April 30, 2008

Lucky Rabbit's Foot, Unlucky Rabbit

Any of you who grew up in the 80's probably owned a lucky rabbit's foot at one time or another. I know I always had one swinging from the zipper of my backpack and I loved to rub it during class, feeling the hard tendons and nubby toenails. It grossed me out a bit back then, and still grosses me out now. But I still love the things.

Since we live in utterly p.c. times, you don't see rabbits' feet for sale anymore. Decorating with severed limbs is so passe. But I've been wanting to have one anyways so I went ahead and whipped one up for myself out of my fabric. It turned out pretty well and I got to thinking about all the poor, gimpy rabbits out there. Naturally I had to then make the rabbit as well.

I got online to see what the deal was with lucky rabbit's feet anyway. I got way more than I bargained for. According to what scattered information I could find, there are many requirements for a rabbit's foot to actually posses good luck. Get a load of this:

It has to be the left, hind foot of a rabbit

The rabbit must have been shot in a cemetery

Either during the full moon or the new moon (there is some discussion as to which is best)

On a Friday

Preferably Friday the 13th

And it should be raining at the time

The rabbit should be shot with a silver bullet

But still be alive when the foot is removed.


I'm not making this up, folks. The whole idea of rabbit's feet being lucky comes from hoodoo, an African-American folk magic. So it's got to be real, right?

Unfortunately, I confess that my rabbit's are not the wet, cemetery type. All my rabbits are farm raised and fed a steady diet of high quality cotton stuffing. My workers are careless with which appendage gets whacked, it's usually the one that has the least poop on it. Then they mock the rabbit and eat it. I'm not sure that produces the appropriate hoodoo magic, but it still makes for a fun keychain. (I'm selling them here)

I loved this quote I found from humorist R. E. Shay," "depend on the rabbit's foot if you will, but remember it didn't work for the rabbit."


37 comments:

Kari said...

That is such a cute idea! Love them! And that pic of the poor rabbit w/ the hook is hilarious:)

Angela said...

ha! love the rabbit with the hook.

Jamie J said...

The rabbit with the hook is classic!

Colleen said...

You are an evil genius. In Australia they sell kangaroo paws as backscratchers. Seriously. Here's a photo:

Severed kangaroo limbs

Emmy said...

I think this is my favorite of your animals! I love your sense of humor. I am sooooo glad you are back in your blogging groove!

Chris & Allie said...

Ha! Those are awesome!! The hook is the best.

Jenny said...

I gotta hand it to you Hollywood, your hook-arm rabbit is pretty clever.

Hollywood said...

Thanks you guys! I actually stuck the rabbit and his lucky paw in the mail today to send to a plush exhibition in St. Louis in June. They accepted me to be part of the plush show (Crammed Organisms is the name of the event) and I'm REALLY excited about it. I submitted four different pieces for the show and they are going to be in a book and everything. Pretty cool stuff. I'm sure I'll be talking more about on the blog later.

So now we just need a good name for old hookie rabbit. Any suggestions?

Hollywood said...

GAh! Anyone who hasn't clicked on Colleen's link to the kangaroo feet yet, DON'T LOOK! That's about the grossest thing I've ever seen. At least with rabbit's feet there is furry fur covering all the bones and such. So gross!

Erin said...

Seriously, you are so creative! And so good with a sewing machine. So funny.

Rebecca said...

The rabbit's cute but those rabbit's feet are a little scary looking.

Suzie Petunia said...

the HOOK! OH, that cracks me up. Thanks.

Nancy Sabina said...

You are so freakin' hysterical. I feel honored to know you.

Lisa said...

Does the rabbit with the hook come with the amputated appendage? Or is it sold separately? That's kinda weird, like keeping your tonsils after having them removed, or your appendix.

Lisa said...

What about "Cap't Luck" for his name?

Mrs. Morty said...

What a hoot!! His crazy little eyes and hook hand are so funny!

Moddy said...

That is too funny. thanks for the laugh to get my day started.

Mamie said...

"Decorating with severed limbs is so passe."

crack.up.

Anonymous said...

now these I would truly love to own!

April said...

ROFL.... kinda morbid too.

Irishmama said...

Its pure genius!

April said...

Gimpy? Tripod? Tee (as in Amputee)? Feeling (as in the song "hooked on a feeling")? i dunno :)

Jill said...

I have always wondered why a rabbits foot would be considered lucky. It didn't seem to bring much luck to the poor little bunny that had it removed while still alive after being shot with a silver bullet under the full moon in a rainy graveyard on the evening of Friday the 13th.
Especially if he was left footed.

Your bunny with the hook made me laugh out loud!

Name suggestions......
Stumpy?
Furry fugitive?
Lepus Hookleftis?

Kate said...

I adore this idea!

Lucy said...

I remember always feeling sorry for the rabbit. Humans will do anything to make a buck from an animal. It's disgusting. You know these furry little kittens in stores that are curled up sleeping that you can buy to set on your table? Read up on that. Real cat fur off of real kittens in China. And Americans buy them.

Calidaho said...

Of course you thought of this! By the way, my friend LOVED the Irish Monkey. She agreed that her son should have nothing less than a toy with attitude!

ashley marie said...

I had a rabbit foot hanging from my Jansport backpack way in the day. It was orange and had nasty long toenails. Seriously, what can be more lucky than a dyed foot in desperate need of a pedicure?

ashley marie said...

...oh, and when it didn't bring me luck (which was quite often), I became one with the foot and used it to scratch unsuspecting victims as if it were my own limb...

Perla said...

that rabbit with the hook is about the coolest thing i've ever seen

Silly Marie said...

Going off one of the other comments, you could name it:

Ampu T. Bunny

Sarah said...

now that is funny.

pflower10 said...

Or you could just call him "Righty"

Jessica G. said...

Love the hook idea! You are a genius! Sick and twisted but still...genius!

katherine said...

I love the hook pawed rabbit with the rabbit foot! You are to clever for your own good!! And its PURPLE!

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Vicky said...

You NEED to sell that rabbit too. I love it!

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