Twice As Natural

Phil Are Go! posted a series of images from a 1946 issue of Popular Mechanics that featured behind the scenes taxidermy. The captions containing the *ahem…cough, cough* “reproduced text” are hilarious.

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“Taxidermy” comes from the Latin “taxi”, meaning “yellow car for short term hire” and “dermy”, meaning “having nothing to do with”. Since the dawn of time, Man has been fascinated with killing animals, shoving lots of things into them, and then staring at them. Until the creation of the first museum, these men were just sick weirdos. Now, they are the archivists of the miracle of life, through the glory of death.

The journey of taxidermy begins with the animal being lightly killed. In this photograph, we see a Chimpanzee receiving his “contribution to history injection”. The animal’s last meal may consist of beer or Tang, depending on whether he was a jerk and bit somebody.

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I’m still laughing at the phrase “lightly killed” (though it’s no laughing matter, of course).
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Since I can’t take credit for the writing, I’ll let you read the rest here.

Thank you, Bettie!

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5 Responses to “Twice As Natural”

  1. bettiemuldoon Says:

    You are welcome, Dana! How could I keep this to myself, with the wonderful line “Since the dawn of time, Man has been fascinated with killing animals, shoving lots of things into them, and then staring at them?” Science!

    • shewalkssoftly Says:

      I thank my lucky stars every day that you’re my perfectly warped and wonderful friend. I look forward to being online more when I feel better so I can start sharing my endless wellspring of oddities w/you too. ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. I completely agree with “lightly killed”!

    • shewalkssoftly Says:

      JJG, that sounds like a phrase you would write. Still loving your trademark wit in every RM post. ๐Ÿ™‚

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