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Good morning and welcome to Summit Up, the world’s only daily column observing today’s holiday by pondering the existence of the Easter Bunny.We don’t mind admitting we have some questions.Where does he come from? What does a rabbit have to do with Easter? In real life, does he look more like a little furry rabbit, or a 6-foot-tall, unemployed actor in a rabbit suit? And – probably the most confusing bunny feature – how does he lay all those eggs? (Forgive us for quibbling, but we thought egg-laying wasn’t even possible for female bunnies.)So we’ve been doing some research here at the Corporate Suites. And it’s funny, a lot of bunny lore is shrouded in antiquity.The idea of an “Easter hare” seems to have originated in western Europe, and was brought to America in the 18th century by Germans who settled in Pennsylvania. The popularity of the hare eventually gave way to that of the bunny, cuter to look at and more fun to say.It’s generally accepted that the word “Easter” has pagan, rather than Christian origins. Eostre was the Anglo-Saxon goddess of fertility and rebirth. One bunny story, which first surfaced in the 1990s, credits Eostre with changing a wounded bird into a rabbit (who knows why?). She evidently wasn’t too skilled at her magic, though, and the new creature looked like a bunny, but was still able to lay eggs.We love this explanation, but most experts dismiss it as bunny “fakelore.”No one seems to know for sure why bunnies and eggs go together at Easter. The eggs themselves seem logical. Eggs are a pretty obvious symbol of fertility, and both the pagan and Christian holidays celebrate rebirth. Historically, Catholics weren’t allowed to eat them during Lent, so everyone went wild with omelets and egg salad on Easter.Bunnies themselves are likewise easily associated with fertility. One bunny couple can be responsible for populating an entire continent in a very short time. Just ask the Australians. In fact, aversion to rabbits in the land Down Under has prompted a national movement there to replace the Easter Bunny with the Easter Bilby. (A bilby is a marsupial native to Australia, similar to a bandicoot – whatever that is.) The switch hasn’t exactly taken the country by storm, but bilby partisans haven’t given up yet.All this bunny research answered most of our questions, but not the one about the 6-foot-tall person in a bunny suit. Who came up with such a disturbing idea? We understand the idea of Uncle Charlie dressed up as Santa Claus. The heavyset gift-giver is, after all, a human.A six-foot-tall rabbit, though, has implications of something having gone very wrong. There really isn’t anything cute at all about those huge buck teeth and wild-looking eyes.Our musings on the subject naturally turned to this day in history 63 years ago. On April 16, 1943, Swiss chemist Albert Hofmann accidentally absorbed a substance he was studying in the lab and experienced the first ever LSD high. As he later described it, the drug caused “an extremely stimulated imagination.”We can’t help but wonder if there’s some connection here.***It’s Sunday, folks, and we’re busy looking for something to eat that isn’t chocolate.


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