The Truth About the Easter Bunny

April 6th, 2012

Chocolate Easter Bunny imageEvery Easter thousands of cute little bunnies get turned into chocolate.  That’s just wrong!…..Oh, my partner just told me that they DON’T make chocolate bunnies out of real bunnies……Whew!  What a relief!……LIVE AND LEARN!

But one thing is for sure, they did used to use bunnies to test to see if women were pregnant.  Thus the phrase “The rabbit died” came into existence.
Actually, the rabbit dying had nothing to do with whether or not the woman was pregnant.  Let me explain…
Back in the 1920s a couple of scientists discovered that if you injected the urine of a pregnant woman into a female rabbit, a compound called Human Chorionic Gonadotropin (HCG) which is in the urine of  pregnant woman, would cause the rabbits ovaries to swell and change.
But to see the change in the rabbit’s ovaries, the lab had to surgically open the rabbit.  So the rabbit would (unfortunately) die due to the surgery, NOT because the woman was pregnant.
Nowadays, those cute little bunnies are no longer part of pregnancy testing.  And those home testing pregnancy kits can detect the presence of HCG on a strip of paper that either turns color or produces a line on the strip, if the woman is pregnant.
I’m still not convinced, though about where those chocolate bunnies come from.  I think I need a second opinion!

Curt Hendrix