What is it with rabbits and Easter?
Holding a crucifix in one hand and two giant, stuffed pink and blue bunnies in the other, CNN's Jeannie Moos hit Times Square for a news segment that aired on Friday called "What's with the rabbit?"
"What does this [waving large crucifix] have to do with this [dangling stuffed bunnies by the ears]?" she asked various pedestrians as she searched for the answer to the Easter Da Vinci Code trivia. She received a lot of entertaining answers, including an impromptu song by The Naked Cowboy, who I have not yet had the pleasure of seeing in real life - even though I walk through Times Square twice a day, five days a week ... around 8 a.m. and 8 p.m. ... ahem.
"Jesus was hatched from an egg in a manger by a rabbit," he sang. Funny, but incorrect.
Bunnies are a symbol of fertility and lust. Think of the Playboy bunny and the saying "Doing it like rabbits." The rabbit - long before Christ - was a Pagan symbol of renewal, fertility and rebirth used to celebrate spring. Christians later adopted the symbol, and holiday consumerism markets the former sex symbol today in a chocolate mold.