Bad Astronomy

The Woman Who Gave Birth to Rabbits

Be vewwwwwy quiet. I’m hunting wabbits. Huh huh huh huh.

Drawing by Iszi Lawrence, form the video.

Did you know that in 1726, a woman in Godalming, Surrey, gave birth to rabbits?

Yeah, I know. But this is a great story, and one I hadn’t heard before. My friend and comedian Iszi Lawrence made it, and while watching it I noticed a couple of familiar faces in it.

Oh: It may be a bit NSFW. Probably not, but just in case. Fairly warned be thee, says I.


I’ve heard a lot of stories like this one — dealing with skeptical topics in the past, usually by educated people being fooled by various sillinesses — but this one was new to me.

Oh: If Iszi’s voice sounds familiar, then perhaps you are a Skeptics Guide to the Universe fan. Listen to the intro. As for why she drew that doctor as me, I asked her, and she said it was because my face “was fun to draw”. I might disagree, but felt that arguing over it would be splitting hares.

Iszi Lawrence and Phil Plait
Iszi Lawrence and Your Host, during a visit to the UK in 2008.

Photo by Phil Plait