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What happens when a taxidermist has never seen a lion

You may be asking for trouble when you commission taxidermy work from someone who is unfamiliar with the species. That was just the case for King Frederick I of Sweden in 1731. The lion was a gift, but after it died, the pelt and bones were presented to a taxidermist who had never seen a lion. You see the result looks more like a cartoon character than the king of beasts.

via The Lion on Gripsholm’s Slott.

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April 11, 2011 Posted by | animals, Creepy, Dumb Stuff | 2 Comments

Artist thinks “out of the box”… or urn, as the case may be

Raven Collins puts her heart and other people’s souls into her art.

The 37-year-old Thonotosassa artist has been sketching for more than 15 years, specializing in detailed hand-drawn portraits. Nowadays, most of her commissioned work incorporates an unusual ingredient: Cremated remains — ashes — brushed right into the portrait.

It’s a fast-growing trend in the art world, though Collins says she is the only one she’s aware of who uses ashes in sketch drawings. Others mix remains in the paint of abstract works, and some sculptors put cremated remains in jewelry or glass. One artist in Canada compresses cremated remains and puts them into pencils. “Like lead,” Collins says.

via Loved ones live on in art.

April 11, 2011 Posted by | Art?, Strange | Comments Off on Artist thinks “out of the box”… or urn, as the case may be

A fact you may not know

Get out your party hats, your bread and your cheese and heat up your grills. April is National Grilled Cheese Month.

April 11, 2011 Posted by | Food, Fun stuff | 1 Comment

Crime tip: Burglars should never fall asleep at work

A man was arrested Sunday morning after Monterey County Sheriff’s deputies said he broke into a CVS Pharmacy on Vierra Canyon Road.Deputies responded with their K-9 unit to a burglary alarm at the store, and when they arrived, they said they found Steven James Cobbs, 19, asleep inside.

via  KSBW The Central Coast

April 11, 2011 Posted by | Dumb Crook | Comments Off on Crime tip: Burglars should never fall asleep at work