All-star Warner Bros. animator/director/producer Friz Freleng died twelve years ago at the age of 89, and I'm guessing he did so with a smile on his face. I'd be smiling too if I carried around a filthy little secret for over half a century.
In 1942, Bugs Bunny and Elmer Fudd co-starred in a short cartoon called The Wabbit Who Came To Supper. It's your typical Bugs Bunny joint, but the plot is completely irrelevant for our purposes here considering that the funniest joke in the whole cartoon (and quite possibly the funniest joke in the entire Bugs Bunny oeuvre) lasts only a fraction of a second, maybe 5 or 6 frames, tops.
Fast forward until there's about 5:10 remaining (aka about 2:50 into the video) and keep your eye on the top of the towel when Bugs gets out of the shower.
Did you see that? Pull it back and try it again. You saw it that time, didn't you? Hey, are okay? You look a little pale. You're feeling dizzy? Here - sit down and let me get you some water. Oh, Jesus! Wake up!
You're probably wondering what just happened. You know - right before you passed out? Let me give you a hint:
You just saw Bugs Bunny's dick.
You've gotta wonder how in the name of God this happened. Was it an animator's office gag that somehow slipped through the cracks, or a maniacal plot to subliminally warp the minds of children across America?
Another fairly important question: Is that really Bugs Bunny's dick? It sure looks like it to me. Snopes.com is eerily silent on the subject. Thoughts, anyone?
Sometimes it's just a matter of making the US Department of Defense look, like, REALLY cool.
Actual impending doom like global climate change or mass extinction just makes people bored.
In some cases, the Marvel source material just did better.