Take that, FDR — Astute readers of Backslash will recall our coverage of Toby, the poor rabbit who was destined to a fate on the dinner table if his owner didn’t collect enough cash via his Web site, Some people actually fell for it, and others were just appalled. One blogger decided to steal the basic concept and start his own site in retaliation — which is how was born.

From the site’s creator:

"Several months ago I saw Save Toby. It enraged me that someone could use the Internet to hold a bunny hostage and actually get money for it. I promised myself that day that the VERY NEXT STUPID IDEA I came up with, I would make a Web site out of it and throw in some cheesy gimmick to make money."

And that he did. At, visitors are encouraged to send the webmaster envelopes full of dimes, to assist him in eradicating the maddening coin from circulation. The site also provides an interactive demonstration of how dimes do, in fact, eat babies (you just have to see it for yourself).

But not all were laughing. In soliciting dimes, the webmaster actually posted his home address on the original version; after the site was picked up by word of mouth, his landlady began receiving calls, and subsequently evicted her tenant for posting his address on the Internet.

Which brings us back to Golden Rule No. 1 of the Internet, boys and girls: never post your address or phone number on the Web. Ever. Duh!

Know of an interesting, bizarre or educational Web site you’d like to see featured here? Send it to [email protected]

We welcome readers to submit letters regarding articles and content in Detroit Metro Times. Letters should be a minimum of 150 words, refer to content that has appeared on Detroit Metro Times, and must include the writer's full name, address, and phone number for verification purposes. No attachments will be considered. Writers of letters selected for publication will be notified via email. Letters may be edited and shortened for space.

Email us at [email protected].com.

Support Local Journalism.
Join the Detroit Metro Times Press Club

Local journalism is information. Information is power. And we believe everyone deserves access to accurate independent coverage of their community and state. Our readers helped us continue this coverage in 2020, and we are so grateful for the support.

Help us keep this coverage going in 2021. Whether it's a one-time acknowledgement of this article or an ongoing membership pledge, your support goes to local-based reporting from our small but mighty team.

Join the Metro Times Press Club for as little as $5 a month.

Read the Digital Print Issue

January 26, 2022

View more issues


Never miss a beat

Sign Up Now

Subscribe now to get the latest news delivered right to your inbox.

Best Things to Do In Detroit

© 2022 Detroit Metro Times - Contact Us

Website powered by Foundation