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Monday, May 25, 2020

Mystery: Easter Bunny

Poached from a Forbes article. Sorry, Forbes. Please don't sue.

As of late, I’ve been feeling a mixture of burnt out and just flat out exhausted. While this year in general has been kicking me while I’m down, this month in particular has been grueling. As such, I’m just taking the easy way out and covering a lot of really easy stories until we get to the capstone story. So for today, let’s talk about the Easter Bunny. No, not the Easter Bunny you’re likely thinking of. Today, we’re off to Michigan.


The Story


According to Michael Newton’s Encyclopedia of Cryptozoology, an Oregeon-based Bigfoot researcher named Raymond Crowe had learned of a hairy hominid nicknamed the Easter Bunny. It had been seen in various parts of the state of Michigan, Oddly, beyond this, there’s nothing else on it.


There’s one source given: “Around The Weird: Bizarre News Briefs”, which is from “Wireless Flash Weird News” from June of 2002. I tried to track this down, but ultimately came up empty handed; there’s nothing I can find on this cryptid. No news source, no obscure cryptid list, nothing. All there is is the entry in the aforementioned encyclopedia. While the book does have a fair number of very obscure cryptids in them, this one strikes me as one of the weirdest, both because of the name and because no matter the combination of words that I use when Googling gives me jack squat. Though hey, I guess that’s a local-ish legend for you. So let’s move onto the theories.


Theories


1. It’s real


For the first theory, we have the idea that the Easter Bunny is real. Goodness, and they said that most childhood icons aren’t real. Well, take that adults! The Easter Bunny may in fact be real. Though is there any evidence for this? In my attempts to find this out, I sadly couldn’t find anything. Sorry kids!


2. It’s a legend


Our second and final theory is that the Easter Bunny is a mere legend. Well, given the lack of photos, videos, or even an article, I’m gonna hazard a guess and say that this theory will be extremely popular among the skeptics that visit this blog.


My Take


While certainly not implausible given it’s simply said to be a hairy hominid, the fact there’s precisely nothing on the Easter Bunny makes me think that it’s probably nothing more than just a legend at best and a complete fabrication at worst. However, I don't think the latter is the case; I doubt that Michael Newton would make up something so insipid to add to a book that is already 500+ pages long. Though I like to cover my bases as best I can and if he somehow comes across this: please don’t sue me for defamation. I’m a huge fan of your work.


Conclusion

I find it fascinating how, even in the digital age, there are still legends that remain extremely obscure except for the area where they originated. Does this mean that the Easter Bunny isn’t real? Well, not necessarily. It’s possible that in a very deep corner of the Internet, there’s an article I overlooked. However, as it stands, this cryptid is one that I leave entirely up to you to come to a conclusion on. Until next time: stay safe.

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