If you think about it, taxidermy is among the stranger things that humans have come up with. It seems like the sort of thing that was probably developed a LONG time ago so royalty could relive their glorious hunts or something. But….nope.
While the practices of embalming and stuffing animals have been around since ancient Egypt, what we think of as taxidermy popped up around 1748 as a way to preserve birds.
The practice later became popular when John Hancock, an English ornithologist, presented a number of stuffed birds at the Great Exhibition of 1851 in London, which sparked a lot of interest during the Victorian era.
Even Teddy Roosevelt picked it up. In fact, this is his own private collection of taxidermy tools.
Sure, the art form has dwindled a bit, but it’s making a come back…and sometimes not in a good way.
Get ready, this is going to get ugly.
24. All the Feels
When everyone’s talking about their weekend plans but you put your name down for overtime… pic.twitter.com/6Zk9jg9SHZ
— Crap Taxidermy (@CrapTaxidermy) January 27, 2017
23. I don’t know…what do YOU think?
“Fucking Monday! Its back again!” pic.twitter.com/1iHWXkAyQX
— Crap Taxidermy (@CrapTaxidermy) December 12, 2016
22. I’m awake!
When your Mums been shouting you to get out of bed for 20 minutes and you finally hear her coming up the stairs… pic.twitter.com/vo2WEfKJtI
— Crap Taxidermy (@CrapTaxidermy) December 17, 2016
21. Look out!!!!!! Squirrels!!!!!!!!!!
“Moooooonnndaaaaayyyyy!!!! Fuuuuucccckkkkk Yooooouuuuu!!!” pic.twitter.com/pULjiwFgHd
— Crap Taxidermy (@CrapTaxidermy) January 9, 2017
20. I don’t have a problem! You have a problem!
When you see a snowflake and realise you’ve only got 4 loaves of bread and 3 litres of milk in… pic.twitter.com/4nrNGIk42W
— Crap Taxidermy (@CrapTaxidermy) January 13, 2017
19. I bear. I sad.
“Oh dry January! Why didn’t I listen to you!!!” pic.twitter.com/c1yQY6T7cw
— Crap Taxidermy (@CrapTaxidermy) January 15, 2017
18. Let’s put a SMILE on that face of yours…
When you go to somebody’s house for the first time and it says “Live, laugh and love” on one of the walls somewhere… pic.twitter.com/rlHZX5L67x
— Crap Taxidermy (@CrapTaxidermy) February 1, 2017
17. True love!
— Crap Taxidermy (@CrapTaxidermy) February 14, 2017