look like the Bugs we've grown to know and love, this is the first appearance of what some call "the Bugs Bunny prototype." Here is Happy Rabbit in 1938.

A Wild Hare

This is considered to be the first "official" Bugs Bunny cartoon. Originally released on July 27, 1940, it was nominated for an Academy Award.

Rabbit of Seville

Loosely based on The Barber of Seville, this animation was released in 1950.

What's Opera, Doc?

Created in 1957 for Merrie Melodies, this cartoon was voted #1 in a ranking of the 50 greatest cartoons of all time. You've probably heard its signature "Kill the wabbit" line.

Tiny Toon Adventures

In 1990, kids were introduced to this show, which featured young cartoons learning from old-school characters, including Bugs.

The Looney Tunes Show

In 2011, Cartoon Network brought back the Looney Tunes gang with all-new episodes of The Looney Tunes Show. One big change in this new series is that Bugs dates Lola Bunny.

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Happy Birthday, Alex Trebek!
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Today, everyone's favorite game show host turns 76 years old. Let's celebrate!

ON SESAME STREET

In 2006, Trebek played “Special of the Day” with Telly.

ON CARD SHARKS

In 1980, the tables were turned, and Trebek found himself the contestant on this episode of Card Sharks. The “tell me about yourself” portion of the program doesn’t go so smoothly, but he’s pretty good at the game itself.

THROWING PEOPLE IN THE POOL

In this sketch for the 40th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards, Trebek throws a waiter in a pool. The takeaway is clear: Don’t phrase things in the form of a question when you’re talking to the Jeopardy! host.

TREBEK ON NASA

And how the agency’s work with other companies helps all of us, not just astronauts.

HOSTING WHEEL OF FORTUNE

Happy April Fool's Day 1997! (Pat Sajak hosted Jeopardy that night.)

ALEX, AUTOTUNED

MC TREBEK IN THE HIZZOUSE

That was the actual name of the category.

AND JUST WHEN YOU THOUGHT IT COULDN'T GET ANY WEIRDER...

Behold “Sexiest Potpourri Ever.”

LAST BUT NOT LEAST...

You didn’t think we’d leave without posting one of these, did you?

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Covers of "Me and Bobby McGee"
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On this day in 1970, Janis Joplin died of a heroin overdose at the age of 27. The singer-songwriter was known as "The Queen of Psychedelic Soul." Here, we remember Joplin with covers of her only number-one hit, "Me and Bobby McGee." Joplin's version of the song, originally written by Kris Kristofferson and Fred Foster, topped the charts after her death, making the song the second posthumous number-one single in U.S. chart history.

Johnny Cash

Pink

Willie Nelson

Dolly Parton

James Last

Jerry Lee Lewis

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