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Giant Rabbits To Feed North Korea

kdawson posted more than 7 years ago | from the mmm-thumper dept.

Science 421

iamdrscience writes with news of an East German pensioner who breeds rabbits the size of dogs. Karl Szmolinsky won a prize for breeding Germany's largest rabbit, at 23 lbs., in 2006. News photos reached the North Koreans, who asked through their embassy whether Szmolinsky would be willing to sell them some as foodstocks — each rabbit yields about 15 lb. of meat. A deal was struck and Szmolinsky will be traveling to North Korea in April to help them set up a breeding program. (The photos in the article use the most extreme, contrived camera angles to make the rabbits look even more huge.)

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421 comments

i for one (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#17600460)

welcome our Giant Rabbit Overlords

May I be the first to say... (5, Insightful)

PapayaSF (721268) | more than 7 years ago | (#17600598)

In Soviet North Korea, rabbits eat you!

Seriously though, how absurd is it that anyone thinks this is going to make any difference: it's a Communist dictatorship. The government runs food production and distribution, so of course they don't have enough food. All the rabbits in the world won't change that. It's sad and absurd that the average North Korean is still paying the price for a government that ignores that basic fact, proven so thoroughly and with so many graves in the 20th century.

Re:May I be the first to say... (4, Interesting)

drgonzo59 (747139) | more than 7 years ago | (#17600644)

Having grown in Soviet Union, I'll attest to the fact. No matter how many resources the government will have, no matter how much the technology progresses, it will all get mis-managed, wasted and funneled into militarization. The price of the human life is very low.

But I gotta give them credit, at least they got the right idea about how to properly run a communist country -- fear! Stalin style (yeah, I like the alliteration, just came up with it!) People will obey when they see their neighbors in the evening and by morning the secret police have taken them away because someone made up a lie about them being "enemies of the people." I am not making this up, this happened to families I knew personally, this is how things are in NK.

Re:May I be the first to say... (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#17600730)

Well, if you're in the U.S. now then you should feel pretty much at home, at least from the fear perspective [informatio...house.info] .

Let me welcome to the Soviet States of America.

Re:May I be the first to say... (4, Insightful)

pyite (140350) | more than 7 years ago | (#17600956)

Let me welcome to the Soviet States of America.

Such comments are really nothing but an insult to people who actually did live in Communist Russia. I know some of them, myself, and likening the United States to Soviet Russia is such a laughable comparison that you should be ashamed. Many of these people used basically all the money they had to move to countries like the US.

Re:May I be the first to say... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#17600728)

You stole my line! Well, almost. In Soviet North Korea, Giant Killer Rabbits eat you!

Hey, it's 3:30am, and I almost wondered if this was a April 1st post of some sort (expecting the foot icon), with a reference to Monty Python, eating North Koreans. Yes, I do need some sleep!

Re:May I be the first to say... (1)

Walt Dismal (534799) | more than 7 years ago | (#17600918)

If it were April 1st, the bunnies would be giant pink ponies the size of dogs.

OMG. Ponies.

Please, just shoot me now.

Re:May I be the first to say... (1)

vandan (151516) | more than 7 years ago | (#17600822)

it's a Communist dictatorship

No. It's just a dictatorship. Do some research on what communism is.

Re:May I be the first to say... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#17600840)

Communist dictatorship
rofl

Re:i for one (1)

roseblood (631824) | more than 7 years ago | (#17600608)

welcome our Giant Rabbit Overlords

Make that Giant Rabbit protein meals!

Those photos! How much abuse can one handle? I feel like my eyes have been abused by the over-use of those damned super-wide-angle lenses!

Re:i for one (4, Funny)

Foole (739032) | more than 7 years ago | (#17601012)

*wipes dust from title*

"Giant Rabbits To Feed On North Korea"

Harvey? (2, Funny)

ShaunC (203807) | more than 7 years ago | (#17600462)

Is that you, Harvey? I can't see... :)

On the plus side, I don't see anything wrong with eating rabbit meat. Rabbits are well known for their reproductive capabilities, so if it's edible, why not? It beats kimchee...

Harvey isn't a rabbit.... (1)

ricree (969643) | more than 7 years ago | (#17600704)

He's a pooka.

Re:Harvey? (1)

Palal (836081) | more than 7 years ago | (#17600890)

Actually the meat tastes better than chicken. Many middle eastern restaurants serve rabbit on the menu and it's delicious, if cooked right.

Re:Harvey? (1)

fabs64 (657132) | more than 7 years ago | (#17600988)

Rabbit cooked properly is one of the nicest meats imo.

First post... etc etc (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#17600468)

yada yada, first post, you get the idea.

They don't need this German guy (1)

TodMinuit (1026042) | more than 7 years ago | (#17600470)

They just need to follow Homer's logic: Expose the rabbits to radiation, thereby making them big.

Re:They don't need this German guy (1)

gijoel (628142) | more than 7 years ago | (#17600748)

They just need to follow Homer's logic: Expose the rabbits to radiation, thereby making them big.


Don't get me angry, Doc!
You wouldn't like me when I get angry.

Yippe (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#17600472)

fp?

Roos (4, Funny)

HermanAB (661181) | more than 7 years ago | (#17600476)

In Australia the rabbits are even bigger - I think they call them 'roos'...

Re:Roos (4, Funny)

stox (131684) | more than 7 years ago | (#17600506)

In the US, they're even bigger, we call them "politicians."

Re:Roos (2, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#17600868)

Actually, Kangaroos are often larger than your average politician; quite a bit more intelligent as well.

Re:Roos (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#17600898)

I thought those were called "Jackasses."

Re:Roos (1)

Joebert (946227) | more than 7 years ago | (#17600986)

Then there's the almighty Comedian, & they eat Politicians for breakfast.

Re:Roos (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#17600686)

Australia most likely wishes they could send all their rabbits [animalcontrol.com.au] to North Korea. Have to wonder if they would have any natural predators in North Korea.

Natural predators? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#17600722)

Yes. Starving chingers.

Re:Roos (1)

Anaxagor (211917) | more than 7 years ago | (#17600924)

Australia most likely wishes they could send all their rabbits to North Korea.

I don't think the North Korean government would accept them. They're still pretty pissed at us after what we did to one of their drug-smuggling vessels [youtube.com] ...

Swedish rabbits (1)

Dr. Cody (554864) | more than 7 years ago | (#17600914)

I grew up in America, so, for most of my life, a rabbit was a fuzzy little critter about the size of a football which hops around suburban lawns. In Western Europe, however, that is not the case. The rabbits here are huge--bigger than my first dog--and wander the streets at night like well-armed Turkish hoodlums.

Seriously, fuck those rabbits.

Seems like a make-work project... (5, Funny)

grub (11606) | more than 7 years ago | (#17600478)


who breeds rabbits the size of dogs.

Why don't the North Koreans just continue to eat dogs?

Re:Seems like a make-work project... (4, Insightful)

tilandal (1004811) | more than 7 years ago | (#17600498)

Because dogs eat protein so that would defeat the purpose.

You don't understand (2, Funny)

EmbeddedJanitor (597831) | more than 7 years ago | (#17600682)

The dogs will have to evolve and get bigger to be able to kill the rabbits. That way they get bigger dogs too!

Re:Seems like a make-work project... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#17600808)

dogs don't eat grass like koreans.

Re:Seems like a make-work project... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#17600818)

"Why don't the North Koreans just continue to eat dogs?"

'Cause they're gone, and so is most livestock.
There have been many credible reports over the years (from defectors) of NK's eating grass, bark, and even each other.

Rabbits don't seem like a bad alternative. That is *IF* they can keep them alive long enough to grow to full adulthood.

Re:Seems like a make-work project... (2, Interesting)

TubeSteak (669689) | more than 7 years ago | (#17600824)

Why don't the North Koreans just continue to eat dogs?

Because the fashion industry doesn't like to admit to selling products made out of dog fur.
really, they don't [google.com]

Re:Seems like a make-work project... (3, Insightful)

comradeeroid (1048432) | more than 7 years ago | (#17600826)

Why don't the North Koreans just continue to eat dogs?

A dog must eat meat to grow, which means you have to first feed an animal that you feed to the dog. As you can understand this is wastefull since you'll loose energy in the conversion from vegetables to dogfood.
The problem is that any conversion from vegetables to meat is a lossy one, so in the end even the rabbits are a stupid (yet so brilliantly communistic) idea. It would be better to grow crops and feed the north Koreans vegetarian food. (though they might want to rebell if forced to eat just carrots)

Re:Seems like a make-work project... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#17600842)

Why don't the North Koreans just continue to eat dogs?

They did, until they ran out of dogs. Then they started eating each other: http://www.washingtonpost.com/ac2/wp-dyn/A41966-20 03Oct3?language=printer [washingtonpost.com]

Rabbit Starvation (5, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#17600484)

mod parent up (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#17600520)

its making the problem worse

Re:Rabbit Starvation (1)

TechnoGuyRob (926031) | more than 7 years ago | (#17600688)

Symptoms include diarrhea, headache, lassitude, a vague discomfort and hunger that can only be satisfied by consumption of fat or carbohydrate. At least Americans won't be the only ones laughed at for being fat.

Re:Rabbit Starvation (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#17600828)

Reading that linked wiki should start you wondering about the dangers of using genetic manipulation or other methods of leaning our beef and pork like the industry has been doing for a while to placate the fat hating nuts.

Re:Rabbit Starvation (1, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#17600938)

Anyone on a standard Western diet will never be in danger of having a protein intake >35% of total caloric intake, which is considered the "danger zone".

Lean meat is a good thing for Westerners who have a very high fat intake. And genetic modification has little to do with it - most stock are bred conventionally for desirable traits like this (they just use genetic screening to facilitate the breeding to make it as efficient as possible).
Admittedly, most of the move towards "lean meat" is for economic and "fashion" reasons though. Substituting lean meat for normal meat really doesn't make a huge difference in most diets, and we'd all be better off just increasing fruit and vegetable intake :)

Reminds me of.... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#17600486)

Remind anyone of Night of the Lepus? http://imdb.com/title/tt0069005/ [imdb.com]

They might be giants (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#17600490)

(The photos in the article use the most extreme, contrived camera angles to make the rabbits look even more huge.)

No doubt there are many internet-dating Slashdotters who have availed themselves of such contrivances to make things look bigger than they really are.

Here is why this is a bad idea (5, Funny)

monkeySauce (562927) | more than 7 years ago | (#17600500)

Can anyone else see next month's headline? ... Giant Rabid Rabbits Wreck Havoc on North Korean Village.

The giant rabbit thing sounds straight out of a cheesy horror film. I think I would go with micro rabbits instead. You could breed them by the millions and just eat them whole like little snacks. They might be a little furry and a little crunchy, but at least there is less danger they will turn out evil and eat your children.

Re:Here is why this is a bad idea (1)

pembo13 (770295) | more than 7 years ago | (#17600756)

Poor reason. This would not be an issue since rabbits taste good. People would just eat them.

Re:Here is why this is a bad idea (2, Interesting)

jimicus (737525) | more than 7 years ago | (#17600944)

It's already happened:

http://imdb.com/title/tt0312004/ [imdb.com]

Giant rabbits you say? (4, Funny)

dj245 (732906) | more than 7 years ago | (#17600504)

Are they made of wood?

Re:Giant rabbits you say? (1)

d12v10 (1046686) | more than 7 years ago | (#17600902)

What cartoon is this a reference to again? I seem to remember vague images of a guy with an eyepatch.

Re:Giant rabbits you say? (1)

LordNightwalker (256873) | more than 7 years ago | (#17600972)

*slap*

Re:Giant rabbits you say? (1)

LordVader717 (888547) | more than 7 years ago | (#17600998)

Trojan Rabbit [wikipedia.org]

SQUISH! (2, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#17600512)

And a beef will rise again, broken machine in his hand. Ten words: snapping bunnies twitching gurgling forget the bombs in your eyes. Roaring with whispers to the tiny bunnies SMASH/SPLAT those fucking bunnies. Send them information in a sensationalist manner, THEY CORRUPT. Heads snapping and misspelling eyes twitching in response to the sound of the words. Red world-like words zooming boiling. Moons in the shallow sky. Roaring with whispers to the tiny bunnies SPLAT/SQUISH those fucking bunnies. Twitching bleeding screaming bring the hammer down. Screaming bunnies bleeding bloody bunnies smeared across the ground. Drool spilling down his chin unto his beard as he screams red words at A blank and pointless sky of mothers. Red words popping and crackling black. Ten words: Snapping bunnies twitching gurgling forget the bombs IN YOUR EYES. Forget the bombs in your eyes. Speak the words to crack open the sky

Re:SQUISH! (1)

Kreigaffe (765218) | more than 7 years ago | (#17600642)

I wish I could mod the parent up

+2: Really really weird

Horse (1)

Somegeek (624100) | more than 7 years ago | (#17600806)

Horse the Band. Wow.

Re:Horse (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#17600962)

SMASH THOSE FUCKING BUNNIES

Were's the beef? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#17600522)

"iamdrscience writes with news of an East German pensioner who breeds rabbits the size of dogs."

Pfft. That's nothing. We in the US breed humans the size of Buicks.

Help the poor North Koreans? (3, Interesting)

argoff (142580) | more than 7 years ago | (#17600532)

If he thinks that he is going to help the poor starving North Koreans, he will probably be in for the shock of his life. It will probably be for the rich ruling class, or even worse the elite may suffer from poor aim when they go out hunting rabits for sport.

If Korea is really concerned about starvation, they should look at their neighbor China. China went from a disaster of 10's of millions of starving people to total solution almost immediately. How did they do it? They let the farmers have private property rights.

Giant bunnies vs. Just get rid of Kim! (4, Informative)

drgonzo59 (747139) | more than 7 years ago | (#17600594)

North Korea is not like China, not even close. It is very much like Soviet Union under Stalin. It is pretty much a time capsule of the 50s. Google for some blogs or photos from westerners who went there, it is a totally surreal experience.

Large empty streets, every foreigner is followed by an assigned guide. If a tourist as much as takes a digital photo of one of their leader's statues that is off center or has the head cut-off they are forced to retake the picture. There are stories of children being used to help harvest poppies for heroin production after they get off school. Everything is a show, they use all of their funds to build their military while hundreds of thousands are starving. Their leader is crazy and he has nukes. Iraq was a kindergarten compared to NK. Until the crazy dictators are ruling the country no amount of giant fluffy (and yummy) bunnies will save the people from starvation...

Re: Giant bunnies vs. Just get rid of Kim! (4, Informative)

iSeal (854481) | more than 7 years ago | (#17600758)

North Korea spends %50 of it's expenditures on Military. It is a massive force, as all citizens are required to spend 10 years in it. A massive force which is a consumer of food, and is reputed to steal it at their behest. Kim Il-Sung is credited for pushing forth "revolutionary" agricultural techniques, that in reality were disastrous failures. North Korea's recent public escapades, among other previous activities, have jeopardized vital capital from South Korea (NK = cheap labour.) It has little credibility in the international marketplace, as the regime is notorious for failing to repay debts. At the same time, the regime doesn't want to initiate trade relations, because it goes against it's Juche philosophy. In truth, these are all acts of twisted paranoia for the sake of the regime's self-preservation. The starvation isn't a product of North Korea's poverty or lack of natural resources. It's a product of North Korea's regime.

A regime that would rather see the misery of all it's citizens than reunifying under the leadership of the south.

Why does this bring to mind (1)

Baldrson (78598) | more than 7 years ago | (#17600536)

David Lynch [lynchnet.com] ?

Useful Scientific Facts About Bunnies (3, Funny)

KDR_11k (778916) | more than 7 years ago | (#17600552)

DAAAAAAAAAAAA!!

They may not taste good but they can dance.

Re:Useful Scientific Facts About Bunnies (1)

WindowsIsForArseWipe (990338) | more than 7 years ago | (#17600852)

Sorry,

I think you were thinking about hamsters dancing because everybody knows white rabbits can't dance!

http://www.hamsterdance.com

Terrorism (4, Funny)

seifried (12921) | more than 7 years ago | (#17600568)

What happens when (not if) N. Korea weaponizes these giant rabbits? Possibly by irradiating them and turning them into an even larger and more fearsome animal (sort of like African killer bees, but with big floppy death ray shooting ears). Seriously folks. Won't someone think of the children?

Re:Terrorism (1)

R3d M3rcury (871886) | more than 7 years ago | (#17600650)

Perhaps he plans to attach frickin' laser beams to their heads.

Re:Terrorism (0)

urbanradar (1001140) | more than 7 years ago | (#17600856)

What happens when (not if) N. Korea weaponizes these giant rabbits? Possibly by irradiating them and turning them into an even larger and more fearsome animal (sort of like African killer bees, but with big floppy death ray shooting ears). Seriously folks. Won't someone think of the children?
This is modded... insightful? Funny, yeah, okay. But insightful?

1. We already have tons of big and fearsome animals in this world.
2. How exactly does one turn a rabbit, even a big one, into a weapon?
3. North Korea still has more likely things to turn into weapons than rabbits.
4. Across the globe, humanity is facing global warming, nuclear weapons, social injustice. In many regions, humanity is facing starvation, disease and war. C'mon people, we have bigger things to worry about than communist killer rabbits already.

Again, kudos to the poster for a funny post, but I'm not sure what to make of the moderation...

Re:Terrorism (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#17601022)

stop it. We can always make more children

Efficiency? (5, Insightful)

UOZaphod (31190) | more than 7 years ago | (#17600588)

I'm not a vegetarian myself, but even this raises questions regarding the efficiency of such an operation.

Is it more efficient to feed these rabbits vegetable matter to be converted to protein (which, according to the article, is what the diet of many N. Koreans is deficient in), or would it be better instead to grow protein-rich plants that can be consumed directly by the people?

If the rabbits can consume grasses and other things that humans are unable to digest efficiently, and convert that into protein, then I suppose it would make sense.

Re:Efficiency? (5, Insightful)

shmurfect (723759) | more than 7 years ago | (#17600702)

In terms of efficiency, it would be most efficient environmentally to have N. Koreans consume protein-rich vegetables directly, as each step through the food chain is about 10% efficient. This is why, if you look down the food chain, the biomass of plants and vegetables is exponentially greater than herbivores, as herbivores are exponentially greater than carnivores. At each step down the line, there is a tremendous waste of energy.

Re:Efficiency? (2, Insightful)

UOZaphod (31190) | more than 7 years ago | (#17600762)

What I'm wondering, however, is if the situation is such that there are tracts of land that aren't suitable for growing such protein-rich vegetables. The same land, however, may yield grasses and other plants that would make fine rabbit food. The rabbits become a supplement to the protein-deficient diet of the people, because they can convert plant matter that was once non-beneficial to something that is.

Re:Efficiency? (1)

Propaganda13 (312548) | more than 7 years ago | (#17600864)

"I feed them everything -- grain, carrots, a lot of vegetables. At the moment they're getting kale," said Szmolinsky.

Since I'm sure the Koreans could eat that themselves, I suspect the rabbits are going to get a lot of grass.

Re:Efficiency? (1)

edwardpickman (965122) | more than 7 years ago | (#17600968)

Beans provide the protein but then we deal with the methane issues and global warming. Giant bunnies or global warming take your pick.

Long term effects? (5, Informative)

sinserve (455889) | more than 7 years ago | (#17600596)

I don't know the technical name for it, but eating the ultra lean rabbit meat is known to cause malnutrition and eventual poisoning and death. I have seen several "adventure" videos where the survival experts remind viewers not to go very long on rabbit meat alone, for its lack of fat, and augment it with other sources of fat.

Oregon Trail (5, Funny)

feld (980784) | more than 7 years ago | (#17600672)

I disagree. I've made it plenty of times to California being only able to shoot and kill rabbits.

PS we used a raft to get past the last river.

PPS my wife died of cholera

Re:Long term effects? (2, Interesting)

ScentCone (795499) | more than 7 years ago | (#17600750)

I don't know the technical name for it, but eating the ultra lean rabbit meat is known to cause malnutrition and eventual poisoning and death.

But see, the thing is... the average Kim Joe in NK is already starving/malnurished. The place is a culinary hell-hole, that way. The Stalinst way they run their agriculture is having (shocking!) the same results that it did under Stalin: mass starvation and death, unless you're in the military. Eeesh, what a place. And the people there seem to really believe that they're about to be attacked by the rest of the world (or, the US, anyway), and that their current suffering is just part of their war-posture sacrifice. Incredible what the in-house propoganda machine can get away with in the complete absense of a free press, anything like modern media, and anyone who might tell it like it is fearing for their lives.

Re:Long term effects? (2, Insightful)

replicant108 (690832) | more than 7 years ago | (#17600908)

Incredible what the in-house propaganda machine can get away with

Those were exactly my thoughts reading the comments attached to this article.

Re:Long term effects? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#17600950)

And the people there seem to really believe that they're about to be attacked by the rest of the world (or, the US, anyway)...Incredible what the in-house propoganda machine can get away with

It wouldn't require a whole lot of propaganda to convince the people. They need only quote George W. Bush's 2002 state of the union address. The President of the US has labeled North Korea part of an "Axis of Evil". He has already invaded one country on the list and is pushing for sanctions against the other two. While pushing for sanctions, he is constantly reiterating that an invasion is not out of the question.

Re:Long term effects? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#17601000)

The technical name is "rabbit starvation", as someone above said: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rabbit_starvation [wikipedia.org]

LOL... (1)

JoeLinux (20366) | more than 7 years ago | (#17600654)

Now PETA is going to have to side against North Korea...muwahahahaha. PETA and bush on the same side...never thought I'd see the day...

Re:LOL... (1)

creimer (824291) | more than 7 years ago | (#17600790)

You never seen Peter the Rabbit making out in the bush before? I think you need a course in the birds and the bees.

Re:LOL... (1)

ross.w (87751) | more than 7 years ago | (#17600800)

People Eating Tasty Animals? Aren't rabbits tasty?

Military applications... (2, Funny)

creimer (824291) | more than 7 years ago | (#17600666)

Aren't these giant rabbits subject to military export control laws? An army of killer rabbits is no joking matter. It would be safer let the North Koreans have nukes than an army of killer rabbits.

Re:Military applications... (1)

Joebert (946227) | more than 7 years ago | (#17600854)

An army of killer rabbits is no joking matter.

Commander: Your excewency, the giant wabbit awmy has been compwetewy wipe out !
Excellency: Waaat ?! Were machine guns stwapped to backs ?
Commander: Yes, that pwoblem, wabbit hop, machine gun shoot, wabbit spin around like fiacwacker kill west of giant wabbit awmy !
Dr. Evil: Shoulda used the friggin lazers.

Is it just me... (1)

TechnoGuyRob (926031) | more than 7 years ago | (#17600668)

Or does that first picture just look wrong?

Re:Is it just me... (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#17600740)

Looks wrong, but feels so right...

Re:Is it just me... (1)

X-treme-LLama (178013) | more than 7 years ago | (#17600798)

Wow, thank you. I never would have clicked on the link [spiegel.de] to see the full first picture if I hadn't read your post.. And yes, it looks very odd. I got a hearty laugh out of it, that's for sure.

Ahh man-rabbit copulation. Maybe that's how he gets 'em so big. :)

The North Koreans don't want Giant rabbits (1)

rumplet (1034332) | more than 7 years ago | (#17600670)

They want animals close up, with a wide angle lens ... wearing hats

Move along... (5, Funny)

TechnoGuyRob (926031) | more than 7 years ago | (#17600698)

Nothing to see h--Oh. Wow. Nevermind.

N. Korean nuclear test (2, Funny)

halex-ab (1045040) | more than 7 years ago | (#17600700)

For those who thought that the North Korean nuclear test was a hoax, take that!

Silly rabbit... (1)

pyrrhonist (701154) | more than 7 years ago | (#17600714)

Karl Szmolinsky won a prize for breeding Germany's largest rabbit, at 23 lbs.

See, people, this is what happens when you don't heed General Mills' warning:

TRIX ARE FOR KIDS!!!!!

If I Were A Thinking Man.. (4, Funny)

JohnnyOpcode (929170) | more than 7 years ago | (#17600742)

I'd say that the N.Koreans will be breeding these wabbits to release into the DMZ (detonate the mines) as a response to everyone laughing at their low-yield nuclear capability demonstration. Kim Jong whatever his name is got the idea from Snakes On A Plane. Think of the global (not to mention local) impact of thousands of bunnies being blown-up in the DMZ (and seen on CNN). Only a evil genius would bring the world to the brink this way. F@#king brilliant, I with I had thought of it first!

One step closer (3, Funny)

Darth (29071) | more than 7 years ago | (#17600752)

One step closer to Night of the Lepus. My plans to cause the least likely horror movie to become a reality are almost complete.

rabbits the size of dogs... (1)

timerider (14785) | more than 7 years ago | (#17600754)

well, I used to have a chihuahua and a shi-tsu, so...

anyways, when I was a kid I used to visit the annual small animal breeders show in our hometown (basically, a show such as where the breeder of those "dog-sized" rabbits won that prize) because there was not much else to do in our little town, and I don't think 23lbs is that much bigger than some of the rabbits I've seen there.

North Korea now safe... (4, Funny)

kiddailey (165202) | more than 7 years ago | (#17600792)

Well, at least we know that North Korea is now safe from Jimmy Carter. ;)

It's the end of the world (2, Funny)

edwardpickman (965122) | more than 7 years ago | (#17600802)

For the love of God hasn't anyone seen "Night of the Lepus!" Deforest Kelly is dead. Who's gonna save us from the giant rabbits this time? I hope they have a rail system they can electricute the super bunnies on. If people would just watch more cheesy SciFi films we wouldn't have these problems. SciFi Channel is there to inform people! Next thing you know we'll be dealing with giant snakehead fish in our lakes. Watch these films and learn! Giant rabbits turn carnivous. They knew this in the 70s. How soon we forget!

Obligatory Monty Python quote... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#17600846)

ARTHUR:
Go on, Bors. Chop his head off!

BORS:
Right! Silly little bleeder. One rabbit stew comin' right up!

TIM:
Look!
[squeeeek]

BORS:
AAAAAAUGH!

"They cost a lot to feed" (3, Insightful)

iSeal (854481) | more than 7 years ago | (#17600888)

Did anyone else find this quote amusing, from the original article?
"I'm not increasing production and I'm not taking any more orders after this. They cost a lot to feed," he [German Farmer] said.

They're too expensive to feed for the German farmer to continue. By German rabbit-breeding standards. Now if the North Korean regime already (and allegedly) finds it too expensive to feed it's own people on even the lowest standards, how is diverting those much needed foodstuffs to rabbits going to solve anything?

Usually there's a logic to this. Unfortunately, the same people powering this decision are the same people that had the foresight of building a massive hotel that couldn't be finished (you know what I'm talking about if you're familiar with Pyongyang.)

Re:"They cost a lot to feed" (1)

neongrau (1032968) | more than 7 years ago | (#17601020)

they're just too expensive for him as a hobbyist breeder (and a pensioner as well!). he's neither a professional breeder nor a farmer, a farmer doubtlessly would have the ressources to feed them in large numbers. as the article says "12 rabbits so far" so just small scale breeding.

Fur (1)

pontifier (601767) | more than 7 years ago | (#17600976)

I find it interesting that the skins are discarded.

Why did you convert the units? (2, Interesting)

HvitRavn (813950) | more than 7 years ago | (#17600982)

TFA uses metric units, but the slashdot machinery has for some reason converted it to imperial units. Why?

Fetch the Holy Hand Grenade of Antioch (1)

Elvii (428) | more than 7 years ago | (#17600994)

O Lord, bless this, Thy hand grenade, that with it, Thou mayest blow Thine enemies to tiny bits... in Thy mercy.

and remember, Five is right out!

oblig. Monty Python (1)

Loconut1389 (455297) | more than 7 years ago | (#17601026)

But it's got big fangs!
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