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March 19, 2013


'Bad taste' cat-skin rug auction upsets animal advocates

(Thanks to Bill Moore)


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He's the "go-to" guy for the answer to the question, "how many ways are there to skin a cat?"

I'd sooner have Andrew Lancaster's scalp. Don't worry, I'd have a light-hearted and mocking description hung next to it, so it would be all good.

"Mr Lancaster's typical stuffed possums usually sold for about $70. "

I was gonna make a joke, but I realized that's a darn good price for a high-quality stuffed possum.

Looks a little bit too much like our cat Max to make it into the man cave. I share space in the basement with the cats.

Does anyone else also find animal heads on the wall creepy?
Yeah, you killed a deer. Unless it had a good chance to get your head if you missed, it wasn't "sporting".

Steve ... Mebbe so, mebbe no ... if the precept is valid, it night also be creepy to assert one's sense of self-worth by displaying other personally satisfying souvenirs or memorabilia ... sports jerseys, vaguely phallic or deistic statuettes, jewelry as a reminder of a deceased loved one, relics of different civilizations or historic eras, smears of pigment that purportedly depict a view different than one's own ... it's a slippery slope ... One person's creepiness is another person's "art" ...

On one of our countryside jaunts, we drove past an establishment displaying a sign which read "Taxidermy and Cheese".

(NOT sayin' I'm actually fond of Tabby on the floor, or a preserved pet in the living room.)

For some reason this reminds me of the scene in Christmas Vacation when the cat chews on the electrical cord.

Now, if ya want some REAL classy taxidermy, HERE's where ya look: https://www.google.com/search?q=upside+down+deer+butt&aq=f&um=1&ie=UTF-8&hl=en&tbm=isch&source=og&sa=N&tab=wi&ei=I5lGUbyUGben4AOOxoCACQ&biw=1600&bih=775&sei=JplGUZ_rItPe4APN5oHICg

(or just Google "upside down deer butt" if that link doesn't work.)

There goes the market for

    101 Uses for a Dead Cat<\ul> (now that there are 102).

What's the l'il thingy for an underline?

I still think that a quadricopter is the best use I've seen for a stuffed kitty.


I agree that roadkill cats may have a bad taste. Recycling them into rugs makes more sense. Why are coats made from wild cats classy, but not the domestic version?

Feral cats are an environmental atrocity in many countries, including the U.S.; see the sidebar about N.Z.

Would anyone like a rant about the missing lynx?

Remember Gary Larson's cartoon of the rest of the stuffed animal's body coming out of wall in next room?

My poor cats wouldn't appreciate that. Now a nice bear skin rug where two people could share in front of the fireplace sounds much better.

Definitely bad taste. And chewy, too.

More roadkill recycling.

When I die, I'm going to ask my wife to mount my urn on the wall with the legend "Late Husband" under it.
Then, if anyone does a home invasion, she's to look at them and point at me. That should do the trick.

I will be curious as well as thinking about what you really are talking about right here.

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