Some Bunny's Gonna Get Lucky

Author's Note

With this piece you are probably beginning to sense a theme going on here...

Several months ago, I came across a picture and that one set of pixels sparked a chain reaction in my twisted little brain. Feverishly, I set about writing a hub for it, spending a large amount of time researching every angle I could think of in order to do so.

Unfortunately, I found WAY too much information and while it all contributed to the overall story...it also detracted from my original intention. Since I'm a packrat at heart, sifting through all of this information and trying to decide what should stay and what should go, became tortuous and I shelved the entire project. I never intended NOT to write it....I just decided that trying to force it would be a very bad thing.

And so...I give to you the second course of this rabbit feast, hoping that by the time we get to the main dish, your appetite will be completely whetted.

For those of you that may have missed the appetizer, you can catch up by reading my previous hub: Confessions of a Chocolate Bunny Thief

The Rabbit's Foot

"Depend on the rabbit's foot if you will, but remember it didn't work for the rabbit."

R. E. Shay, Humorist

Rabbits have long been considered throughout folklore to be lucky. Even possessing the mere appendage of a not so fortunate member of the Leporidae family is considered to bring the bearer good luck. In African-American folk magic, commonly known as hoodoo, rabbits feet were commonly believed to be a good luck talisman and by merely rubbing it, one could activate good fortune or prevent bad luck.

Although not as common today, probably because of animal rights activism, images of the rabbit’s foot were used frequently during the pre-and post-World War II era. In the 1950’s, Burma-Shave, famous for its witty roadside signage had this to say:

 

On curves ahead

Remember, sonny

That rabbit’s foot

Didn’t save the bunny

Burma-Shave

By the 1970’s, when I was the proud possessor of my very own rabbit’s foot, gaudily dyed and used as a keychain, the amulet was considered more of a fad than a mystical hoodoo foot. While mine was received as a carnival prize, acquiring this particular lucky charm was not always so simple. A few common strictures that have been lost to time:

  • Not any appendage of the rabbit qualified to be a charm. Only the left hind foot of the rabbit was useful.
  • In addition, the left hind foot must come from a rabbit shot or otherwise captured in a cemetery
  • Furthermore, the left hind foot of the rabbit in the cemetery must be taken during a full moon (or a new moon, depending on which version you happened to hear)
  • Also…when shooting the rabbit in the cemetery during a full moon and prior to taking its left hind leg, one should kill it with a silver bullet (or better yet, take the foot while the bunny is still alive). Personally, I think this particular rule came about when somebody confused a bunny with a werewolf and the alternative is just plain cruel.

While these clarifiers might sound a bit ridiculous, making it rather difficult to obtain a rabbit’s foot of the appropriate good fortune…once they were mass produced and cheapened to the point where anyone could have one, these trinkets became just another victim of American pop culture.

The Year of the Rabbit

 

 I was born in 1963…which was, in Chinese astrological terms…the year of the rabbit, or even more specifically the year of the water rabbit. 

Delicate and docile, Water Rabbits will pretty well go with the flow to avoid any conflict or argument. These situations hurt them and bother them because they are such sensitive creatures. They are usually sociable and relaxed, although sometimes they get withdrawn and introspective. They are supportive with family and friends as well as business partners and display an empathy that makes people flock to them for friendly advice and comfort. Sometimes, they can easily be taken advantage of because they are so generous with themselves and their emotions. So they have to be careful not to let their guards down so quickly.

Evidently there are metal rabbits, water rabbits, wood rabbits, earth rabbits and fire rabbits.  How disappointed I was to discover there were no chocolate rabbits.  But whatever type of rabbit a person happened to be, the one thing that all of those paper placemats found in Chinese restaurant agreed upon was the fact that rabbit people are extraordinarily lucky.

Rabbit...Rabbit

One day, while talking to my future husband on the phone, he casually said, “Oh…by the way…rabbit.”

Whatever we had been talking about was immediately forgotten as I puzzled over this odd interjection.

“Rabbit?” I asked.

“Yep.”

I could tell he was enjoying my suspense as I slowly became irritated by this mysterious pronouncement.

“Okay….rabbit,” I replied.

“No…no…you can’t say rabbit now. It doesn’t work that way.”

“What do you mean I can’t say rabbit? Rabbit, rabbit, rabbit, rabbit, rabbit….”

He laughed at me….probably because I sounded like a pissed off frog.

Eventually, I did manage to get an explanation from him and from that day forward, it became a tradition that we share.

“Rabbit, rabbit, white rabbit” is a common superstition which states that the person who says this upon waking on the first day of each new month will receive good luck for the remainder of the month. As with any superstition, it has been subjected to time and there are various permutations of it found in every culture. For my husband, merely saying the word “rabbit” guarantees the person good fortune.

While the exact origin of the superstition is unknown, it has appeared in print as early as 1920, although some attribute its roots to an even earlier period of the 1800’s. Since, as with most folklore, it was spread traditionally by word of mouth, there are numerous variant versions of the “rabbit, rabbit” superstition:

  • Saying “rabbit, rabbit” on the first day of a new year will bring luck to the person all year long
  • Being the first to say “rabbit, rabbit” on the first day of the new month will bring luck to that person. Once someone has said “rabbit, rabbit” to you, you are no longer allowed to repeat this phrase to anyone, thus ensuring that you will be the recipient of bad luck.
  • Instead of saying “rabbit, rabbit” one may say “rabbits,” “rabbit” or “rabbit, rabbit, rabbit.” Other acceptable terms are “bunny, bunny, hop, hop” and “a pinch and a punch for the first day of the month…white rabbit!”
  • To prevent forgetting to say rabbit on the first day of the month, one should say “tibbar, tibbar” (rabbit spelled backwards) before going to bed. If doing so does not ward off amnesia, then it is acceptable to say “moose, moose” on the second day of the month.

As you can see, like the whole rabbit foot harvesting rules, the proper way to guarantee good fortune became ridiculously complex and burdensome.

My husband and I have our own version which was developed out of necessity. After about a year, probably less, my husband realized that his wife was “rabbit” challenged and he grew tired of always being so damned lucky. It wasn’t enough for him that I was born during a fortunate year and owned a talisman of great hoodoo power.

On the first of the month, my husband resorts to rabbit trickery…

I’m so gullible I fall for it every time. He’ll hold up a picture while I’m preoccupied and shout, “Just what the hell is this anyway???” Shocked by his outburst, I’ll answer before thinking, “It’s just a damn rabbit. What in the world is your problem?”

“Ha! Got you to say it!” he smugly replies before sauntering off.

It’s amazing how many things there are with the word rabbit in them…

But occasionally…very rarely…I get even. Yesterday, while working on my Easter bunny piece I showed him a picture and he said, “Yeah….so what. It’s a big rabbit.”

“Ha!” I said with a smile, “Gotcha!”

“It doesn’t count,” he flippantly replied. “It’s the second day of the month.”

Unfortunately, neither one of us will be lucky this month. I couldn’t’ be bothered to find a picture of a moose.

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Comments 52 comments

jessica 4 years ago

how do you bring a rabbit luck


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spryte 7 years ago from Arizona, USA Author

Aw shucks, maggs *blush* I'm very glad you enjoyed this hub as well as the comments. I've just been very fortunate in the friends I've found on here. Although...I think a few might just have been paid well to drop in on my hubs occasionally and say cool things. :)


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maggs224 7 years ago from Sunny Spain

I enjoyed the hub very much and you have some of the best comments on your hubs I can see why they all like you.


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spryte 7 years ago from Arizona, USA Author

I'm sure BT would be honored to receive your knuckle rubs. :)


hairy A.S.S. 7 years ago

Would that mean I would be related to me mate jackalope ? I always wanted a little brudder I could give knuckle rubs.


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spryte 7 years ago from Arizona, USA Author

... either/or...can I rename you Hare-y A.S.S.?


hairy A.S.S. 7 years ago

Oh yeah you ave a bloody funny bunny fetish. ;-)

or should that be funny bloody bunny fetish ?


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spryte 7 years ago from Arizona, USA Author

LOL Eric! I hadn't even thought of THAT! I'm now beginning to wornder though if I have a bunny fetish...


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Eric Graudins 7 years ago from Australia

When I saw the title of this hub, I thought it would be about you earning enough money from HubPages to buy a new set of those industrial strength batteries to power up - err - Mr. Bunny :-)


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agvulpes 7 years ago from Australia

Both of me is waiting with bated breath !


bunyip named sue 7 years ago

yeah, I'm waiting too. !


hairy A.S.S. 7 years ago

I've put my hairy ass on a chair listening intently.

C'mon GT spill ya guts.


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spryte 7 years ago from Arizona, USA Author

Aggie - Put on the uniform and we'll talk about the pat.

bunyip - Only if we have an understanding that the hand extended has to be returned to its owner intact and still attached.

GT - Gimme a sec...I'll start hunting for some twinkies. I'm as curious as cindy now.


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cindyvine 7 years ago from Kyiv, Ukraine

Oh no GT, what bad luck?


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goldentoad 7 years ago from Free and running....

All I know is, I have plenty of bad luck at the moment, and though this hub may not bring me any good luck, it gave me a needed laugh


bunyip named sue 7 years ago

Aw Geez, sorry spryte ! (hang bunyip look ) (rubbing foot on ground)


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agvulpes 7 years ago from Australia

Sorry spryte, excuse me a minute.

"now sue, you stop annoying this er... spryte right now , you hear ?

Your'e only making friends so that you can eat her. Now go straight home I've got your dinner waiting"

Sorry again spryte, darned pets ,the're hard enough to look after when their small , but this one is growing up , its about 40,000 years old now you know, and I just can't keep him locked up , it's starting to break out every so often now.


bunyip named sue 7 years ago

Oh yeah fellas if anyones gettin a pat on the butt its me.

Join the queue.


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agvulpes 7 years ago from Australia

hey I'm watching, where's my pat. I got feelings you know ?


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spryte 7 years ago from Arizona, USA Author

...and your problem with this uniform would be what exactly? Sounds like a perfect fit to me...now hop to it Hairy!

*gives her 'lil Aussie sheepshearer an affectionate pat on the butt*


hairy A.S.S. 7 years ago

Bloody hell spryte fair dinkum. I arks you, the blouse buttons won't do up. I can't get the skirt up over me hairy bum. and them stokins you give me , as useless as tits on a bull mate. I keep putting me toenail thruem.

 


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spryte 7 years ago from Arizona, USA Author

There are roos in Minnesota??? Are you sure those aren't giant rats?

And A.S.S....where's that cute little waiter's outfit I bought you? Nobody will care about the food if you are wearing that.


hairy A.S.S. 7 years ago

Crikey mate don't be a drongo , steer clear of em mate they git reel agro n theyll be on ya like a rat up a drain pipe.

ridgie didge mate . would i lye ?


C. C. Riter 7 years ago

Hey hairy, you and Spryte may be surprised but we have a whole flock of Roos just outside of town. Some Amishman has 'em along with a bunch of other exotics from all over the world. Maybe I could go get a Roo foot ay?


hairy A.S.S. 7 years ago

You r-a-n-g-g........ Now ok we gotta do things all methodikal like.

Roo's foot. Cindy me love I'm ok with the tyin but you gotta do the gettin. Them roos get mity angry when ya arks em for a foot, they'll give you a foot awright . right up the ar....... wat Ag, cant say that wurd here. Ok wat about bum .

Now which one of youse wants sum grub.  I'll tell ya what we got . We got witchety grub, We got dogs eye and dead horse. Oh and we got a 4 week old ham and egg sanger if anyones interested.

Come on now order up ain't got awl day , Me and the crew gotta a boat to get reddy.

hey spryte me spellin gettin betr waddya reckon.?

Was that a trick kweshchen, 9-1-1,good thing I got enough fingers I reckon its godda be er, er, er, 7 . so howid I go ?


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spryte 7 years ago from Arizona, USA Author

Go ahead...I dare you to order something from him. I'll get a head start and call 9-1-1.


C. C. Riter 7 years ago

ROFLMAO, as bad as all that huh? call on hairy ass, get ur ass in here


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spryte 7 years ago from Arizona, USA Author

If it has...service is pretty damned slow around here! :)


C. C. Riter 7 years ago

this place has become the Aussie coffee shop, or Pub? what the hell is a hangout called in OZ anway? LOL


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spryte 7 years ago from Arizona, USA Author

Hairy - No

Cindyvine - LOL! Now that's a great idea!


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cindyvine 7 years ago from Kyiv, Ukraine

Hey Hairy, you can tie a roo's foot round yer neck


hairy A.S.S. 7 years ago

Fancy that Ag this sheila gots bats eye lashes, but thats ok shes still a cute little thing ain't she.

Cor don't she sound good to, sends a shiver right up me spine she does.

Phew, that was Ag's ice cream dripping down me back.

Bugger i'll have to put a clean singlet on tonight. n I've only had this one on a month as well.

hey spryte do you do washin ?

What Ag, not polite, mate she can only say no!


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spryte 7 years ago from Arizona, USA Author

*bats eyelashes*

As far as I'm concerned, you may spell words any way you wish.


hairy A.S.S. 7 years ago

Geez a rabbits' foot you say. Sounds a bit poofy to me. Wood ya reckon a sheep's foot wood work as well.

Now wile im ear i gotta put a signitcha somewear. ;-)

btw Ag teachin me sum of the small words n reckons me spellin's com'n along awrite. Wadaya reckon?


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spryte 7 years ago from Arizona, USA Author

CC -

I'll loan ya my "Have a Heart" trap and a box of butter tarts. You can have the foot....but the rest of Evilpants is wanted by Homeland Security.

Jerilee - I drew the line at the coonskin cap :) We were regular savages weren't we? LOL! Thanks for the comment!


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Jerilee Wei 7 years ago from United States

Owning a rabbit's foot was so typical of the 1950s for kids and we never gave it a second thought about what it took for the rabbit to give us one. Ugh! I'm thinking we were pretty dumb with one in our pocket, attached to our pocket knives, and wearing our Davey Crockett coon skin hats. Great hub!


C. C. Riter 7 years ago

I goota go hunt that evilpants down at midnight, where's my gun? I love this and do remember my rabbit's foot keychain too. It made no difference that I was too young to have any keys, but it was cool just to have the gawdy thing to show off with. silly me, it was a right one and not left, that explains all of my misforutnes. That's why I need to find BT now, he will lead me to one with a left foot still on.


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mistyhorizon2003 7 years ago from Guernsey (Channel Islands)

I think so LOL


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spryte 7 years ago from Arizona, USA Author

I always wondered if my rabbit's foot was "genuine." I sort of hope it wasn't...but then I thought of the alternatives for rabbit and decided that I hoped it was a rabbit's foot after all. Did that make sense?

:)


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mistyhorizon2003 7 years ago from Guernsey (Channel Islands)

I had both a rabbit's foot keyring, and a rabbit's tail keyring. Horrible looking back now, and I would never buy one nowadays, but I was only a kid, and told it was lucky to have them!!!

Never knew about the other stuff hough, must try the "rabbit rabbit" thing, (need all the luck I can get :))


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spryte 7 years ago from Arizona, USA Author

BT - Perhaps you need to take yourself to a cemetery, shoot yourself with a silver bullet beneath a full moon and remove that spare left foot to activate it? Just an idea...these things didn't come with a set of instructions. :)

Pest & Mom - So glad you enjoyed the cartoon...it's one of my personal favorites!


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B.T. Evilpants 7 years ago from Hell, MI

You're right, Pest. The comic is too much!


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Laughing Mom 7 years ago

This was so much fun, Spryte! You and your husband have a great time together, it's obvious. The cartoon was the funniest thing I've seen all day.

And I need to find one of those outhouse things, Christoph!


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Pest 7 years ago from A Couch, Lake Odessa, MI

That damn rude awakening comic has me in stitches!!!! Spectacular!


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B.T. Evilpants 7 years ago from Hell, MI

In a bitter twist of irony, my luck truly sucks! Go figure. I even had another left foot installed on my right side. Nothing. Nada. Maybe I should try carrying a moose's foot.

BTW, I used to love Stuckeys, and KOA campgrounds! And I have seen Rock City!!


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spryte 7 years ago from Arizona, USA Author

RK - I feel as if I've done my part then in reviving this custom :) Good luck to you on your rabbitting and thanks for the nice comment :)

AE - I'll have to hunt down my rabbit's foot. I think it's tucked away in that mysterious place where all jewelry of an odd fashion era goes when you don't want to wear it but you can't bear to part with it. Let me know if your rabbity ways pay off!

Christoph - What a treasuer trove! Did you ever stay at KOA campgrounds? They had some really sweet stuff. I usually went a bit crazy over the candy sticks and made myself sick eating the cinnamon ones once. I've never seen the outhouse guy and quite frankly...err...I hope I never do. LOL!


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Christoph Reilly 7 years ago from St. Louis

Yeah, Spryte, whenever we had to travel somewhere by car, we would blackmail out parents into stopping at every Stuckeys along the way. They never did stop at ALL of them, but we'd get a couple of stops each way, so we felt like we were somehow improving our lives through protest. I got so many things there that I can still remember: The aforementioned rabbits foot...my first coonskin cap, and my mom always got one of those log roll sweet things. Actually, I can't remember them all, but I always got some priceless piece of junk! Oh, yeah...the peeing guy in the outhouse...open the door and he turned and squirted water on you!


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AEvans 7 years ago from SomeWhere Out There

I must start doing that, as I never knew the story behind the rabbit foot and my older sister still carries that thing around, she has had it for years, and I am talking years. I agree with everyone I will try that "Rabbit, Rabbit" what the heck it couldn't hurt. :)


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RKHenry 7 years ago from Your neighborhood museum

What a great idea for a hub. Well written and much enjoyed. I never heard of that saying, "Rabbit, Rabbit" at the first of the month thing. I liked your husbands version though. I think I'll try that in May.


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spryte 7 years ago from Arizona, USA Author

Gwendy: I can guarantee you that saying rabbit the first day of the month will mean that within the next 30 days you'll get lucky...err...have some luck...probably. But then again, being a rabbit, having a rabbit's foot AND then saying rabbit...I'm thrice blessed with luck so I'm not the one to ask.

Christoph: Stuckeys!!! Our family stopped there a lot too. It's amazing the things you could find at those little gift shops on the highways isn't it? I always thought that one year, I could do my Christmas shopping at a rest stop...you know...just for fun stuff that you NEVER find anywhere else.

And yes...it counts. I remember once, while trying to lure my beloved into saying the word he actually replied, "I don't know what the f*ck you are talking about....rabbit ears?" Shortly after that...he got lucky.


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Christoph Reilly 7 years ago from St. Louis

I never knew all of this about the lucky (or not) rabbits foot. I'm pretty sure, the one my parents bought for me from a Stuckeys along the interstate on our way to wherever, WAS caught in a graveyard during a full moon.

As for the "rabbit, rabbit" on the first day of the month, I'd for sure be more of the moose, moose type, being confident I'll never say the other in a timely fashion. I wonder if, upon looking out on my vegetable patch, my first speech of the day was, "Godd****t, Rabbit! Rabbit in my fuc***g vegetables" would count?

AS always, an informative and facinating telling of something we actually know nothing about and yet think we do. Thank you for the supurb entertainment!


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gwendymom 7 years ago from Oklahoma

I had never heard of the saying rabbit thing before. Very interesting. love the cartoon at the top. I guess I'm going to have to remember to say Rabbit the first of every month. I think thats whats been going on with my luck. Great read Spryte, of course.

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