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June 29, 2009 1:10 PM   Subscribe

"The animals were allured by a sausage. When the fox bit in the bait, it activated the camera connected by a cord with the sausage. One week later the animals had learned to eat the sausage without being photographed." Daimlerstrasse 38 or How to get a fox to shoot portrait of itself For less furtive results, you could hire classical bassoonist, Andy Stolarek and jewelry designer/obedience and agility trainer Miki Aso to photograph your pet.
posted by xod (44 comments total) 7 users marked this as a favorite

 
Interesting that the Fox would be disconcerted enough by the camera flash to bother figuring out how to get the sausage without triggering it.
posted by yoink at 1:15 PM on June 29, 2009


"The animals were allured by a sausage"
"Daimlerstrasse 38"
"How to get a fox to shoot portrait of itself For less furtive results"
"You could hire classical bassoonist"


At first I thought that this post was going to be about some newly discovered Captain Beefheart songs.
posted by Slack-a-gogo at 1:19 PM on June 29, 2009 [15 favorites]


Greenfort's fox project is included in the exhibit, Radical Nature: Art and Architecture for a Changing Planet 1969–2009.
posted by xod at 1:20 PM on June 29, 2009



This is why fire fox is my browser of choice.
posted by notreally at 1:26 PM on June 29, 2009


By the way, does "allured by" sound odd to anyone else's ears? I'm interested that we frequently say that such and such is "alluring" but we would, I think, normally say that someone or something was "lured by X" rather than "allured by X." Or maybe that's just me.
posted by yoink at 1:26 PM on June 29, 2009 [4 favorites]


This is why fire fox is my browser of choice.

Because it is able to grasp the sausage of information without getting trapped by Flash?
posted by yoink at 1:27 PM on June 29, 2009 [22 favorites]


Is there anything a classical bassoonist can't do?
posted by Saxon Kane at 1:28 PM on June 29, 2009


"Allured by" sounds weird to me, too, but if you look at al- as a prefix for "to," "at," or "on," the phrase translates to slightly less awkward "lured to by." It's still got a funk to it.

Paging languagehat ...
posted by adipocere at 1:34 PM on June 29, 2009


Photographer/artist Andy Stolarek began to work with animals in 2000. First working with taxidermy and the study of anthropomorphism, Stolarek continued to examine organized groups and document their specific elements that bring the collectives together.

I would hazard to guess that formaldehyde and stitches bring most of his collectives together. It's a lot easier to study things that don't run away when you approach them and stare at them intently.
posted by filthy light thief at 1:40 PM on June 29, 2009


Thieving Fox Amasses 120 Shoes
posted by homunculus at 1:40 PM on June 29, 2009 [5 favorites]


Metafilter: Grasp the sausage of information.
posted by The World Famous at 1:44 PM on June 29, 2009 [3 favorites]


The OED gives "Had she not been allured by hopes of relief." as an example of definition 3c of allure, v. On the other hand, the most recent example of any definition of the verb form is from 1880, so not surprising it sounds strange to our ears.
posted by jedicus at 1:45 PM on June 29, 2009


Alluring sausage looks like a 2 AM 7-11 frankfurter. Still, just the amazing combination of words in your post, xod, made a sausage party in my brain.
posted by nj_subgenius at 1:46 PM on June 29, 2009


It's unusual to use "allure" as a verb. We're more used to it as a noun or in various adjectival forms (particularly "alluring"). It seems that the author is not a native speaker; this most likely explains his unusual usage. He probably meant to use "lure", as that's exactly descriptive of the role the sausage plays.
posted by mr_roboto at 1:53 PM on June 29, 2009


Most sausage is alluring. Those little bacon-wrapped weenies in 7-11s in Thailand? Alluring.
posted by everichon at 1:53 PM on June 29, 2009


Those pet portraits are fantastic. Though they seem to have a much better knack for capturing dogs' personalities than cats'; a lot of the cats just look uncomfortable.
posted by you're a kitty! at 1:59 PM on June 29, 2009


Allured by a sausage on the end of a string, you say? That's exactly how Hans taught me to ice skate, all those many many winters ago.
posted by jbickers at 2:00 PM on June 29, 2009 [3 favorites]


I read the post twice before deciding that it was not, in fact, spam email.
posted by verb at 2:20 PM on June 29, 2009 [1 favorite]


Those little bacon-wrapped weenies in 7-11s in Thailand

Pre-pubescent male prostitutes?
posted by Saxon Kane at 2:20 PM on June 29, 2009


MetaFilter: the animals were allured by a sausage.

What?
posted by ixohoxi at 2:46 PM on June 29, 2009


The Furtographs are great.
posted by nickyskye at 2:49 PM on June 29, 2009


Though they seem to have a much better knack for capturing dogs' personalities than cats'; a lot of the cats just look uncomfortable.

That's because dogs have personalities.

meow!
posted by ook at 2:58 PM on June 29, 2009 [2 favorites]


How long before someone makes a Michael Jackson joke in this thread?
posted by hnnrs at 2:59 PM on June 29, 2009


Because of the bassoonist?
posted by xod at 3:04 PM on June 29, 2009


But aren't we all, in the end, allured by the sausage of life, which swims in the gravy of imagination, served with a heaping side of mashed adventure and little green spheres of passion, which roll about the plate as you chase them with your fork of desire, and then you erect a barricade with your knife of principles, and crush those little fuckers?
posted by turgid dahlia at 3:28 PM on June 29, 2009 [2 favorites]


Here is a thing I will tell you: Furtively Alluring Sausage was the name of my garage band in High School. We played bassoons in tight in our tight slacks which give us great bulges. We also hit on many foxes with large American breasts.
posted by Smedleyman at 3:31 PM on June 29, 2009


This reminds me of an achewood strip.

"I'm not sure what you mean. I don't know if what you're saying means anything."

Foxes "allured" by sausages into taking pictures of themselves. Well done, xod.
posted by clockzero at 3:54 PM on June 29, 2009


Interesting that the Fox would be disconcerted enough by the camera flash to bother figuring out how to get the sausage without triggering it.

It probably sucked for the fox to be temporarily blinded. I'm sure it put it off it's game for a while, being a nocturnal creature with wide open irises and all.
posted by kuujjuarapik at 3:56 PM on June 29, 2009


yoink: the guy probably speaks English as a second language, German as a first.

I suspect that explains it all.
posted by ZenMasterThis at 4:14 PM on June 29, 2009


kuujjuarapik: "It probably sucked for the fox to be temporarily blinded."

Most definitely; I saw that first photo (where you can see the "green eye" reflection off the fox's retinas) and immediately thought that it's the few seconds after the flash goes off that would have been interesting — blind fox stumbling around with his sausage, wondering what the hell just happened. It would probably take hours for his night vision to come back to what it was before.

I'm actually surprised that the same fox kept coming back, after being blinded the first and presumably next few times.

Guess it must have been good sausage.
posted by Kadin2048 at 4:18 PM on June 29, 2009


"That's because dogs have personalities.'

I will posit that cats ' personalities are plainly more striking by the fact that LOLCAT has achieved internet meme status, while the best dog fanciers could was dogs in shawls.
posted by path at 4:36 PM on June 29, 2009 [1 favorite]


Remote wildlife photography is best accomplished with the right equipment.
posted by Tube at 4:48 PM on June 29, 2009


yoink: the guy probably speaks English as a second language, German as a first.

Yeah. I should clarify that I wasn't trying to be a grammar nazi about it; it just struck me that it definitely sounded like something I wouldn't say, but not something I could declare to be "incorrect." If, after all, X is "alluring" doesn't that imply that "X allures" and that I would be "allured to X" if I fell for X's saucy charms? If you google "allured to" you'll find a surprisingly high number of hits.
posted by yoink at 5:12 PM on June 29, 2009


cats' personalities are plainly more striking by the fact that LOLCAT has achieved internet meme status

Nah. That's because cats are blank slates onto which we can project our own neuroses, desires and punchlines. Dogs already have their own neuroses, desires and punchlines, which makes constructing LOLDOGS much less satisfying.

(I'll grant you, the punchline is always "I'll eat that.")
posted by ook at 5:19 PM on June 29, 2009 [1 favorite]


If sausage is alluring, what does that say about bacon? Wantonly promiscuous?
posted by nj_subgenius at 5:28 PM on June 29, 2009


ook at 5:58 PM:
Though they seem to have a much better knack for capturing dogs' personalities than cats'; a lot of the cats just look uncomfortable.

That's because dogs have personalities.

meow!


Obviously inaccurate, but funny, with an added zinger at the end (points for it being a final-syllable punchline, which one of Johnny Carson's longtime jokewriters applaudes as the ultimate goal).


path at 7:36 PM on June 29:
I will posit that cats ' personalities are plainly more striking by the fact that LOLCAT has achieved internet meme status, while the best dog fanciers could was dogs in shawls.

Inaccurate, and unfunny. Zero points.
posted by IAmBroom at 5:44 PM on June 29, 2009


Many are the foxes that have found my sausage alluring.
posted by Crabby Appleton at 6:14 PM on June 29, 2009 [2 favorites]


Cats photograph differently than dogs --this photographer is using the same poses and lighting for the cats as the dogs. It's stripping the emotion out of the cats. In the hands of a talented feline photographer, the cats' personalities really come through.
posted by Concolora at 6:32 PM on June 29, 2009 [1 favorite]


Thieving Fox Amasses 120 Shoes

I think my favorite part of that was the honest caption under the photograph that tries surprisingly hard to not be too assertive. 'Imelda probably looks something like this.' I'm glad they recognized that it could be an inaccurate statement.
posted by six-or-six-thirty at 6:49 PM on June 29, 2009


"The animals were allured by a sausage."

Well...who wouldn't be?
posted by koeselitz at 7:42 PM on June 29, 2009


Greenfort's jury rigged contraption can be bought ready-made, for those with lesser technical skills. It's called a trail camera, and they cost from about USD 100.
posted by Harald74 at 12:02 AM on June 30, 2009


Berlin's got foxes.

They are allured by sausage.

This is my favorite post of the week.
posted by From Bklyn at 12:38 AM on June 30, 2009


Shanomani shanomani shoop bop shoop bop shoop!

*looks up*, "What...?"

Shanomani shanomani shoop bop shoop bop shoop!

Allured By Sausage is the next Flaming Lips record.
posted by Lipstick Thespian at 10:27 AM on June 30, 2009


Greenfort's jury rigged contraption can be bought ready-made, for those with lesser technical skills. It's called a trail camera, and they cost from about USD 100.

I am disturbed by their lack of sausages.
posted by yoink at 10:49 AM on June 30, 2009 [1 favorite]


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