If you were to pull off a train robbery, would you only make off with a load of Playboy cushions?
The attack happened in the northern suburbs of Marseille, the regional newspaper La Provence reports. [T]he thieves blocked the track with sleepers, causing the 700m (760-yard) train to screech to a halt, and forced open a number of containers.Apart from the Playboy cushions, police said it was not clear what else was taken. The train driver was not harmed.
Right. Playboy cushions.
Which brings us to the next question - why a bunny? Why not a kitten or a lamb or a chicken? Wiki doesn't help:
They wore a costume called a bunny suit inspired by the tuxedo-wearing Playboy rabbit mascot, consisting of a corset, bunny ears, a collar, cuffs, and a fluffy cottontail.
Finally I think I have it: Hugh Hefner, the creator of the 'Playboy' magazine, once explained:
'I selected a rabbit as the symbol for the magazine because of the humorous sexual connotation, and because he offered an image that was frisky and playful. I put him in a tuxedo to add the idea of sophistication. there was another editorial consideration, too. since both 'the New Yorker' and 'Esquire' use men as their symbols, I felt the rabbit would be distinctive; and the notion of a rabbit dressed up in formal evening attire struck me as charming, amusing and right.'
The first sketch of the bunny
Added Art Paul, the magazine's first art director:
'If I'd had any idea how important that little rabbit was going to be, I probably would have redrawn him a dozen times to make certain I was doing him justice, and I suppose none of those versions would have turned out as well as the original. as it was, I did one drawing and that was it. I probably spent all of half an hour on it.'
Well, if it's good enough for Gloria Steinem, it must be OK.
Next week we'll look at the time I went undercover to a brewery to expose the shenanigans going on in the brewing industry and how I sampled twenty bordellos to expose the vice and corruption endemic in that industry.
Hands on, primary source reporting always carries more authority, don't you feel?