Thursday, March 19, 2015

March Madness: What's The Real Story?

When you hear the term "March Madness," you probably envision something like this, am I right?  College basketball in all of its vivid nail-biting glory. 


(Above):  College basketball is exciting ... but does it cause "madness" like they say?

During this time you hear the term used a lot to describe the games leading up to the finals.  You may be as surprised as I was to find that March Madness became a term long ago to refer to ... bunnies ... like this one.

 

(Above): Yes, seriously ... bunnies.

Well, to be more specific the European Hare, also known as the March hare for the same reason.  Did you know?  The term March Madness was coined after the European Brown Hares, who, though generally nocturnal and shy in nature, change their behavior in the spring, when they can be seen in broad daylight chasing one another around fields and meadows.

In the same vein, to be as "mad as a March hare" is an English phrase derived from the observed antics during breeding season of the Hare said to occur in the March.