Taxidermy Gone Wild: Chuck Testa, Taxidermist

Continuing with my fascination with all things taxidermy comes this advert for totally realistic taxidermy. Chuck Testa is the best taxidermist out there. Period.

The ad is real. Sort of. Well, no, it is – but it was put together by Rhett and Link as part of their previously featured campaign to make regional TV ads more compelling, here’s a news story about Chuck Testa, taxidermist and viral phenom.

Here’s Chuck Testa’s Ojai Taxidermy website.

Via DeYoung, Restless and Reformed

World’s most expensive beer: just nuts

This is the world’s most expensive beer. It comes stuffed in a squirrel. A taxidermied squirrel. Which is important.

It’s called “The End of History”…

This 55% beer should be drank in small servings whilst exuding an endearing pseudo vigilance and reverence for Mr Stoat. This is to be enjoyed with a weather eye on the horizon for inflatable alcohol industry Nazis, judgemental washed up neo-prohibitionists or any grandiloquent, ostentatious foxes.

The End of History: The name derives from the famous work of philosopher Francis Fukuyama, this is to beer what democracy is to history. Fukuyama defined history as the evolution of the political system and traced this through the ages until we got the Western Democratic paradigm. For Fukuyama this was the end point of man’s political evolution and consequently the end of history. The beer is the last high abv beer we are going to brew, the end point of our research into how far the can push the boundaries of extreme brewing, the end of beer.

Unfortunately it’s sold out. It was just 500 pounds a bottle… but no animals were harmed (by the brewers) in its production…

“Only 12 bottles have been made and each comes with its own certificate and is presented in a stuffed stoat or grey squirrel. The striking packaging was created by a very talented taxidermist and all the animals used were road kill. This release is a limited run of 11 bottles, 7 stoats and 4 grey squirrels. Each ones comes with its own certificate of authenticity.”

Pet peeves

Losing a family pet is never easy. I should know. I once had about nine pet birds die in one day, and then there was the night of the long flush this year when I said goodbye to four fish in once morning. I can understand wanting to preserve the memory of the good times shared with a pet dog through the miracle of taxidermy….

What I can’t understand is why you’d then try to sell your dead dog when you move house…

Hanging around

One of the coolest wedding presents we were given was a Beginners Guide to Taxidermy… Seriously. If I had pet Guinea Pigs I’d seriously consider turning them into salt and pepper shakers… but I digress.

Hanging dead animals on walls has been trendy since the Middle Ages. But it’s usually the head and not the body – which means there must be a lot of spare animal bodies floating around right?

This is a bit of a back to front approach from a Museum in Venice.

And Ken Ham would love to bag one of these on one of those all American hunting trips he probably goes on with his ultra-right wing buddies. If only dinosaurs ran around with people. It sold on eBay for $US660.

If you’re more the squirrel type – the redneck M16 toting squirrel type – how about one of these… from Rick’s Custom Squirrels

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