Doctor pulls inch-long cockroach from man’s ear
01.10.2014
09:25 am

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Animals

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Insects
Cockroach


 
It’s the kind of thing you would expect to see in some B-movie horror, where a ravenous cockroach crawls into a sleeping victim’s ear, and starts burrowing towards their brain. It will involve lots of screaming, gore, thrashing about and flying chunks of splattered brain. You get the picture. Well, for one man in Australia this was almost what happened, when a cockroach paid him a nocturnal visit.

Hendrik Helmer awoke one morning from uneasy sleep with a sharp pain in his right ear. At first he feared a poisonous spider had crawled into his ear during the night, and hoped it would not bite him.

Helmer then attempted to suck out the intruder with a vacuum cleaner. When this failed, and the pain became excruciating, he tried squirting water into his ear, but to no effect. As Helmer explained to the Australian Broadcasting Corporation:

“Whatever was in my ear didn’t like it at all.”

A concerned roommate rushed Helmer to a local hospital, where a doctor put oil in his ear. Alas, this only forced the 0.8 inch cockroach to burrow deeper, where it eventually began to die.
 
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A mutant cockroach from ‘Bug’ (1975)
 
According to Mr. Helmer, it was around the ten minute mark that the cockroach began to stop burrowing and began “the throes of death twitching.” The doctor put forceps into his ear and removed the cockroach.

“She [the doctor] said, ‘You know how I said a little cockroach, that may have been an underestimate.’

“They said they had never pulled an insect this large out of someone’s ear.”

Mr. Helmer said he would not be taking any further precautions to stop any other nocturnal invaders, although his friends have been so perturbed, some are now sleeping with headphones on.

However, cockroaches crawling into people’s ears whilst they are asleep, is not uncommon, as the following video shows.
 

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And here are those little critters in the horror movie Bug (1975)
 
H/T the Daily Telegraph

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Soft, fluffy hairball is NOT what it seems
01.02.2014
09:24 am

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Amusing
Animals

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Spiders
Hairballs

 
At first there’s a nice little ditty sung by Vine user paglo. And then… holy shit!

Via Nerdcore

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Vincent Price wrote a book about his dog Joe
12.31.2013
09:05 am

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Vincent Price

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If you didn’t have enough reasons to love Vincent Price, here’s one more.

Vincent Price loved animals, in particular dogs, and his favorite dog was the one he owned, a dog called Joe.

Vincent was so enamored with his four-legged pal that he wrote an entire book about him called The Book of Joe, in 1961, which begins as follows:

“This is a tale of how I went to the dogs or, to be numerically correct, to the dog. Now please do not expect this book to end with a glorious proclamation of rehabilitation. Not a chance. After fourteen years I’m incurably hooked on, intoxicated by, and addicted to - my dog Joe.”

I had never heard of Mr. Price’s foray into canine biography before, but now have it on my growing list of books I would like to read,  and going by some reviews on Good Reads, it sounds like a treat:

If you are ever lucky enough to find this out of print and rare book, you will be delighted by the WONDERFUL stories it contains. Told as elegantly and masterfully as only Vincent Price could tell. I could hear his distinct voice within every written word. A real rare gem for Vincent Price fans or Dog lovers in general.

This book tells not only the story of Joe but of other Price pets. Including apes, camels and roosters, just to name a few. The book is somewhat auto-biographical in nature as it relates to his love of animals. Sometimes sad but often hilarious, I laughed more often than I cried. I always enjoy a happy ending and so Mr. Price deliveres as the climax and ending becomes triumphant yet poignant.

This book helped me remember that the world lost not only a great Actor when Mr. Price died, but a loving husband, father, gourmet cook, art critic, and one of a dog’s best friends.

It appears Vincent Price’s The Book of Joe is a much sought after and rather difficult to find book, so I guess until I’m lucky enough to own a copy, I will have to make do with these charming ink drawings by artist Leo Hershfield, which illustrate Mr. Price’s book.
 
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More from Vincent and Joe, after the jump…
 

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Chihuahua skeleton made from old typewriter parts
12.19.2013
09:05 am

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Animals
Art
Design

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Dogs
typewriters
Chihuahua


 
I wish there were more photos of this chihuahua skeleton sculpture made entirely from typewriter parts by artist Jeremy Mayer. I wonder how big it is? Is it life-size? It must be.

According to Mayer’s Tumblr, he’ll be posting more photos of this piece in the next few days. Hold tight.

Via Boing Boing

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Black sheep’s wool cut to look exactly like a prize-winning poodle
12.18.2013
09:29 am

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Art
Fashion
Pop Culture

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Black sheep
Poodles


 
You may have already seen this fantastical black sheep trimmed like a poodle, but I haven’t, so I thought I’d share with you all in case you missed it, too. Because, well, it’s a black sheep groomed to look just like a goddamned poodle!

The project was by Lernert & Sander for the Dutch newspaper De Volkskrant. According to the groomer Marieke Hollander “it was a lot of work on the day of the photoshoot. It took 12 hours, including the grooming, to finally get the right pictures.”

Is it me, or does the sheep look slightly embarrassed by its new ‘do? I hope this doesn’t turn into some sort of new hipster pet trend.

Via Mudfooted and with thanks to Adam Parfrey!

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Sylvester’s dog Princess Terry receives “celebrity pet” award, Castro Street Dog Show, 1984
12.17.2013
10:02 am

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Animals
Heroes
Queer
R.I.P.

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Dogs
Sylvester


 
Damn my terrible timing! Yesterday marked the 25th anniversary of the passing of Sylvester; queer icon, incredible vocalist and Disco Diva extraordinaire. Well, I may be 24 hours late, but I couldn’t let another day pass without posting something in tribute here on DM.

And what a doozy of a clip! Yes, it’s Sylvester at the Castro Street Dog Fair in 1984, receiving the “celebrity pet” award on behalf of his pup, Princess Terry, from former Catwoman Lee Meriwether, all under the watchful gaze of a leather-vested cowboy. Yep. It really doesn’t get any more camp than this.

R.I.P. Queen Sylvester, you will forever be missed!
 

 
Major H/T to Matthew Hill!

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Cat candle reveals skeleton as it burns
12.11.2013
10:20 am

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Animals

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Candles


 
This PyroPet cat candle named “Kisa” is damned adorable, right? As the candle burns, it slowly reveals an aluminium kitteh skeleton. I dig it.

The candle also comes in black. You can order Kisa at the Swish website for around $34 + shipping.


 

 

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‘Monty Python and the Holy Grail’-themed killer rabbit slippers


 

Tim: Well, that’s no ordinary rabbit.
King Arthur: Ohh.
Tim: That’s the most foul, cruel, and bad-tempered rodent you ever set eyes on!

If I bought these Monty Python and the Holy Grail rabbit slippers, they’d probably just end up being extra expensive Monty Python dog toys. My dogs are like that. Assholes.

The Killer Rabbit of Caerbannog slippers are available through Firebox for $40.89.

Update: Some less expensive ones can be found here.
 

 
Via Laughing Squid

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Taxidermied mice chess set
12.09.2013
09:15 am

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Animals
Art
Games

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Chess
Taxidermy


 
Don’t worry, I’ve got your holiday gift ideas covered this year: What about this delightful handmade taxidermy mice chess set by Etsy shop TheCurious13? There’s only one available and it’s retailing for $450.00.

According to the write-up on Etsy:

The set includes 16 light colored mice and 16 dark mice, in various sizes, pawns being the smallest. Set comes complete with wooden hand painted chess board, and storage case (not pictured).

Now I’m curious what the chess board and storage case look like.


 

 

 
With thanks to Gail Potocki!

 

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Amazingly detailed octopus coffee table
11.18.2013
11:16 am

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Animals
Design

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Octopus


 
Here’s a stunning—and major décor statement piece, IMO—500 lb. bronze octopus coffee table by Los Angeles-based sculptor, artist and designer Isaac Krauss.

It’s pretty incredible, eh? I can’t find the price for this, but I’d wager that this sucker ain’t cheap…
 
You can contact Krauss via his website if you’re interested.
 

 

 
h/t Everlasting Blort

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