Monday, June 30, 2014

It's Wabbit Season!

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So I was groovin' to some '80s alternative rock on Sirius XM's 1st Wave. The program's host, Richard Blade (a legendary DJ and entertainer from the UK who's super cool and a joy to listen to) was in between tunes and reminded folks that day one of a new month drew nigh. To insure good luck for that month, he advised us to say, "White rabbits, white rabbits, white rabbits," upon waking on the 1st. I was all, "Say what? Is that a thing?"

The origin of this British superstition seems to be lost in the mists of time. However, around the turn of the 20th century it was documented as totally being a thing to chant some variation of these words on the first day of a month for luck. If one finds the idea of repeating "white rabbits" three times cumbersome, alternatives include:
  1. Rabbit!
  2. Rabbit, rabbit!
  3. Rabbit, rabbit, rabbit!*
  4. White rabbits!
  5. Rabbit, rabbit, white rabbit!
  6. Bunny bunny foot foot!
*Apparently, #3 has been associated with receiving a present by the end of the month, as well.

It's not altogether clear why any of the above should be considered lucky (though a rabbit's foot has been believed to harbor talismanic properties for, like, forever). Of course, rabbits are known to "get lucky" pretty regularly (nudge nudge, wink wink, say no more) so maybe that's got something to do with it. Whatever the reason, the ritual seems a small price to pay for 30/31 days of goodness, eh? I plan to give it a shot (and I say "plan" 'cause I can't be sure I'll remember to) this coming July 1.

Think you'll give it a go? Or is there some other thing you do at the start of the month to bring on the good juju?


Sources:
Wikipedia
NPR
Yankee Magazine

14 comments:

  1. Definitely need a bit of good luck right now, so I'll be chanting white rabbits x 3 tomorrow morning! ;D

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  2. No harm in trying, if as you say, I can remember by tomorrow morning. You could call me as soon as you wake up (I'm assuming that you, working girl, awake earlier than I), and I'll respond with that; You respond with same and then we can both go about our business for the day. I love listening to Richard Blade's show, btw.

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  3. Is it possible to say it too many times? An overindulgence of rabbits? Based on how many live in our yard and under our deck, maybe I should just try saying it, instead of yelling it...at them.

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  4. I said it on June 1 and we had one of THE WORST Junes EVER. No good luck at all. In fact, it was all bad luck. It appears to have been sorted out. So i don't believe it at all anymore.

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  5. @Emma - hope it works for ye! (And all!)

    @Jules - That you are! :-)

    @SL - I could, but I warn you, I am NOT a morning person, so if I growl the words, forgive. ;-)

    @Andrea - Maybe give Elmer Fudd a ringie-ding-ding? (That second "ding" is for emphasis.) ;-)

    @JoJo - Sorry for the sucky June, JoJo. Hope July's better!

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  6. It's worth a shot, if only for the "getting lucky" aspect. ;)

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  7. Ha! I could tease the kids and make them think they're getting a pet. xD

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    1. That's utterly wicked of you. I approve! ;-)

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  8. I'm going to incorporate Bunny, bunny, foot, foot into general conversation this month and see where it gets me.

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    1. LOL ~ I eagerly await a full report. :-D

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  9. I missed this at the beginning of the month. No wonder my July's been iffy. But I like Ava's idea. Bunny, bunny, foot, foot needs to somehow become part of my lexicon.

    Hi, again, again, Mina. :)

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    1. As with Dear Ava, I will await your report. :-)

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