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The Jackalope

ladies & gentlemen: and without further ado, the zoologists’ latest contribution to scientific knowledge… RT

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“The jackalope is a tricksome critter! Dangerous to all men and beasts!” It was a tale often told around campfires in the Old West. It looked like a jack rabbit, but wore a magnificent rack of antlers on it’s head. It was a fierce fighter, an enviable ventriloquist, and a shameful lush. It’s milk came pre-homogenized and could be drunk as a powerful aphrodisiac. Too bad they were so rare, since they only bred during thunderstorms.

Of course, now we know that jackalopes don’t exist, but at the time who could say? Before the mid-1800’s, the American continent was mostly unexplored by Europeans and many simply didn’t know what to expect. Some of these ‘fearsome critters’ of legend were obvious gags (like the axehandle hound, which ate only axehandles), but remember that during the Lewis and Clark Expedition, Thomas Jefferson explicitly reminded them to keep an eye out for

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  1. September 6, 2012 at 4:00 pm

    Chuckle… one of the first critters I ‘met’ while in college in San Antonio. My boyfriend [still husband!] tried to keep his face straight while explaining this creature to my extremely urban sensibilities..

  2. September 7, 2012 at 4:49 pm

    margo: some much-needed comic relief…i went to boarding school in AZ, but still haven’t made it to san antonio… eric

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