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Richland's radioactive rabbit a minor hit on Internet

On Friday, our story about a radioactive rabbit caught at Hanford also caught the attention of the rest of the world, thanks to its weird factor.

The story garnered 5,365 page views. That's not a huge amount for a story that had the potential to go viral, but it was by far our biggest story of the day.

We received 337 referrals from Facebook, followed closely by 322 from Drudge Report. This is the first link we've seen from Drudge since February 2009, when a wire story about Gov. Gregoire made Drudge's home page and brought in a quarter-million page views of unwanted traffic (none of these visitors ever come back, and the traffic not only burns bandwidth, but it also churns through local advertisers' banners, giving them no benefit). Thus, I'm always wary of links from Drudge, Huffington Post, etc., because it's entirely meaningless.

In this case, it wasn't a big deal, and folks out there in the rest of the world were likely amused by the story.