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Jackalope


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The great American jackalope



The jackalope (Lepus temperamentalus) is a mythical cross between a jackrabbit and an antelope (or sometimes a goat or deer), and is usually portrayed as a rabbit with antlers. It is also called an antelabbit, horny bunny or stagbunny.
Some "propose" that it is a hybrid of the pygmy-deer and a species of killer-rabbit. Reportedly, jackalopes are extremely shy unless approached. It has also been said that the jackalope can convincingly imitate any sound, including the human voice. It uses this ability to elude pursuers. No jackalope has ever been captured alive.
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History


The jackalope legend in the U.S. is attributed by the New York Times to Douglas Herrick (1920-2003) of Douglas, Wyoming, in 1932. Postcards showing jackalopes were also sold in the U.S. in the 1930s. Horned rabbits abound in European and, particularly, German and Austrian, legends as the raurackl, rasselbock and wolpertinger. All of these legends are probably inspired by rabbits infected with a virus (Shope papillomavirus) which causes hornlike growths in various places on their heads and other parts of the body. The many illustrations of horned hares shown in scholarly works by European naturalists in the 16th, 17th and 18th centuries (engraved plates for the Encyclop├ędie M├ęthodique, 1789, for example), were probably similarly inspired.
It is said that a jackalope may be caught by putting a flask of whiskey out at night. The jackalope will drink its fill of whiskey, and its intoxication will make it easier to hunt.[edit]


Humor

Mounted jackalope



In the American West mounted heads, and postcards of jackalopes are a popular item in some novelty stores. Jackalope legends are sometimes used by locals to play tricks on tourists. This joke was employed by Ronald Reagan to reporters in 1980 during a tour of his California ranch. Reagan had a rabbit head with antlers, which he referred to as a "jackalope", mounted on his wall. Reagan liked to claim that he had caught the animal himself. Reagan's jackalope hangs on the ranch's wall to this day.[edit]


In pop culture


A jackalope character was featured in the U.S. television show America's Funniest People, where it would laugh a lot while playing mean tricks on people. It was also featured on the very first Nickelodeon show Out of Control which was also hosted by Dave Coulier.
The jackalope was used in an episode of Pinky and the Brain as a key part of one of Brain's plots. The two mice disguised themselves as jackalopes and claimed that they were an endangered species, and that their native habitat was Pittsburgh. The city was quickly evacuated, and Brain proceeded to use its steel in one of his plots for world conquest.
A giant female jackalope and her 'normal' sized baby appeared in an episode of the short-lived NBC fantasy series Eerie, Indiana (or more exactly, the later revamp/spinoff Eerie, Indiana: The Other Dimension.)
The comic strip Bloom County had as one of its characters Rosebud the Basselope, a cross between a basset hound and an antelope.
Science fiction and fantasy writer Alan Dean Foster wrote a short story titled Jackalope, in which his Mad Amos character served as a guide for a big game hunter, on an unsuccessful hunting expedition for the beast. They encountered jackalopes, as well as the beasts who prey upon them.
Pixar's jackalope



A Canadian industrial rock band has also named itself for the animal, although the band spells its name Jakalope.
French musician Toog released the song "The Wild Jackalope" on his 2002 album Easy Toog for Beginners.
Pixar Animation Studios created a short film, "Boundin'", that features a wise, nameless jackalope as a main character. This short precedes the showing of the 2004 film The Incredibles.
There is a Magic: The Gathering card called "Jackalope Herd".
Japanese band Shonen Knife wrote an English-language song called "Jackalope" for their album Happy Hour.
Country musician Steve Earle recorded a song called "Creepy Jackalope Eye" with The Supersuckers on his album Sidetracks.
A female DJ also goes under the name of Jackalope and plays at the Defcon hacker conference as well as many other raves.[edit]


In literature


In J. T. LeRoy's novel Sarah, "lot lizards" (prostitutes who ply their trade at truck stops) make pilgrimages to "Holy Jack's Jackalope" in the backwoods of West Virginia to avail themselves of its miraculous powers.

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