Sitting in the bathroom just now, I thought of the common question most people have when they sit in the bathroom:
Why doesn't a rabbit's foot rot?
Like most boys who would grow up to sit in the bathroom, I carried a rabbit's foot around for good luck. I felt its claws and bones beneath its fur, but it just dawned on me that it should have rotted eventually. So I googled it and found not only the answer but the instructions!
1. Cut the foot from a freshly killed rabbit.
2. Pierce or drill a hole in the upper end of the foot, large enough to fit a beaded chain through.
3. Soak the foot in a mixture of water and Borax.
4. After the foot dries, sew the wound with twine.
5. Run a beaded chain with a clasp through the hole. This chain will help you attach the foot to your key ring, belt loop, etc.
6. Give your rabbit's foot to a friend in need. The superstition says the rabbit's foot is lucky only for the person who receives it, not the person who makes it.
Next time I sit in the bathroom I might wonder, then, if you can preserve an animal's foot with water and Borax, what else can you preserve? Does this open up a new possibility for mystery novels with murdered bodies in closets and attics, etc.?
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