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Poor Yorick! I knew him, Horatio
January 11, 2013 3:23 PM   Subscribe

Cancerous skull (NSFW for some links of skulls below)
Carved skull
Just some skulls I picked up today from my skull guy...yeah, I have a skull guy”
Tree
Tibetan Ritual Skull
Too many drinks?
Skull Bookshelves Formed with Everyday Items
Crania Anatomica Filigre by Joshua Harker
Lies & persuasions by Kris Kuksi
Lily of the Valley (Welcome BB fans)
A skull made from typewriter parts
Apple & potato skull

Memento Mori Death Watch - 1810 Skull Pocket
Skulls from the Bhopal disaster
Carved coyote skull with bonus red bone marrow
"I wanna party with this guy"
"Predictive Dream XXV" - Porcelain Skull by Katsuyo Aoki
Skull violin
Famous pile of bison skulls

So much more at Skull Appreciation Society
posted by growabrain (30 comments total) 28 users marked this as a favorite

 
*Ahem* Let me get this out of the way.
SKULLS FOR THE SKULL THRONE!

Carry on.
posted by radwolf76 at 3:26 PM on January 11, 2013 [2 favorites]


But where is the horrible child's skull with baby teeth and adult teeth all crammed into one overly toothy monstrosity?
posted by elizardbits at 3:27 PM on January 11, 2013


Holy fucking shit, I've never seen that bison skull picture before. Wow-just-wow.
posted by scratch at 3:28 PM on January 11, 2013


Previously on MetaFilter.
posted by ColdChef at 3:34 PM on January 11, 2013 [3 favorites]


Dude, that's my skull! I'm so wasted!
posted by It's Raining Florence Henderson at 3:39 PM on January 11, 2013 [3 favorites]


The pocket watch one is interesting, it looks like it should open up to the sound of Vincent Price laughing at the end of Thriller.

Seconding scratch - woah.
posted by arcticseal at 3:40 PM on January 11, 2013


The "cancerous skull" photo shows an example of osteosarcoma. It's strangely pretty, for something so unpleasant. (Also, eponysterical.)
posted by Nomyte at 3:40 PM on January 11, 2013 [3 favorites]


Don't nobody tell Dan Aykroyd about this post.
posted by JHarris at 3:46 PM on January 11, 2013 [3 favorites]


Oh, and on the bison skull pile: yikes. If there were ever a such thing as animal ghosts, you'd think there'd be a 100% chance that thing would be haunted by vengeful bison wraiths.
posted by JHarris at 3:48 PM on January 11, 2013 [2 favorites]


Oglaf "Skulls" comic (SFW).
posted by Nomyte at 3:57 PM on January 11, 2013 [6 favorites]


The cancerous skull is supersuper creepy. Bone should not have filigree.
posted by tavella at 4:06 PM on January 11, 2013 [2 favorites]


Yeah, not enough .'s in the world for that bison picture.
posted by brundlefly at 4:07 PM on January 11, 2013 [4 favorites]


The bison skull pile is vaguely bison skull-shaped. It is like a huge fractal pile of death, with assholes standing on it. Good work!
posted by GenjiandProust at 4:15 PM on January 11, 2013 [3 favorites]


Don't nobody tell Dan Aykroyd about this post.

Del Close, who taught improvisational comedy to John Belushi, wanted to donate his skull after death to be used as Yorick in productions of Hamlet, but nobody was willing to do the decapitation and preparation necessary to fulfill his request.
posted by jonp72 at 4:23 PM on January 11, 2013


The corpses all hang headless and limp
Bodies with no surprises
And the blood drains down like devil's rain
We'll bathe tonight...


Also, my previous post on the topic....
posted by blaneyphoto at 4:24 PM on January 11, 2013 [2 favorites]


growabrain -- eponysterical!
posted by ericb at 4:35 PM on January 11, 2013 [3 favorites]


Yeah, wow, the "cancerous skull" looks weirdly and unexpectedly beautiful. It also looks like it would be excruciatingly painful.
posted by Scientist at 5:09 PM on January 11, 2013 [4 favorites]


There used to be enough bison just walking around in the wild that we could actually go out and slaughter so many of them that their skulls would make gigantic piles like that. And we did, pretty much until we ran out of bison.

Progress!
posted by Scientist at 5:17 PM on January 11, 2013


Child's skull with baby teeth.
posted by kinnakeet at 5:22 PM on January 11, 2013 [3 favorites]


Damn, dude. Yet another great post. Thank you. I really love your contributions, growabrain.
posted by lakersfan1222 at 5:31 PM on January 11, 2013 [1 favorite]


Skull netsuke in staghorn, from the blog of the carver Shikamasa.
posted by sebastienbailard at 6:31 PM on January 11, 2013 [2 favorites]


Don't forget the calaveras de azúcar.
posted by BlueHorse at 6:58 PM on January 11, 2013 [2 favorites]


The Royal Shakespeare Company has indeed used the skull left to them by the Polish pianist André Tchaikowsky.
posted by in278s at 7:12 PM on January 11, 2013 [2 favorites]


A college friend swore this was true:

Someone he went to high school with was into art - or, maybe just into skulls - and happened to live fairly close to the town graveyard. He had the idea that he could sneak into the graveyard and into one of the mausoleums to nab a skull; he'd have to boil it to get whatever flesh was still on it off, sure, but then he'd have a skull to use for figure drawing or just for "hey, check this out, dudes, I've got a skull" purposes.

...However, the fact that he was caught boiling that skull in his hot pot, and the fact that the mausoleum he'd pilfered happened to belong to one of the town's old mayors, were a couple of bumps in the road for him.
posted by EmpressCallipygos at 7:45 PM on January 11, 2013 [3 favorites]


As an art major in college, I'd have loved to have a skull and/or skeleton. And like EmpressCallipygos mentions, there are those tempting opportunities. There's a small, very old family cemetery that used to be part of the property my family home is on. In high school, I remember exploring it and realizing that one of the graves was all but open - huge numbers of honeybees were traveling in and out of a large hole right in front of the headstone. Can you imagine the honeycombed skull just below the surface? Art, just waiting to be unearthed.
posted by blaneyphoto at 8:27 PM on January 11, 2013 [1 favorite]


Skull netsuke in staghorn, from the blog of the carver Shikamasa.
posted by sebastienbailard

that is some sick carving, so nice
posted by lakersfan1222 at 9:59 PM on January 11, 2013


that is some sick carving, so nice

yup.
posted by sebastienbailard at 10:03 PM on January 11, 2013


Trying out the skull chair.
posted by bouvin at 2:05 AM on January 12, 2013 [2 favorites]


Del Close, who taught improvisational comedy to John Belushi, wanted to donate his skull after death to be used as Yorick in productions of Hamlet, but nobody was willing to do the decapitation and preparation necessary to fulfill his request.

This was wonderfully sent up on Slings and Arrows: "A taxidermist. Perhaps one of the less reputable firms."
posted by Johnny Assay at 6:44 AM on January 12, 2013 [1 favorite]


Skull lace
posted by growabrain at 6:54 PM on January 13, 2013


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