Created By: KZN02 on July 6, 2012 Last Edited By: KZN02 on September 24, 2012
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Bunny Ears Picture Prank

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When a group of at least 2 people are getting their picture taken, at least 1 of them will stick their hand behind the other person's head with 2 fingers up, a la bunny ears. Alternatively done with shadow puppetry. Often done by pranksters and the like.

Examples:

Advertising
  • In a 2012 Samuel Adams commercial, one of the brewery workers does this to another worker.

Film
  • Superman II: Lex Luthor and Otis are hugging a wall while escaping from prison. A guard's searchlight illuminates Luthor's bald head from behind. Otis puts two fingers up behind Luthor's head, creating the bunny effect on the wall. When Luthor sees what Otis is doing he lets out a gasp.
  • The movie poster for Toy Story 2 showed Woody doing this to Buzz.

Newspaper Comics
  • FoxTrot's logo
  • There's a somewhat infamous Far Side comic "The Holsteins visit the Grand Canyon", with a family of cows posing for a photo. Everyone thought it was just some sort of ironic commentary on blah blah blah, but everyone missed the joke; one of the young cows was giving bunny ears to the other young cow. It's just that the hoof looked exactly like a bow on the other cow's head.
  • A Bloom County strip once showed Milo, determined to get an incriminating photo of Senator Bedfellow, disguise himself as an Arabian sheik and offer the senator money. The photo on the front page of the Beacon has Milo (still in disguise) giving Bedfellow bunny ears while sticking out his tongue.
  • Inverted in the Bizarro comic for 9-14-12. A Funny Animal rabbit cups his paws and creates human ears on the side of his father's head.

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Community Feedback Replies: 25
  • July 7, 2012
    surgoshan
    • There's a somewhat infamous Far Side comic "The Holsteins visit the Grand Canyon", with a family of cows posing for a photo. Everyone thought it was just some sort of ironic commentary on blah blah blah, but everyone missed the joke; one of the young cows was giving bunny ears to the other young cow. It's just that the hoof looked exactly like a bow on the other cow's head.
  • July 9, 2012
    TonyG
    On Fosters Home For Imaginary Friends, Bloo plans to do this for the home's annual group photo, but he fails every time.
  • July 11, 2012
    nitrokitty
    Not to be confused with Bunny Ears Lawyer.
  • July 11, 2012
    Bisected8
  • July 11, 2012
    randomsurfer
    And yet in real life it was originally a prank to say that the person you're bunny-earsing is a cuckold.
  • July 16, 2012
    cygnavamp
    A Bloom County strip once showed Milo, determined to get an incriminating photo of Senator Bedfellow, disguise himself as an Arabian sheik and offer the senator money. The photo on the front page of the Beacon has Milo (still in disguise) giving Bedfellow bunny ears while sticking out his tongue.
  • July 17, 2012
    Hello999
  • July 23, 2012
    Arivne
    Not just pictures, BTW.

    Film
    • Superman II. Lex Luthor and Otis are hugging a wall while escaping from prison. A guard's searchlight illuminates Luthor's bald head from behind. Otis puts two fingers up behind Luthor's head, creating the bunny effect on the wall. When Luthor sees what Otis is doing he lets out a gasp.
  • July 29, 2012
    Arivne
    Advertising
    • In a 2012 Samuel Adams commercial, one of the brewery workers does this to another worker.
  • August 4, 2012
    IsaacSapphire
    As randomsurfer pointed out, this originally was quite insulting, and usually limited to being applied to men, as it implied that his wife was cheating on him. It may also be quite old, as "cuckolds' horns" are mentioned in Shakespeare.
  • August 18, 2012
    NoirGrimoir
    What about other types of jokes in pictures? Photo-bombing, for instance. Especially Cats Photo-Bombing Hubble Images.
  • August 18, 2012
    KZN02
    Never thought of that, but I guess we could expand this trope to that.
  • August 21, 2012
    NimmerStill
    ^^^Not the photo version however. I doubt it can be done easily with painted portraits.
  • August 21, 2012
    randomsurfer
    No, not photos, but in dialog. If you see a mention of "horns" in Shakespeare, it's very often a cuckolding reference. For example, this song from As You Like It which on its surface is a celebratory song about killing a deer while hunting.
    What shall he have that kiled the deer? / His Leather skin, and horns to wear: / Then sing him home, the rest shall bear this burden; / Take thou no scorn to wear the horn / It was a crest ere thou wast born, / Thy fathers father wore it, / And thy father bore it, / The horn, the horn, the lusty horn,/ Is not a thing to laugh to scorne
  • August 21, 2012
    NimmerStill
    ^Isn't that particular example more about horns as a symbol of lust in general? As in, you know, *that* horn? I don't see any reference to infidelity here. Especially since people aren't generally born with wives, let alone unfaithful ones.
  • August 29, 2012
    randomsurfer
    ^Well, I suppose it may depend on one's interpretation. IMO it's saying "It's one of The Oldest Tricks In The Book: your grandmother cheated on your grandfather, and your mother cheated on your father; so don't be too surprised when your wife cheats on you - probably while you're out hunting."

    • The Simpsons: When Selma is longing for a baby, we see a picture of her and Chub-Chub, her pet iguana, which she's giving bunny ears to.

    (edited to subtly change my statement of interpretation)
  • September 7, 2012
    Prfnoff
    Cuckold Horns could be its own trope; Shakespeare seems shoehorned into this.
  • September 12, 2012
    NimmerStill
    I'm not sure the research is clear on that being the actual origin of the photo prank.
  • September 12, 2012
    JohnDiFool
    Oberon had these in the Sandman story which riffed on A Midsummer Nights Dream, because his wife Titania was cheating on him.
  • September 13, 2012
    Stratadrake
    ^^ Second that. I don't think photography was exactly well-known during the Bard's time.

    I also agree with prfnoff: "Cuckold Horns" is a metaphor for infidelity and doesn't seem to have any relation to the bunny-ears prank. Wikipedia mentions the "horned hand" gesture in its article (index and pinky fingers), which is definitely not bunny ears.
  • September 19, 2012
    ScoutsGirlfriend
    The movie poster for Toy Story 2 showed Woody doing this to Buzz.
  • September 19, 2012
    Antigone3
  • September 21, 2012
    Arivne
    Newspaper Comics
  • September 23, 2012
    BlueGuy
    I think Bunny Ears Picture Prank would be a better title.

  • September 23, 2012
    KZN02
    Going to launch soon, anyone think we should have a different title or the current one suffices?
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