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The Oddities Blog

December 4th, 2013 by Cobwebs

Taxidermied Two-Headed RatYou’d better clear your calendar before clicking this link because you’re going to be browsing for a while.

With a tagline of “Stay weird,” The Oddities Blog’s purpose is “to celebrate the weird and wild eccentricities throughout history.” It’s part medical curiosities in the vein of the Mütter Museum, part historical peculiarities, and part your crazy aunt’s attic.

Not only is this material fascinating for its own sake, much of it is a fantastic source of inspiration for art or props. There’s a lovely miniature curiosity collection which would be an amazing display piece or gift; it’d be fun to browse antique shops and thrift stores for treasures to display. There are lots of vintage medical illustrations and unusual woodcuts like this leaf from The Nuremberg Chronicle which would be great as part of a collage or scrapbook. And there are historical oddities like the relic which is purported to be the head of a possessed nun; a prop version would be a marvelous addition to a wunderkammer, particularly if you rigged it so that the eyes would occasionally glow red.

Note that a few of the images are technically NSFW, and more than a few are kind of squicky, so browse accordingly.

(Hat tip to pdq)

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Trivia Tuesday

December 3rd, 2013 by Cobwebs

(No prizes, but if you can answer them all without googling you get bragging rights.)

  1. Which “Scream Queen” made a horror workout video in which a masked killer stalks her exercise buddies, then she shows some out-of-shape zombies the best ways to keep fit?
    A) Jamie Lee Curtis
    B) Heather Langenkamp
    C) Linnea Quigley
    D) Debbie Rochon
    E) Neve Campbell
  2. This Japanese river imp has a water-filled depression on top of its head which is its source of power; it can be defeated by bowing to it, forcing it to politely return the bow and spill the water.
  3. The TV series Being Human (BBC version) takes place in what city?
    A) London
    B) Cardiff
    C) Bath
    D) Glasgow
    E) Bristol
  4. This Discworld novel by Terry Pratchett sees Granny Weatherwax and Nanny Ogg pitted against Count Magpyr and his family of vampires.
  5. The album Sunfighter includes songs about werewolves (“When I Was a Boy I Watched the Wolves”) and cannibalism (“Silver Spoon”); it was recorded by two members of this much more famous band:
    A) The Grateful Dead
    B) Jefferson Airplane
    C) Cream
    D) The Who
    E) Jethro Tull
  6. The Scottish were-creatures called Selkies can transform into what animal?
  7. The first known mermaid stories are about the goddess Atargartis, from which ancient civilization?
    A) Assyria
    B) Carthage
    C) Sumeria
    D) Crete
    E) Babylonia
  8. The 1982 movie The Thing opens with a helicopter pursuing what animal?
  9. In the Voudou religion, who is the supreme deity?
    A) Papa Legba
    B) Bondye
    C) Simbi
    D) Damballah
    E) Baron Samedi
  10. In Beetlejuice, what is the name of the Maitland’s case worker?

(Answers below the fold)

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Halloween Villain Conference Call

December 2nd, 2013 by Cobwebs

It’s nice that horror villains can coordinate their efforts with modern technology.

(via Cult of the Great Pumpkin)

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