Martha Barnette, who hosts the public radio show A Way With Words, tells NPR that associating the long-eared mammals with good fortune dates back at least two centuries. "In the U.K., it's quite common to say 'white rabbits,'" she says. "Gilda Radner [an American comedian] was someone who was known to say 'bunny, bunny' on the first day of the month; to ensure, as she put it, laughter, love and peace." And not only did President Franklin Delano Roosevelt supposedly begin each month with the mantra, he took the superstition a step further by carrying a rabbit's foot during the 1932 election (which, BTW, he won—in case your American history is rusty).
While (alas!) we'll never know the true origin story of twice-repeating the name of one of the animal kingdom's cuddliest creatures, I'd say setting an alarm each month to remind you to complete the ritual is pretty low stakes. I'll take all the luck I can get. Just please, for the love of Brownie (may he R.I.P.), don't purchase Peter Cottontail's left paw to stash in your purse.
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