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Of all the humorous stuffed rodents in the "novelties" section of customcreaturetaxidermy.com, I can't decide whether my favorite is the squirrel full o'whiskey (with the removable head for decanting) or the "mouse trap gag" (see, the gag is, it looks like a disgusting dead mouse in a trap, when in reality... oh, wait...).
posted by jonson (23 comments total)

 
I would be remiss if I didn't point out that fellow mefite demogorgon originally linked to CCT back in a comment several months ago, pointing out some of their more unusual items.
posted by jonson at 10:49 PM on October 13, 2005


I bought my brother a squirrel in an orange hunting vest with a rifle back in ... '98? There was another one that was classic. A squirrel paddling in a canoe full of nuts. Too sweet. There was a bit of a gold rush (stuffing rush?) for a while.

One of the great parts of traveling to Burning Man are the two feuding taxidermists on the way up. One is new.
posted by mrgrimm at 11:24 PM on October 13, 2005


Ugh. Gifts for those relatives you really don't like that much.
posted by kosher_jenny at 11:47 PM on October 13, 2005


I call dibs on the whiskey squirrel.
posted by iloveit at 12:24 AM on October 14, 2005


Thanks jonson, this is weirdly fascinating. It reminds me of The Call of the Wild, a restaurant outside the Wisconsin Dells my family used to visit when I was a sprout. The walls of the dining room had these large glass enclosures where you could admire the (rapidly deteriorating) local fauna frolicing or fighting to the death while you waited for your appetizer plate. There was also a stuffed bear cub on a swing that would creak to & fro - a morbid favorite of all the kids I knew in grade school. (And a centerpiece of many "Do animals have souls? and if they do, what kind of revenge to they have planned for us in the afterlife?" discussions.) I miss that place.
Also I really want one of these.
posted by maryh at 12:37 AM on October 14, 2005


this is great. Nothing is funnier than humor injected into normally drab occupations. except for linux humor. linux humor is never funny.
posted by shmegegge at 12:41 AM on October 14, 2005


Ya. Up nort here in Wisconsin hey dets all we ever do is shoot shit and stuff it, hey.

-Joe Shmoe from Antigo
posted by dingobully at 1:04 AM on October 14, 2005


The entire roster of rogue taxidermists has some really interesting stuff.
posted by milkrate at 2:06 AM on October 14, 2005


I've been wanting to buy one of those squirrel decanters ever since I found this site. It's been listed for a while, so I don't think it's just a one-off item. Alas, I've not yet been able to justify dropping the required funds on one. A Case of Curiosities has some interesting pieces as well.
posted by nTeleKy at 6:37 AM on October 14, 2005


That punk rock squirrel head is so mine.
posted by xthlc at 6:45 AM on October 14, 2005


In Madison, WI the Cress Funeral Home has a great squirrel taxidermy display in the basement. Squirrels at a topless girly show, squirrels playing cards, etc.
posted by hupp at 6:45 AM on October 14, 2005


It is incredibly hard for me to believe there is a market for such things. Say's Law in action I guess.
posted by Ynoxas at 6:59 AM on October 14, 2005


I happen to snacking from a jar of small animal hearts as we speak. Delicious.
posted by srboisvert at 7:17 AM on October 14, 2005


It is incredibly hard for me to believe there is a market for such things.

Believe it. I covet these beautifully twisted creations immensely!
posted by MaxVonCretin at 7:31 AM on October 14, 2005


Believe it. I covet these beautifully twisted creations immensely!
posted by MaxVonCretin at 9:31 AM CST on October 14 [!]


You covet them, but do you BUY them? That's what determines if there is a market or not.
posted by Ynoxas at 7:40 AM on October 14, 2005


It is incredibly hard for me to believe there is a market for such things. Say's Law in action I guess.

I think I'll buy one or two of the mounts, just to spice up the living room a bit.
posted by cmonkey at 8:16 AM on October 14, 2005


I think the Cress Funeral Home taxidermy piece showed up on here a while back. Something about the funeral director taking grieving kids down there to take their mind off of things.

Hey sonny, sorry Mom got creamed by a snowplow. Do you want to see a chipmunk drink martinis with a squirrel?
posted by dr_dank at 8:26 AM on October 14, 2005


Maybe if I put a squirrel head mount on the deck, it'll serve as warning to the little bastards. They keep uprooting my flowers in my flower boxes.
posted by bigskyguy at 10:21 AM on October 14, 2005


I'm a purist on this.

I prefer the mounted squirrel head or the squirrel lamp.


Although the garbage rat's kinda neat too.
posted by troutfishing at 10:52 AM on October 14, 2005


The whiskey squirrel is possibly the most awesome thing I have seen in many, many moons.
posted by scody at 12:06 PM on October 14, 2005


But the frankenstein squirrel(s) are the most horrifying thing I have seen in many, many moons.
posted by jonson at 12:45 PM on October 14, 2005


I really want the FeeGee mermaid and the Sea Devil.
My life will not be complete until I have them.

Please make your donations to the "Give Bat a Rat" fund for the purchase of the FeeGee mermaid needed in order for Bat to return to sanity and be all she can be.

I have high hopes for this, I'm sure I can rely on your support and generosity.
posted by bat at 5:09 PM on October 14, 2005


I never get tired of browsing through these macabre malformations.
For any mefites living here in Minnesota, I have been told by some friends that occasionaly CCT will have an all-you-can-eat squirrel feed featuring the leftovers which could not make it into the mounts, so to answer your question nTeleKy; no these are not one-off productions.
posted by Demogorgon at 12:17 AM on October 16, 2005


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