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Bruce gets Bugs. Simon rabbits on.

As always, click on the pics for more information - or in this episode, to literally go down lots of rabbit holes!

A Rock hydrax, also known as a Dassie in South Africa - Bruce has seen Dassies on Table Mountain!The reason we call Spain España

A Lucky Rabbits Foot

Australia and rabbits

Norman Rabbit Warrens

Alice's White Rabbit

Click to listen to Alice in Wonderland read by us and other Voiceovers for charity in the Wonderland Challenge.

British Motorcyclists Federation

A rabbit performing a Binkie

Fictional Rabbits

Bruce's favourite Jessica

Here's a list of fictional rabbits

Energizer Bunny Commercials

More here

Bugs Bunny

An hour of Bugs.

Mel blanc and Carrots

For years, the factoid has been circulating in trivia columns, "did you know?" lists and viral tweets that claim Mel Blanc, the "man of a thousand voices" behind Daffy Duck, Porky Pig, countless other beloved cartoons, and yes, Bugs Bunny, was allergic to carrots. The fact also sometimes goes on to say that this is why Blanc would chew carrots for those moments where Bugs was munching on one, then spit them out instead of swallowing.

Well, it isn't entirely untrue... but a lot of it is.

First, the truth: Blanc did indeed spit out carrots while recording those scenes where Bugs punctuated his sentences with a healthy chomp. However, it wasn't because he was allergic. It was something much more mundane.

Mel Blanc was so dedicated to his craft he went to a pig farm to get the voice of Porky right

"First of all, I don't especially like carrots, especially not raw," Blanc wrote in his 1988 book That's Not All, Folks! "And second, I found it impossible to chew, swallow, and be ready to say my next line."

They tried to find other options, but there was just no replacement for that carroty crunch. "We tried substituting other vegetables, including apples and celery, but with unsatisfactory results," Blanc wrote. "The solution was to stop recording so that I could spit out the carrot into a wastebasket and then proceed with the script. In the course of a recording session I usually went through enough carrots to fill several."

Even though he didn't like carrots, Blanc still appreciated what Bugs did for the popularity of the vegetable. "Bugs Bunny did for carrots what Popeye the Sailor did for spinach. How many lip-locked, head-swiveling children were coerced into eating their carrots by mothers cooing, 'But Bugs Bunny eats his carrots.' If only they had known."

We didn't mention Looney Tunes which is another whole story. The music in these cartoons goes undetected most of the time, but it's some of the most advanced music of its day. And it's all composed and played by an orchestra. And you never even realised it. Carl Stalling started with Disney, but moved on to Warner Brothers and inspired a generation of composers

Here's the Danish National Symphony Orchestra playing some of Carl's work

Oh, hell... We've gone down a rabbit hole!

Rabbit diet

Clark Gable eating a carrot in It Happened One Night in 1934

Maltese Stuffat al Fenek

Making a Lindt 1 kilo Bunny

The Many Species of Rabbit

An Angora Rabbit

Chas and Dave's Oeuvre

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