I was about to launch into another rant, as I have been prone to do as late, when as I put the mouse into the title text box, the word ‘Taxidermy’ popped into my head.

Stuffing animals. Why not?

Apparently certain fish are easy enough to do-it-yourself.

Dr Harold T. Meryman of the Navel Medical Research Institute at Bethesda inadvertently caught and (simultaneously one presumes) inadvertently killed a bird (a cardinal) in a mousetrap baited with peanut butter.

Cardinals eat fruit, sap, seeds and insects.

Not peanut butter.

A cardinal that had never been caught in a mousetrap up to the point when this photo was taken.

Anyway, the moral of the story is that Harold froze and evaporated all the moisture from said bird in order to develop a new and easier almost do-it-youself technique for taxidermy – Freeze-drying.

Did you know that using this process you can then reconstitute the animal later simply by adding water?

Amazing indeed. And with unfortunate consequences should you have a roof that leaks, or enjoy storing your formerly living re-creations out of doors in full view of those playful young neighbourhood scamps. It is much better in that instance to have one of these:

Inflatable Giant Tyrannosaurus. I would appreciate one very much.

But on closer reflection I somehow doubt that taxidermy will ever become widely popular, no matter how streamlined the process is made.

Futility: uselessness as a consequence of having no practical result

Quite close. 😀

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