March 12, 2010

Taxidermy: Stuff It!

A taxidermist is a person who stuffs dead animals. Sure, that might seem a little creepy, but let's not be so judgmental! Why be close-minded?

Let's listen to a taxidermist named Damien Hirst explain why he stuffs deceased creatures.

He says, “I just like rotting.”

Oh boy. What is WRONG with these people?

By the way, the article that I got Hirst's quote from is about the new book, Still Life, by Melissa Milgrom. It also has this information:
Can human beings be [stuffed]? One preserved human... is the British economist and philosopher Jeremy Bentham (1748-1832), whose body is seated in a chair in a glass case at University College London. His head is now a wax reproduction. “His real head is taken out only for ceremonial dinners [because his will] requires his presence at such events.”
I wouldn't mind having that in my will, too. Hey, what if you took Jeremy Bentham's head and slam-dunked it through a basketball hoop? You'd be stuffing a stuffed head!

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