You know those photos somebody will toss into a thread occasionally - "I have no idea what you're talking about so here's a (animal of some sort) with a (food of some variety) on its head?"
I always thought it was cute and random, some wacky tossaway catchphrase, but should have figured out it had a specific source. Catchphrases usually do.
The source's name was Oolong, and he was the original bunny with a pancake on his head. The pet of Japanese photographer Hironori Akutagawa, Oolong showed early on a willingness to park thingies on his noggin while Akutagawa took playful shots. Many, many things. Akutagawa called it "head performance." It was a hit, and continued for the rest of Oolong's quite long life.
Oolong died at the age of eight and a half. Akutagawa has a new bunny now, named Yuebing, that he is training for new head performances. If you'd like to keep up, here's Oolong's and Akutagawa's website (Japanese only, though!). Wikipedia will help you learn some more.
As we go into the New Year I like to think that sometimes we should just stop what we're worrying about what we're doing and check out a bunny with a pancake on his head.