Friday, June 1, 2012

Do YOU "Rabbit Rabbit"?

Hang on, before we get started:
If you have no idea what I'm talking about,
then no one has taught you this weird little universal inside-joke,
andit means you're about to learn what it is and what it's all about.
I first learned of Rabbit-Rabbit in my freshman year of college.
A girl that lived a few doors down would yell RABBIT RABBIT!! to each of us on the first day of each month.  She told us that it was lucky, but you have to be the one to say it FIRST to the other person, and that's the part that can make it fun and interesting.
Around 11:58pm on the last day of each month, we would pretty much go into hiding, trying to sneak around and catch the others off-guard somehow, usually in the middle of the night in some unexpected way.  It was fun.
Recently I Wikipedia-ed this little tradition, and this is what I found:
"Rabbit rabbit rabbit"
is one variant of a common British is a frequent tradition in many English-speaking countries.  It appeared in a work of fiction in 1922:
"Why," the man in the brown hat laughed at him, "I thought everybody knew 'Rabbit, rabbit, rabbit.' If you say 'Rabbit, rabbit, rabbit'—three times, just like that—first thing in the morning on the first of the month, even before you say your prayers, you'll get a present before the end of the month."
During the mid-1990's, U.S. children's cable channel Nickelodeon helped popularize the superstition in the United States as part of its "Nick Days",
Nickelodeon would promote the last day of each month as "Rabbit Rabbit Day" and to remind kids to say it the next day.
So once you've learned this game,
you go about with your life, and randomly you will find a total stranger or a new friend who knows of Rabbit-Rabbit, and you both revel in the weirdness of the world for a moment because you are from completely different places.
And the game begins to grow...
Then sometimes you get busy with life, and you forget.  And it's a fun reminder when someone gets you.  And sometimes, well, sometimes you're sitting at home, alone and wide awake, and you remember that it's the last day of the month....
So last night, around 11:33pm I pulled out some ordinary paper plates.
I roughly drew some rabbit ears...
And colored in the parts that needed to be cut out:
(because I would probably lop off an ear without realizing it!)
Grabbed a pink marker,
made some teeth,
drew in the ears, and:

 I love this little game because you celebrate the beginning of each month and it gives you a cause to be silly with your friends.  Just another little holiday, like Talk Like A Pirate Day, another little reason to celebrate life in a strange way.
I sent the picture out to several of my friends late last night.
This morning I had so many little emails it made me smile.
Life ain't so bad after all.
I got lucky and received these two pictures in return:

Ain't Life Grand?

(Looking forward to next month now?)

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