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This Chocolate Bunny Takes its Good Looks From Benedict Cumberbatch

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Easter is only a couple of weeks away, and it happens to be the second largest candy holiday of the year. It's the holiday of creme-filled eggs, Peeps, baskets lined with fake fluorescent grass, and of course, chocolate bunnies. Mashable reports that this year, one chocolate artist named Jen Lindsey-Clark is putting an interesting spin on the traditional treat by making custom bunnies with the face of British actor Benedict Cumberbatch.

Last year, Lindsey-Clark (also known as the Chocolatician) and Tim Simpson created a life-sized statue of Cumberbatch out of 500 bars of melted Belgian chocolate. After seeing the response to the statue from Cumberbatch's large (and rabid) fanbase, the artist decided to revisit that chocolate well for Easter 2016.

"Everyone loves a bit of the Batch," Lindsey-Clark told Metro UK. "He’s an interesting character. He’s a great actor and English gent and he’s also making the most of his celebrity status by being able to put his political views across and making the most of his moment in a very cool way."

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The 400-gram "Cumberbunnies," available in dark or milk chocolate, are advertised as having a "handsome face and a tasty bottom." The artist has also created a limited run of chocolate bunnies with edible 22-karat gold bow ties. Lindsey-Clark told Metro UK that she plans to send one to Cumberbatch's mother, but not the beloved actor himself, because he may find it a little weird to eat his own face. If you have no qualms about such things and want one for yourself or a loved one, they are available on the artist's website for around $70.

[h/t Mashable]

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Art Lovers in England, Rejoice: France's Famous Bayeux Tapestry is Coming to the UK
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One of France’s most prized national treasures, the Bayeux Tapestry, is officially heading to England for exhibition. The loan will mark the first time the fragile 11th century work has left France in nearly 1000 years, according to The Washington Post.

French president Emmanuel Macron announced news of the loan in mid-January, viewed by some as a gesture to smooth post-Brexit relations with Britain, ABC reports. The tapestry depicts the Norman Conquest of England in 1066, a historically important event replete with guts and glory.

Stretching for 210 feet, the Bayeux Tapestry’s nine embroidered panels tell the tale of Harold, Earl of Wessex, who swore an oath to support the right of William, Duke of Normandy, to the English throne once King Edward (a.k.a. Edward the Confessor) died without an heir. But after Edward's funeral at Westminster Abbey, Harold breaks his oath to William so he could be crowned king instead. Believing he was the rightful ruler, William—today remembered as William the Conqueror—decides to wage war and ultimately defeats Harold at the Battle of Hastings.

The historical narrative has endured for centuries, but the tapestry's provenance has been lost to time. Experts think that the artwork may have been created in England, shortly after the Battle of Hastings, although it’s unclear who designed and embroidered the scenes. Its original owner, Bishop Odo of Bayeux, the half-brother of William the Conqueror, may have commissioned the Bayeux Tapestry. He became Earl of Kent after the Battle of Hastings, and this new title would have afforded him access to skilled artisans, The Guardian explains.

The Bayeux Tapestry is currently on display in the town of Bayeux in Normandy. It likely won’t leave France until 2020, after conservators ensure that it’s safe to move the artwork. According to The Telegraph, the tapestry might be be displayed at the British Museum in 2022.

[h/t The Washington Post]

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This Snow Sculpture of a Car Was So Convincing Cops Tried to Write It a Ticket
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Photo composite, Mental Floss. Car, ticket, Simon Laprise. Background, iStock.

Winter is a frustrating time to be on the road, but one artist in Montreal has found a way to make the best of it. As CBS affiliate WGCL-TV reports, his snow sculpture of a DeLorean DMC-12 was so convincing that even the police were fooled.

Simon Laprise of L.S.D Laprise Simon Designs assembled the prank car using snow outside his home in Montreal. He positioned it so it appeared to be parked along the side of the road, and with the weather Montreal has been having lately, a car buried under snow wasn’t an unusual sight.

A police officer spotted the car and was prepared to write it a ticket before noticing it wasn’t what it seemed. He called in backup to confirm that the car wasn’t a car at all.

Instead of getting mad, the officers shared a good laugh over it. “You made our night hahahahaha :)" they wrote on a fake ticket left on the snow sculpture.

The masterpiece was plowed over the next morning, but you can appreciate Laprise’s handiwork in the photos below.

Snow sculpture.

Snow sculpture of car.

Snow sculpture of car.

Note written in French.

[h/t WGCL-TV]

All images courtesy of Simon Laprise.

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