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A photographer friend in university somehow talked me into participating in a project in which we placed a stuffed weasel in a number of odd settings: toilet bowl, bookshelf, cafeteria, and (crowning glory) in between two slices of bread with a bit of lettuce and tomato.  As gag-inducing as that was, for me it was an introduction to a type of taxidermy I hadn't seen before.  In addition to strictly memorializing prized specimens, taxidermists have historically set up anthropomorphic tableaus, such as this one by Edward Hart:


Or consider the contemporary taxidermy art found at Paxton Gate, a quirky shop in San Francisco:


My favourite marries form and function.  It's the world's most expensive beer, produced by BrewDog and named "The End of History":