Twitter (the fount of all knowledge) kindly informed me today that it is lucky to say “white rabbit” on the first day of the month. This I did not know! Hell, I’ve been using “pinch, punch” for years – mainly to torture my sister – but now I get to run around yelling “white rabbit” too!?
Although this now begs the question – how do you slip the words “white rabbit” into conversation?
Ana suggested trying for an Alice in Wonderland discussion. I proposed talking about owning (fictional*) white rabbits, or pretending to see one. Either way seems a bit of a stretch. Any suggestions on how to get “white rabbit” into a normal conversation without coming across as deranged?
And if you too are new to the white rabbit trend, here is how it came about (*ahem*, thank you Wikipedia):
“Rabbit rabbit” is a common British superstition. The most common modern version states that a person should say “rabbit, rabbit, white rabbit”, “rabbit, rabbit, rabbit”, “rabbits, rabbits, rabbits”, “rabbit, rabbit” or simply “white rabbits” upon waking on the first day of each new month, and on doing so will receive good luck for the duration of that month.
The exact origin of the superstition is unknown, though it has appeared in print at least as early as 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.”
However, some reports place its origins even earlier, into the 1800s. Today it has spread to most of the English-speaking countries of the world, although, like all folklore, determining its exact area of distribution is difficult. This superstition is related to the broader belief in the rabbit or hare being a “lucky” animal, as exhibited in the practice of carrying a rabbit’s foot for luck. Some have also believed it represents jumping into the future and moving ahead with life and happiness.
So there you have it. Running around yelling about rabbits is considered lucky. But only once a month. I guess it makes about as much sense as beating someone up for luck and then crying “no returns!”when they try to retaliate (shortly followed by “Muuu-UM! She HIT me!”)
*I have never owned a rabbit. The closest I came would probably be guinea pigs…