Archive for the absurd Category

Desktop Goodies 7/25

Posted in absurd, automata, Books, ephemera, humor, monsters, vintage with tags , , , , , , , on July 25, 2014 by shewalkssoftly

I apologize if I’ve posted some of these before. I forgot to clean out my “desktop goodies” folder and I may be repeating myself (though I don’t think so). Either way, these treasures are worth seeing.

This is real!
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I’ve seen fortune teller automata before, but never Puss in Boots. He sees straight into your soul. It burns.
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Take a moment to really absorb and digest this book. This may be one of the most horribly absurd things I’ve seen, and that’s saying something.
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I love this headstone. If I am interred, I hope I get a lot of reading done down there.
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Famous monster candle making? Sign me up!
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Need I comment on this? I think not.
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Where’s the bumper sticker that says MY OTHER CAR IS A FLOWER COVERED CARRIAGE STEERED BY A GIANT DEER HEAD?
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Dr. Coffins wonders why his private practice attracts very few patients.
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Talk about a niche market!
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Best caption ever.
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In closing, we must all ask ourselves…
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I Don’t Get Fashion: “ME!”

Posted in absurd, clothing, fashion, humor with tags , , , on July 8, 2014 by shewalkssoftly

Okay, this shirt is patently absurd, but it’s so bad that it’s actually kind of intriguing and mesmerizing.

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While I’d never personally wear it, I’m completely entertained by its existence. Anyone want to hazard a guess as to what the statement of this garment may be (aside from the obvious)?
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All I could come up with is “Head of the Narcissist Convention.”

“ME”

One Got Fat: Bicyle Safety Video, 1963

Posted in absurd, humor, macabre, music video, video with tags , , , , on June 20, 2014 by shewalkssoftly

This is one of the most disturbingly surreal videos I’ve ever seen. Classic mid century “music of the future” plays while a group of kids (in monkey masks) ride their bikes until, one by one, each meets an untimely end. The narration…the visuals…it’s all SO good. This is a must-see for fans of all things strange and unusual.

The names of the characters alone make this worth watching.
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(and more…I won’t give them all away)

If you’re interested, it was featured in a Boards of Canada video as well:

(Thanks for reminding me this exists, Cat Daddy-O!)

I Don’t Get Fashion: Crazy Runway Looks

Posted in absurd, fashion, humor with tags , , on June 18, 2014 by shewalkssoftly

I do understand the impractical nature of runway creations, and can appreciate the artistry of the moving sculptures on the catwalk. But some designs are just ULTRA absurd. Here are a few:
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I’m refraining from commenting on each one for fear the sarcastic overload would break the internet.
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This next one is my favorite. It’s really…something…isn’t it?
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Which one is your “favorite?”

See a few more here.
Thanks Eric!

Tacky Taxidermy, Day 7: Finale

Posted in absurd, creatures, humor, taxidermy with tags , , , on June 8, 2014 by shewalkssoftly

As it turns out, I’ve collected WAY more terrible taxidermy than I could feasibly post in a week. I also intentionally left out the new wave of artistic rogue taxidermists, to be visited at a later date, though this hobby is gaining ground and producing some entertaining results (this is one kind of craft I could never do; I’m too sensitive to work on…former creatures).

So here are some honest attempts at preserving and posing creatures that don’t quite…look…right.
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Tacky Taxidermy Week, Day 6: Reader Submissions

Posted in absurd, creatures, humor, taxidermy with tags , , , on June 7, 2014 by shewalkssoftly

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Thanks, Bettie!

Okay, so it’s a hoax, especially with that URL, but if you’re looking for HUMAN taxidermy services…LOOK NO FURTHER!

And here we have Nina Saunders’s taxidermy furniture.
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Thanks Eric!

Atlanta Home Turned Private Taxidermy Museum
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Thanks Jim!

Did someone send me Sweaty Taxidermy? I’m not sure if this was a reader submission or my own bookmark!
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Tacky Taxidermy Week, Day 5: Miscellanious Mockeries

Posted in absurd, creatures, humor, taxidermy with tags , , , on June 6, 2014 by shewalkssoftly

The pollen count must be high today, because those eyes are pretty irritated.
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“You were soooooo wasted, bro!”
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Is he leaning on the back of a chair? I don’t know what’s going on here.
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Going batty…
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Awww, these poor sad saps…maybe I’d be depressed too if I were awkwardly stuffed posthumously.
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This is probably the only despondent pounce effort you’ll ever see. I bet even the prey would want to comfort him.
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GOOGLY EYES? Really?
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These two really deserve captions…ideas?
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Tacky Taxidermy Week, Day 4: Shock and Dread

Posted in absurd, creatures, humor, taxidermy with tags , , , on June 5, 2014 by shewalkssoftly

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Tacky Taxidermy Week, Day 3: Smile!

Posted in absurd, creatures, humor, taxidermy with tags , , , on June 4, 2014 by shewalkssoftly

You know how sometimes you’ll see an animal at a certain angle, at a certain moment, and it appears to be smiling? This is not that.

These are gruesome, gratuitous, godawful grins…facial contortions that do not exist in the actual animal kingdom.

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Are you ready?
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A couple of them are kinda sweet.
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…or manic.
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…or stoned.
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…or the stuff nightmares are made of.
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…or inquisitive.
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…or surprised.
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…or something dug out of an ancient Egyptian sarcophagus.
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…or just happy to see ya.
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…or…or…this.
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…or have one more than the most fashionable number of mammalian eyes.
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…or look like an ad for wolf dentures.
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Tacky Taxidermy Week, Day 2: “Zoologically Improbable”

Posted in absurd, creatures, humor, taxidermy with tags , , , on June 3, 2014 by shewalkssoftly

Now let’s have a look at some creatures who appear to be experiencing emotions or postures that do not, in reality, exist in the animal kingdom as we know it.

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The whole lower half of this one is more disturbing than its nonplussed face.
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Is he Jazzercizing?
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Squirrel in sensual repose:
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“Oh God. I must have slept wrong.”
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Waiting by the principal’s office…
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Tacky Taxidermy 101: when in doubt, HYPEREXTEND LIMBS!
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One of the best signs I’ve ever seen:
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