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09 November 2005 @ 08:32 am
Where Jackalope stories come from  
Jackalopes aren't real, but that doesn't mean that there's not a reason for the myth to exist. (WARNING - this creeped me the fuck out)
devilstears on November 9th, 2005 04:18 pm (UTC)
Disturbing. Poor rabbits. But wouldn’t it be an interesting concept if it transferred to humans and became a plague? People who needed to keep working to feed their families would have to chip off or cover the horns all the time... Some would decorate them or bear them proudly. Some would have fake horns for halloween, which would alienate those who had the disease like those who imitate leprosy... That’s another unfortunate and disturbing disease.
From the Bad side of Bad Towneorbitsquirrel on November 9th, 2005 04:28 pm (UTC)
Unfortunately the growths are not really that horn like. They are actually warty growths (read benign cancer) that can lead to tumors. If one does a quick google search on Shope papillomavirus, this information and more is readily available.

P.S. A google search on just the papillomavirus tells us that the virus (or a strain of it) is actually the cause of genital warts, the human STD.
devilstears on November 9th, 2005 04:35 pm (UTC)
It's sad and true that reality is rarely so fun as the imagination. Genital warts do not an interesting story make. Still, I think a disease that caused horn-growth in humans would be terribly cool. Not that'd I'd ever want to have it. But the consequences would be worth writing about.
Oυτιςerragal on November 9th, 2005 06:06 pm (UTC)
There have been a few cases of people growing keratin horns.

From the Bad side of Bad Towneorbitsquirrel on November 9th, 2005 07:48 pm (UTC)
You are right the consequences would be very interesting to write about and would make a great article on how a society would react to such a phenomena.
Oυτιςerragal on November 9th, 2005 06:04 pm (UTC)
They are cancerous or precancerous growths but they are made of keratin, the same substance as fingernails, claws, and hair. They would have no bony core so would never be like true antlers or horns but if they were thick enough they could be like a rhinos' horn.

p.s. one word "horny"
From the Bad side of Bad Towneorbitsquirrel on November 9th, 2005 07:46 pm (UTC)
Ah, I did not find that they are made of keratin. My bad for not doing a full search.