[Ads-l] Antedating of "bunyip"

Victor Steinbok aardvark66 at GMAIL.COM
Fri Dec 19 19:49:12 UTC 2014

The only context that I've seen it has always been the same as the 
Jackalope, except for the early platypus references that I was vaguely 
aware of. When I talked to Australian friends about the jackalope, they 
all insisted that it's the same as the bunyip. The young these days! 
(and for the past 30 years...)


On 12/19/2014 7:16 AM, Arnold Zwicky wrote:
> the bunyip redivivus, from Wikipedia: 
> http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bertie_the_Bunyip Bertie the Bunyip was 
> the lead puppet character on the popular American children's 
> television series The Bertie the Bunyip Show in Philadelphia, 
> Pennsylvania, during the 1950s and 60s. He was portrayed as a = 
> black-colored seal-looking character with a duck-bill-type face. For 
> children he was cute and friendly, getting into harmless situations.
> Created by Australian Lee Dexter, Bertie was a bunyip (a mythological 
> Australian creature), described by Dexter as "a cross between a bunny, 
> a collie dog and a duck billed platypus."

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