Animals have tempers. Bad tempers. And they want what they want. And there are animated gifs to prove it
Radagast's racing rhosgobel rabbits:
A recreational musher looks at the realities of bunny sledding.
Fact: Every bowl is super when there's ice cream in it.
Not a football fan? Looking for alternatives to the Super Bowl? You're in luck, with Puppy Bowl! [more inside]
"We cannot help but see animals from a human vantage point, and therefore in some sense all the works in the present exhibition are actually about us."
is a photo series featuring animals exploring a grocery store.
is a pet shop owner from the Bronx who spun a small cable-access show about pet care into a Martha Stewart Omnimedia-backed pet-advice career. But he first became known for his call-in show
in which he gave advice
while surrounded by a menagerie
(Season One video) is a series of 90-second CGI cartoons made for MTV Japan about two Russian rabbits. It begins in a Soviet-era prison where Kirenenko*, a mob boss sentenced to death is sharing a cell with Putin (yes, that's his name), a common worker imprisoned on a trumped-up charge and counting the days until his release. And then it gets weird. (contains extreme cartoon violence, scatological gags, Russian stereotypes, transvestite chickens and shoe fetishes) [more inside]
The case of the Rabbet Woman (also known as Mary Toft) is a particularly interesting one. Toft, on the advice of an unnamed accomplice, decided to engage in a scam which would enter her into the annals of history: she pretended to give birth to a series of seventeen baby rabbits and three tabby-cat legs, apparently by pushing their dead corpses up her vagina when no one was looking. Over the course of her fraud, she managed to convince many of the leading scientific and medical lights of the day that she was, in fact, giving birth to these rabbits (and three tabby-cat legs), including John Howard
(pdf) (and more
, also pdf), Cyriacus Ahlers
(one of the King's surgeons), Nathaniel St. Andre (Anatomist to the King), Samuel Molyneux, and Sir Richard Manningham, male midwife to the Queen.
Sir Richard Manninghan (Man Midwife!), although originally taken in by the fraud, eventually discovers the truth when a porter admits that he had been going to the market to buy baby rabbits for Toft. His Diary provides a pretty good summary of the case.
When the fraud was discovered, Toft was charged, although the charges were eventually dropped; more lasting were the effects on some of the medical professionals, whose reputations were permanently ruined. You can read a nice summary in A Cabinet of Curiosities
The case of the Rabbet Woman took the English world by storm. Scores of pamphlets--in this case the 18th century equivalent to tabloids--circulated, as the public devoured case depositions, scientific publications, satirical doggerel, and semi-erotic prints of rabbits bursting forth from Toft's nether regions (sanitized prints here
(pay special attention to the comments), previously
) [more inside]
'Dumbland is a crude, stupid, violent, absurd series. If it is funny, it is funny because we see the absurdity of it all.'
Fresh off the critical success of Mulholland Dr.
] in 2001, David Lynch
set out in 2002 to conquer the internet, creating a paywalled website to feature original content like his short film Darkened Room
, an anti-sitcom called Rabbits
, and the intentionally lowbrow DumbLand
Featuring animation, music, sound effects, and voice acting entirely by Lynch, DumbLand
is a black and white Flash animation series with a total running time of approximately half an hour. A few notes on DumbLand from Lynch.
[Also previously: David Lynch's Weather Report
] [And super-previously.
Biggest Rabbit was "Roly-Poly."
The remains of a 26 pound prehistoric rabbit were found on an island believed to have been without predators, accounting for their size. "He was probably on an evolutionary vacation," said Brian Kraatz, an expert in rabbit evolution, like an "islander beach bum."
A while ago, the west Swedish city of Borås
proclaimed itself city of sculptures. And indeed you find all sorts of petrified things around the city: some neighbor
on the main square; a sad rabbit
in the snow; an exclamation point
; some freezing kids
; and a lazy student
. Some of them have stories attached. [more inside]
Japan's Okunoshima Island
once produced chemical weapons. After 1945, the facilities where shut down but the buildings remained and the island became famous for something else:
Being home to hundreds and hundreds of rabbits.
Even though Starbucks was founded by an english teacher
, history teacher
, the company has grown to have a particular relationship with language, especially with its drink menu. Notably, the sizes of drinks defies commonly understood usage
as it attempts to engage customers on multiple levels
while providing a new experience
. Said experience has resulted in a glossary of terms
and even step by step instructions on how to order
and decode the lingo
All of this helps to explain the recent trouble English professor Lynne Rosenthal had at a Starbuck's on New York City's Upper West Side when she ordered a plain multigrain bagel. [more inside]
How Do You Treat Rabbit Phobia?
With rabbits. A German student who claimed her teacher was terrified of rabbits was exonerated
in a defamation suit on Tuesday when the judge determined that the teacher did, indeed, have a raging case of leporiphobia
. The bizarre story began when a chalk drawing of a bunny caused the teacher to cry and flee her classroom. How do psychologists treat rabbit phobia?
Bunnies gone wild!
There are rabbits overrunning
the University of Victoria (BC, Canada) campus. For some it's fun and facebookable
. For the University
, it's a problem
. They've tried humane methods
of control. Now they may have to turn to more conventional means
Just in time for Easter (or estrous festival, or whatever you celebrate this time of year)... Muppet Rabbits!
Twenty years ago
, on this day, Nelson Mandela
, walked out of prison. While Mandela would go on to end Aparthied and revolutionize South African fashion
, the island
where he spent eighteen of his twenty-seven years in prison would go on to become a UNESCO World Heritage Site
. The lack of regular habitation, however, has brought a new problem to island, a plague of rabbits
There is contention in Sweden over the use of rabbit cadavers as bioenergy
to provide heat in Värmland
. The rabbits are invasive species, initially pets that were released into the parks in the city of Stockholm. Lacking any natural predators, the rabbits thrive on vegetation, eating their way through the city's central parks
. The culling last year set a local record with nearly 6,000 rabbits removed from Stockholm's parks, mostly from Kungsholmen
. Some concerned citizens have formed a group, Vilda kaniners värn
(Society for the Protection of Wild Rabbits, Google translation
). They speak out against the culling and provide alternatives to killing the rabbits, citing methods used in Helsinki (including plant protection) as more humane alternatives. (Biofuel details and more after the break.) [more inside]
Since 1999, The Language of Lagomorphs
has been the foremost resource on the web for information about the body language of domestic rabbits. "It's been pretty amazing to see how many people, even those who live with rabbits, are outright shocked at just how communicative they really are once you learn to notice. The contrast between this reality and the popular misconception that rabbits 'just sit there' could not be greater." [more inside]
Our Australian cousins do make jokes about us Kiwis having sex with sheep - so even we can see the humour in this story.
Save the Bunnies!
Every year, thousands of "pet" rabbits are purchased as Easter gifts, usually for kids, without much thought to the years of care which the animals will need. Within months, humane societies and pet shelters are flooded with the animals, many of which must be euthanized, as there simply aren't enough adopters to give them new homes. In response, the Columbus House Rabbit Society encourages everyone to eschew pet rabbit gifts and say Make Mine Chocolate!TM
instead. And since no campaign is worthwhile these days without a symbolic lapel pin, you can wear a chocolate bunny
to spread the message.
At first glance
it would seem to be something one would find in some photoshop gallery
. But then one finds out that she has been forced to justify her work,
for they are pictures of freshly killed animals. Much to the dislike
of some craigslistians
. With the growing uproar
, there is even a petition
going around (though petitions like that are hardly rare
.) Is this a work of someone seeking attention through offending
people? Or someone unable to use photoshop
? Whatever the case, I’m sure PETA
will join in. . . .
Wait, it has.
German police revive rabbit
"....by breathing through a ball point pen after he passed out in a house fire.....officers opened Napoleon's mouth with a pen and breathed down it while giving the pet a cardio massage, a police spokesman said on Saturday....The officers then rushed [ the rabbit ] by police car to a vet."
Somewhere in the Catskill Mountains, two nature filmmakers are busy shooting a documentary on rabbits in their natural habitat. In the morning dew they are about to meet something considerably bigger than a rabbit... [Flash and safe for work]
is the new Oolong
Bunnies and Easter Don't Mix,
please think twice before getting that cute baby bunny as a gift for a child. Rabbits require the same committment as dogs or cats and can live 10 years or more (mine is 11). So this year, Make Mine Chocolate
Rockem Sockem Rabbis!
Some more Shockwave fun, just in case you had any potential productivity lingering today.
Welcome to the Rabbit Emporium!
We've got your Rabbit cars
, your rabbit lures
, your rabbit candy
, your problem solving rabbits
, books about rabbits
, blogs by rabbits
about rabbits...heck, we've got everything you need to know
to raise and care for your rabbits.
In honour of it being Friday, and all the mention of rabbits below, I present you with: The Rabbit
. The sheer volume
and effort truly amazes me, and the stories are...interesting. Oh, and let's not forget the quotes page
. The creator of these pages may be a complete genius or totally crazy, but always interesting.
(it's entirely possible that some of this may not be worksafe)
"Bio artist"/eccentric intellectual Eduardo Kac has made a bunny that -- literally -- glows in the dark.
Kill da wabbit, kill da wabbit?
I've been staring at the JackNabbit.com logo for about 10 minutes now. Sure, it just screams "real-time, online appointment scheduling," but what's actually happening to the rabbit, and why?
Maybe I should write Teri Garr
. I bet she'd know.