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Meredith Franco’s recent “Bunnies Good and Bad” post brought to mind another bunny: the suicide bunny. Perhaps visions of cute cartoon bunnies creatively offing themselves are not the thing on Valentine’s Day. Then again, perhaps they are.

British scriptwriter Andy Riley’s “The Book of Bunny Suicides: Little fluffy rabbits who just don’t want to live anymore” (Plume 2003) is a collection of delightfully devilish line drawings. Picture a hapless hare performing hara–kiri on Darth Vader’s sword or waiting patiently beneath a stalagmite’s ominous point.

The suicide-abroad moments are priceless. Death by Dutch windmill never looked so cute. Then there’s the Leaning Tower of Pisa. If all goes according to bunny plan, it will soon lean no more.

Riley puts out a weekly comic strip in The Observer. He’s also been working on the animated film “Gnomeo and Juliet,” slated for release in 2008. For more suicidal bunnies, check out the sequel, “Return of the Bunny Suicides” (Plume, 2005).

We invite you to check out this slideshow of bunnies in death drive.

About the author

Vivien Kim Thorp got her first taste of travel aboard Caribbean-bound cruises, leaving from her native Florida. While these trips resulted in a life-long aversion to cruise ships, they did whet her appetite to see the world. (One could even call it an addiction.) Since then, she has traveled throughout Europe, Asia, Africa, the Caribbean, and the Americas, though her heart belongs to Southeast Asia. Her most recent thrills include driving a team of sled dogs in northern Sweden, diving with manta rays in Komodo, and wandering through the Temples of Karnak in Luxor. She recommends adding the following items to your "try it at least once" list: raw horse meat, fried spiders, and bear carpaccio. Vivien has a bachelor's degree in English and Asian American Studies from U.C. Berkeley and is working on earning a master's degree from the University of Missouri’s School of Journalism.

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