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Easter Humor 240

sohp writes "The longest running Internet cartoon of all, Dave Farley's Dr. Fun, has this laugher on some tasty case mods for the Easter season." cojoco sends in a webpage covering the secret dangers of bunnies, and we here at Slashdot would like to make a public service announcement that humans have a responsibility to care for their pets even if they chew through computer cords. linuxwrangler writes "It's Easter and the 50th anniversary of the Marshmallow Peep. The fine folks at Peep Research have found them to cooperative test subjects. People with too much time on their hands (tm) have braved copyright complaints to create "Lord of the Peeps, FOTP" and we can't forget NASA's brave peep-o-nauts. Happy easter."
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  • Dumping rabbits (Score:5, Informative)

    by jamie ( 78724 ) <> on Sunday April 20, 2003 @01:51PM (#5769314) Journal
    Maybe I'm just in a bad mood...

    One of the hats I wear is volunteer for the House Rabbit Society [] (Michigan chapter). We get hundreds of calls every year from people who get a rabbit for whatever reason -- gift from girl/boyfriend, Easter gift, parents bought to teach kids "responsibility," or like this case, someone who took a stray into his home instead of calling his local animal control facility.

    Probably 95% of these calls are dump calls. People get sick of an animal and want to "get rid of" it -- and yes, those are the exact words they use, almost every time, "get rid of."

    Most of those are just people who don't know how to take care of the damn thing. For cripe's sakes, people, when you get an animal, go buy a book and read it. Rabbits are not dogs or cats. For starters, they chew. And maybe I'm just in a bad mood but how much of a genius do you have to be to turn a chewing animal loose in your home without protecting your precious computer cables? Baby gates, plexiglass and cable wrap -- this is not rocket science.

    How much of a genius, to not realize that an animal that chews through a power cord [] will very possibly kill itself?

    And how much of a humanitarian, to blame the animal for your own fuckup, and dump it on a shelter?

    (If you have a rabbit, by the way, we recommend the House Rabbit Handbook [] because it's simply the best guide out there.)

    • by Blaine Hilton ( 626259 ) on Sunday April 20, 2003 @01:56PM (#5769337) Homepage
      This is a very important topic. My mother has a rabbit for a pet and she goes around telling elementry school students how they should tell their parents that they don't want a live rabbit. Anyways the chocolate ones taste better :-)
      • Whilest on the topic of people with too much time on their hands (;P )

        You have absolutly got to see this: Peregrin's Interview []

        INTERVIEW WITH BUNNY BOYD/Peregrine Took

        Our interviewer had the chance to sit down with Bunny Boyd on the set of 'Lord of the Peeps', to get his take on filling the feet of a hobbit.(I= Interviewer, B=Boyd)

        I: How did you get picked for the part of Pippin?

        B: I kenned the part was a' the go, bit I got it 'cause I'm bonnie, o'course. (laughs)

        I: How are you getting alo
      • Anyways the chocolate ones taste better :-)

        I dunno...I suspect that a well-cooked and seasoned meat rabbit would probably be pretty good.
    • Naw, I wouldn't blame it on a bad mood. You make excellent points. To summarize:

      "Bunnies have teeth. Teeth are for chewing. Duh."

      Dogs chew, too. I lost a set of headphones to a dog once. Haven't yet lost anything to a cat.
      • My cat ate an ink catridge once - and the little retard kept on chewing as ink was suprting out of the other end. Of course he (white as snow) didn't get any ink on him - it was all over my bed.

        He was banished from my room for a few hours for that, but he sat outside looking so depressed that I gave in.
        • by IIRCAFAIKIANAL ( 572786 ) on Sunday April 20, 2003 @02:15PM (#5769425) Journal
          My cat ate an ink catridge once - and the little retard kept on chewing as ink was suprting out of the other end. Of course he (white as snow) didn't get any ink on him - it was all over my bed.

          He was banished from my room for a few hours for that, but he sat outside looking so depressed that I gave in.

          Dude, you must not know cats well. Of course he didn't get any ink on himself - he was just proving that he owns your ass.

          (I speak as a guy that still has small scars from my cute widdle kitty kat from years ago :)
      • Re:Dumping rabbits (Score:5, Informative)

        by hpa ( 7948 ) on Sunday April 20, 2003 @02:11PM (#5769407) Homepage
        As a rabbit owner and heavy computer user (just google for my name if you don't believe me) I can positively confirm that a rabbit can be safely kept in the same room as the computer... in fact, that's where she [] lives. She even lived in my office at work for a while (and yes, she did run free when supervised.) What's the secret? Neat Ideas Cubes [], and a little planning. These cheap little grid squares protect the backside of my desk where all the cords are, and cords that have to go through rabbit space are all wrapped in plastic piping -- makes them too big to chew comfortably, so she leaves them alone. Cute bunny in the office :)
        • That's just -too- cool. Post photos of the cube bunny, hey? :-)
        • At least they took the bunny to the pet store and not the pound, so there's more chance of it being adopted. I've had a couple of pet rabbits over the years, and they're much nicer and happier as free-running housepets than stuck in cages. They house-train pretty well, and at least if you've got wood floors instead of carpet it's easy to clean up when they don't get to the box.

          But yes, they chew on things. They especially like phone cords - data and power cords are ok, but phone cords have just the righ

    • Rabbits are not dogs or cats. For starters, they chew

      It's not just rabbits which chew. A certain cat of my acquaintance is very good at chewing speaker cables. Keyboard, mouse, video, power, and network cables are fine -- it's only the really thin (1mm?) speaker cables which he would attack.
      • Ferrets. Ferrets instinctively know what you want left in tact, and then actively seek to destroy it. I had two of them who were allowed to run loose in my bedroom. Not only did they enjoy cords, they also developed a taste for mountain dew- they knew what the cans looked like, so if there was one on my desk, they would knock it over to get the dew to spill out, usually all over the monitor or keyboard. The last straw was when they toppled a sprite bottle onto the $2000 thinkpad... They now live in a c
      • If your speaker cables are only 1mm thick then you aren't getting the most out of the speakers, unless you have very cheap speakers of course... give some thicker cable a try and you will really notice the difference, I promise!

    • I say eat it, use those knives you never use to skin it and dress it []. I suggest a heavy citrus, scotch bonnet, salt (not too much) and vinegear marinade but that is just me.

      If you are not familiar with cooking game, so to speak I would suggest James Beard's, "American Cookery". It is full with the history of the recipes and their particulars not just in a culinary manner but some social and cultural insights as well. A good read.

      • Yeah I gotta agree. I doubt that dumped bunnies get picked up as pets in good homes very often (although the author of the original post could probably tell us) so they suck up limited resources at the animal shelter. We meat eaters are always going to eat meat so something's gotta die, if the excess rabbits are offered up to a homeless shelter or for sale for meat, it's just fixing two problems simultaneously.
        I think rabbit stew or rabbit rolled in flour with black pepper and just panfried is preferable
    • Re:Dumping rabbits (Score:2, Insightful)

      by ilsa ( 197564 )
      Don't forget baby chicks. Thankfully this isn't as common as it used to be, but somehow parents with no common sense would buy baby chicks for the kids. Sometimes they would have thier feathers dyed. Assuming these hapless creatures survived the first few days of child affection and somewhat less than expert care, it would at some point become evident that the little critter was growing up to be a chicken.

    • Re:Dumping rabbits (Score:3, Informative)

      by athakur999 ( 44340 )
      My girlfriend works at Petco. Their store actually stops selling rabbits for about a few weeks prior to Easter until a few days after, just for that reason. Lots of people buy them on impulse and most of them end up neglected or returned once Easter is over. She gotten yelled at a few times by customers who wonder where the bunnies are, and when she tells them they usually shut up and look guilty :)
    • Amen. We have two rabbits and I personally hate this time of year. You always end up with a ton if idiots that see the cute baby bunny and bring it home with no idea how to take care of it and no intention of learning. Two weeks later the local Humane Society is flooded with little abandoned rabbits.

      A little common sense and reading would solve so many problems.

      As a rabbit owner unasociated with the House Rabbit Society, I also highly recommend the House Rabbit Handbook.

    • by 0x0d0a ( 568518 ) on Monday April 21, 2003 @04:23AM (#5772055) Journal
      And how much of a humanitarian, to blame the animal for your own fuckup, and dump it on a shelter?

      Okay, I know this will probably offend some people, but...what's the deal here? Really and honestly, if you get a chicken or a duck or a rabbit or whatever, there are people running around who are saying that if you aren't sure you can take care of it, you shouldn't get the thing. What do they have to support their argument? What's *wrong* with getting an animal, deciding that you don't like it, and having it put down?

      It isn't on "humanitarian" grounds, as jamie's pointing out, since a humanitarian specificaly values *human* welfare.

      Some sort of general ban on killing animals? I kill bugs, like the ants that like to get into my room all the time, and don't have the slightest problem with it. Most people don't. What's the mysterious dividing line between rabbits and ants? They both sense pain, etc, etc.

      Some sort of pratical issue? We ban murder in most societies because allowing murder produces severe negative social effects on the society. If you allow it, people get desperate and attack other people back, and the society devolves into violence. Killing a rabbit -- there isn't much of a social impact there. Hitchcock's The Birds was a fantasy -- the critters aren't going to be able to do anything back to you.

      The only reason I can think of that we have shelters for rabbits, but not for spiders, is that rabbits and fuzzy animals trigger a deep irrational "It's cute!" response -- the same sort of thing that drives PETA. Then we develop a moral system using these basic, irrational reactions as axioms that we then use to *justify* the reactions and our actions. "But it's *wrong* to keep a rabbit and then let it die!" *Why*, I ask?

      Finally, if jamie and PETA and friends succeed, and people run out and buy N - M rabbits one year instead of N rabbits...then what? You have M rabbits that don't even have a chance at *life*. Yeah, maybe those rabbits would have ended up spending their last moments working on an electrical cord...but I'm still glad that *I* exist, even if I happen to die next week getting run over by a car.
    • As the owner of the webpage for which this
      thread was started, I feel that I have a right
      to defend myself:

      Lighten up!

      - We saved a rabbit from a car park and almost
      certain death
      Bunny Karma +1

      - We fed, watered and pampered it for a week:
      Bunny Karma +1

      - We don't have a large cage or grass in the back
      yard, so we let it hop around the house when
      we were home.
      Bunny Karma +1

      - We don't have the space to keep the rabbit,
      so we had to find it a home
      Bunny Karma 0

      - We didn't realize that it w
  • by B3ryllium ( 571199 ) on Sunday April 20, 2003 @01:53PM (#5769325) Homepage
    I feel a sudden need for a link to that picture of the bunny with a pancake on its head.
  • Easter (Score:5, Funny)

    by Anonymous Coward on Sunday April 20, 2003 @01:54PM (#5769326)
    Happy Easter Everyone.
    Try this one too...

  • by EraseEraseMe ( 167638 ) on Sunday April 20, 2003 @01:57PM (#5769345)
    ...the most dangerous rabbit [] of all
  • Peep? (Score:5, Funny)

    by Ignorant Aardvark ( 632408 ) <cydeweys&gmail,com> on Sunday April 20, 2003 @01:59PM (#5769355) Homepage Journal
    Shouts out to all my peeps in tha house! ... Sorry
  • by quantaman ( 517394 ) on Sunday April 20, 2003 @02:00PM (#5769362)
    Note the glowing red eyes []!

    Bunnies aren't just cute like everybody supposes! They've got them hoppy legs and twitchy little noses! And what's with all the carrots? What do they need such good eyesight for anyway?

    (blatantly ripped off from Buffy)
  • by matt-fu ( 96262 ) on Sunday April 20, 2003 @02:05PM (#5769388)
    From the slightly-out-of-date Doctor Fun FAQ []:

    Is Doctor Fun the oldest comic on the Internet?

    No. That would be "Where the Buffalo Roam []" by Hans Bjordahl. "Where the Buffalo Roam" started in 1991, and had its own Usenet group long before Doctor Fun came along, and is still running on the web.

  • god is dead, and i am alive. easter greetings []
  • by Lord_Slepnir ( 585350 ) on Sunday April 20, 2003 @02:14PM (#5769421) Journal
    Bunnies aren't just cute like everybody supposes
    They got them hoppy legs and twitchy little noses
    And what's with all the carrots?
    What do they need such good eyesight for anyway?
    Bunnies, bunnies, it must be bunnies

    For the complete lyrics and MIDI files []

  • The deadliest rabbit ever [] (from Monty Python and the Holy Grail)
  • My brother had the same problem with his bunny. Ate every cord in the house one night.

    Scary. I was at pets on broadway today, buying cat treats for my puss.

    Didn't see the rabbit though....
  • Ah peeps... (Score:5, Interesting)

    by Cyno01 ( 573917 ) <> on Sunday April 20, 2003 @02:28PM (#5769475) Homepage
    Reminds me when i brought in some peeps and we put them in the vaccum chamber in the chem lab. They started to grow a bit like we hypothesised(like the marshmallows in the jar in the foodsaver vaclock II infomercial) but then i guess all the air pockets in the marchmallow collapsed and we ended up with paper thin little blobs of purple sugar. Tasted the same, but not so chewey.
  • Forgot this one from my original post: the Peep War [] strategy game.
  • Meh.. (Score:5, Funny)

    by fadeaway ( 531137 ) on Sunday April 20, 2003 @02:37PM (#5769503)
    I don't know about you guys, but the annual fight to the death involving my mother, aunt, and grandmother over how the stuffing should be prepared is just about all the Easter humour I can handle. =\
  • We celebrate a different [] holiday today. Just call me a heathen ;)
  • and we here at Slashdot would like to make a public service announcement that humans have a responsibility to care for their pets even if they chew through computer cords

    Funny this should be brought up. Last night my fiancee called me and while we were talking she noticed the light was out in her refrigerator. I asked her if the fan was running which she said it wasn't. So I said it could only be three things - 1) The plug was unplugged, 2) her rabbit chewed through the cord, or 3) the breaker tripped. T

  • by philovivero ( 321158 ) on Sunday April 20, 2003 @02:46PM (#5769536) Homepage Journal
    NTK Now (or NT Know, depending on your chronology) sez:
    To celebrate Jesus being buried in a chocolate egg and on the third day ascending to heaven as a little yellow chick, (and also because it's a public holiday in Britain) we're not doing an NTK this week.
    Ha! That is funny.
  • I moderate this whole article as +1, Thrull
  • Heh (Score:3, Funny)

    by Ryan Stortz ( 598060 ) <> on Sunday April 20, 2003 @02:55PM (#5769570)
    Happy Jesus on a stick day!
    • Re:Heh (Score:4, Informative)

      by eclectro ( 227083 ) on Sunday April 20, 2003 @08:59PM (#5770914)

      Happy Jesus on a stick day

      "Jesus on a stick day" would be traditionally "good Friday", or the Friday before Easter, when he died on the cross.

      The day that he rose from the dead and left the tomb is Easter and celebrated today.

  • Every year for easter, I have rabbit for dinner. Sometimes stewed, sometimes BBQ'd. I explain to my kids that we are "eating the easter bunny". (This is my one touch of right-wing Christian reactionary - I can't stand the silliness that is indulged in the name of "celebrating" Christian holidays. I hate Satan "I do not exist" Claus, and I DESPISE the "easter bunny." If you wanna be a pagan, fine - not my business - but for those who claim to be Christian to celebrate the most holy-days of our faith wit
  • If Slashdot is going to endorse Catholic Easter, I sure hope that they also endorse Eastern-Orthodox Easter. Next weekend, all of the Russian-, Greek-, Romanian-, Egyptian-, Bulgarian-Orthodox, etc. faiths will be celebrating Easter and I damn well expect a posting on Slashdot. You can figure out all of the other days here [].
    • passover. It's still going on. You couldn't have easter without passover.
    • Slashdot isn't endorsing Catholic Easter, they're endorsing pagan/atheist Easter, which happens to have the same name and be celebrated on the same day. Bunnies and Peeps have nothing to do with Catholic Easter whatsoever. Had the /. story been about the Pope's sermon today, that wuld be a different matter.
  • Ah, yes... (Score:3, Insightful)

    by ransom2003 ( 652619 ) on Sunday April 20, 2003 @03:08PM (#5769620)
    Let's remember what Easter is all about...Bunnies. It's got nothing to do with God coming to earth in the form of a man to pay the ultimate sacrifice for our sins. Let's dress this holiday up just like we dress up every other Christian holiday and turn something sacred into a great way to sell Cadbury Eggs.
    • Re:Ah, yes... (Score:3, Informative)

      by Mononoke ( 88668 )

      It's got nothing to do with God coming to earth in the form of a man to pay the ultimate sacrifice for our sins. Let's dress this holiday up just like we dress up every other Christian holiday and turn something sacred into a great way to sell Cadbury Eggs.

      It's a pagan holiday. Just because you christians decide to celebrate somthing else this weekend doesn't mean you can dictate the was the rest of us spend our day.

      Don't believe me? Here's the real story about how Eastre was originally a pagan celeb []

  • 420 (Score:2, Funny)

    by stevejsmith ( 614145 )
    Dammit. The Catholic church is the only church that would screw up 4/20 by shoving the holiest day of the year right down on top of it. Yeah, well smoke this, God!

    By the way, does anybody else find it funny that if you do a Google search for 420, most of the sites are down? Including High Times magazine!
  • I pledge allegiance to the Easter Peeps Flag [] of the United States...
  • When my wife was a kid:

    Wife: what's good friday?
    Brother: That's the day Jesus died.
    Wife: then what's easter?
    Brother: Thet's when the easter bunny came along and dug him up.

    And I married that pagan.
  • For interspecies comparison with peeps, check out this research project [wwforintef...pscheckout] on Lindt Gold Bunnies.
  • ARTHUR: What, behind the rabbit?
    TIM: It is the rabbit.
    ARTHUR: You silly sod!
    TIM: What?
    ARTHUR: You got us all worked up!
    TIM: Well, that's no ordinary rabbit!
    ARTHUR: Ohh.
    TIM: That's the most foul, cruel, and bad-tempered rodent you ever set eyes on!
    ROBIN: You tit! I soiled my armour I was so scared!
    TIM: Look, that rabbit's got a vicious streak a mile wide! It's a killer!

    Death awaits with large, sharp, pointy teeth! [] (Now, THAT's an easter bunny for ya.)
  • Im jewish, you insensitive clod!
  • Here [] -- Victim Peeps were put between at least four anthills in an attempt to replicate some ancient torture tests attributed to Native Americans from many years ago. While the Bunnies are hardly masters of torture, the honey was easy enough to come by. The rest should have been obvious, but this "experiment" provided proof positive that the Peeps are *so* evil, and *so* impossible to deal with. Essentially NO ants took the bait. A few unfortunate insects managed to get themselves trapped in the honey, only
  • Did you hear they cancelled Easter this year? Yep, they found the body.
  • The User Friendly [] strip for Easter Sunday has the right idea. ;-)

  • I thought that there was a poll, and most slashdotters weren't Christian, but instead were Hindi or Muslim. I might be wrong though.

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