Friday, January 13, 2006

Humbits or Rabmans or Bunmans

Usually, I have to go to CNEWS to find the truly bizarre.

Not today. Nope. Hand delivered, as it were, right into my "in" box. Scientists to create rabbit-human hybrid. WTF? What exactly would be the point of creating a rabbit-human hybrid? To give everyone big ears? Or floppy ears? Or to make a group of extra-fertile people? Okay, maybe the Scottish should try for that, what with their population decline and all...

But of all things, rabbits. And what would we call this new species, as it were? The whole 'Timbit' thing in Canada has given some appeal to Humbits, but I think Bunmans is a strong second.

Of course, a fringe benefit could be the ability to hop. I wonder how high a human could hop if they had the hopping ability of a rabbit. Maybe not over my house, but the shed? The doghouse, at least?

Imagine a police officer with that ability, hunting down a lowly human. One leap and he could squish him.

Okay, maybe I should go read the darned article and see what the point is. But no matter what the convoluted explanation, I still think it's a pretty damn strange idea.

Though with teeth like mine, I suppose I'd be considered very attractive to a half-rabbit...

23 comments:

JamesO said...

It's a wasted opportunity, really. They could have made a human/dog hybrid. Then all us blokes would be able to...


Sorry, that was tasteless, and lowered the tone of an otherwise morally upstanding blog;}#

Sandra Ruttan said...

Morally upstanding? Maybe by comparison to John and Stuart, not that I want to get into any piss... erm, never mind.

But morally upstanding? Have you read this blog? LOL!

jason evans said...

Not that a humbit isn't a great visual, researchers often do this sort of thing to be able to do animal studies in which the results better track what will happen in humans.

Sandra Ruttan said...

But does it have a soul? And if so, does it have free will and the right to make its own decisions?

And if it does and wants to grow up and get married some day, would that be beastiality?

The questions are endless.

James Goodman said...

That is bizarre. I wonder if it will be male or female.

if they do it at all they should at least have the common courtesy to create to of them, so that it isn't cursed with being truly unique.

Sandra Ruttan said...

Good point James. I quite agree. To be the only one of your species would be truly bizarre.

Something for the sci fi writers to play with, though.

Boy Kim said...

Continuing the last thought in your blog, you might have to change your name to Sandrabbit.

Sandra Ruttan said...

So our little hybrid encounters the big bad (misunderstood) wolf and says, "My what big ears you have... but not as big as mine!"

Umm. Carrots.

Sandra Ruttan said...

And I hate to admit it, but in high school I had the nickname Thumper.

Don't ask.

Boy Kim said...

Ok, I won't.

What the hell, I will.

Please dear sweet kind Sandrabbit, why were you nicknamed Thumper in school?

Sandra Ruttan said...

Maybe it should be a contest. Who can guess why? I bet you'd never guess, not about such a fine lady like me.

E. Ann Bardawill said...

Did you get you nick from

a)giving people a thump on the noggin when ever they annoyed you?

b)tapping your foot nervously during exams.

c) freaking out during a disection of a widdle bunny in science class

d) a strange and amourous attactment to carrots.

I chooooooooose.
D!

Sandra Ruttan said...

How about E. None of the above.

Boy Kim said...

Because one of your back legs used to hammer on the ground whenever you got excited.

Sandra Ruttan said...

Oh yeah, once they figured out it wasn't an earthquake they realized it was just the half-rabbit stomping down the hall.

Dana Y. T. Lin said...

My eyes aren't working today -

They called you thumper or humper?

*hits self with a book*

Bad Bunion, bad, bad Bunion.

You KNOW ya'all were thinking it!

Lisa S. said...

Yoiks! That is even scarier than the glow-in-the-dark fluorescent green pig in Taiwan!

I nearly sprayed my monitor with Diet Coke after reading your commend on M.G.'s blog.

And thanks so much for the encouraging words about the job situation. I really do draw strength from them. Hope you don't mind but I'm linking to you from my little corner of blogspot.

But I'm wondering..is bunniman named Harvey by any chance?

Sandra Ruttan said...

I don't know Lisa! Do we have nominations for "Peter"?

And I don't mind about the link - I'm going to add you too!

Glad your monitor survived! It's amazing how much fun you can have on the blogs. You guys give me so much to snort milk up my nose over.

M. G. Tarquini said...

Better a humbit, than a humbug.

Bardawill...carrots. I so knew that for you, it would be carrots.

R.J. Baker said...

I heard there was a cabbit(Cat & Rabbit) already roaming somewhere in Canada.

A Humbit? Female, hmmmm might work. Increased libido, but then likes to knaw on stuff - nope don't like it.

...Though I don't know maybe the Bunions...

Lisa S. said...

r.j. I prefer the jackalope myself.

E. Ann Bardawill said...

MG?

Carrots are ROOT vegetables.

Ask any Australian.

R.J. Baker said...

A jackalope. Fast and fur-oius?

I'll leave the root comment alone.