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The rabbit died

Posted by Bill Rodgers on April 27, 2000

In Reply to: The rabbit died posted by ESC on April 27, 2000

: : Where did "The rabbit died" come from?

: Back in the old days, rabbits were used in pregnancy testing. I'm a little shaky on the details. So I'll just guess. I think the woman's urine was injected into the rabbit. The animal was killed and examined. Maybe someone else has better information. Is there a doctor in the house?

: (How about this for a pregnancy phase -- "wearing her apron high.")

You've managed to surprise me ESC. Why post a contribution which implies such gross cruelty to animals when, in truth, it simply didn't happen like that. I'm reluctant to be dogmatic without further research but it was an extract from the urine which was injected and it wasn't necessary to kill the rabbit to determine whether or not the urine sample came from a pregnant woman.

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