It's pretty, but is it art? Photo via DNAInfo.com

It’s pretty, but is it art? Photo via DNAInfo.com

My neighborhood is weird.

A partially decomposed, severed deer head with antlers was found stuck on a bamboo stake — resembling a sort of morbid scarecrow — at Loyola Park Beach Monday.

“I was up there on the sand and I thought, ‘What in the heck is that? Is that a real deer head?’ ” said Steve Browne, who had been out on a morning walk Monday when he made the discovery. “I went out to it, and it sure was.”

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Images of Sufi hell. Fascinating collection of some newly-translated fragments of a 19th c. manuscript, regarding the fate of sinners after their deaths.

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I’ve got the perfect spot for that.

If I were in Los Angeles, I’d go to this.

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Arctic Merfox by Emi Slade The 3rd Biennial Taxidermy Show is a group art show at the La Luz De Jesus gallery in Los Angeles featuring unique taxidermied pieces of artwork. The show opens today Fri…

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Wait a minute, wasn’t Wesley Snipes the Dalmalatian Man? Har har

This is beautiful.

I’m adding this Crappy Taxidermy site to my RSS reader right now.

They know exactly what I like.  If only I were a rich man, I could afford this kind of beautiful art for my collection.

Alas, one day.

And check out the totally sweet throne! I want it!  I want it!

Send us your bones, dummy!

Send us your bones, dummy!

Today, Kat and I went to view the wonders on display at the International Museum of Surgical Science, here in Chicago.

What an excellent way to spend an afternoon.  They have piles and piles of bonesaws.  Was everybody into amputation back in the olden days?

Other highlights — a full recreation of a 19th century apothecary, an iron lung, and a human skull elongated by binding.

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A trocar button can help keep your brains from bleeding out of your ears!

A trocar button can help keep your brains from bleeding out of your ears!

So today is my 34th birthday. Woo hoo! One step closer to the grave. It’s also the first time in my life that I’ve had to wear a coat outside because of the cold in June (!).

Last year, my best present was from my sister, who gave me my very first human skull. Well, my second human skull, if you count the one I’m using to house my brain.

This year, my friend Kat kept the good times going by making me a present of a trocar button! That’s a little piece of plastic that embalmers screw into the holes they leave in your body, to keep your corpse juices from dripping out. It’s totally going into my collection of strange and unusual objects of curiosity! Thanks Kat!