That’s why I’m not allowed to be here unsupervised.

This is the longest and most confusing post ever.  I started writing it months ago and then got distracted.  If I were you I probably wouldn’t read it.  You’ve been warned.

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It all started with a tweet I sent out a few months ago, linking to the blog of an antique store that was selling something fantastic and horrible…

me:  HOLY SHITSNACKS.  SOMEONE BUY THIS FOR ME:

Follow-up tweet:

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Conversation with Victor on the phone (several minutes later, when I realized he’d probably read my twitter feed):

me:  Hey.  I just bought a honey-badger killing a python.

Victor: Who is this?

me:  No, seriously.  I just emailed you a picture.  The cobra-mongers said I could rent it for $100, but it’s only $300 to keep it and renting is like throwing money away.  That’s what Dave Ramsey always says.

Victor: You bought two dead animals – killing each other – because renting them is a bad investment?

me:  And also because I suck at returning things.  I still have VHS tapes from Blockbuster that I’ve never returned.

Victor: *sigh*

me:  This is awesome because it’s like a naked honey-badger death/Cobra match.  There is no part of that that doesn’t scream “BUY ME”.  Plus, the cobra looks so damn happy.  He’s like “HI FRIEND!” and the honey-badger is all “I WILL END YOU” and the cobra’s like “WOULD YOU LIKE A NUTTER-BUTTER?  THEY ARE DELICIOUS.”  And the honey-badger is like “I WILL MAKE YOUR SKIN INTO A SWEATER.”

Victor:  Wtf?

me:  Oh my God, they’re totally us.  Guess which one is me?

Victor:  The cobra.

me:  EXACTLY.  I’m going to make a whole cartoon just based on honey-badger and cobra.

Victor (opening the picture):  Oh, holy shit.  Honey, seriously?  You paid money for this?  It’s not even a honey-badger.  It’s a mongoose with mange.  It’s Rikki-Tikki-Tavi from Kipling.

me:  Which is even better.  It’s a death-match with a moral.  How often do you buy a death-match that comes with its own story?  Almost never.

Victor:  And where are you planning on putting this monstrosity?

me:  I hadn’t thought that far ahead.  It was an impulse buy.  It’s like when you buy gum at the check-out counter.  You don’t go in for it, but you buy it.  And then the whole family appreciates it later.  This is just like gum. AWESOME DEATH-MATCH GUM.

Victor: I need you to stop talking now.

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 Two weeks later:

me:  EEEEAAAAAAHH!

Victor:  What the fuck?  What’s wrong?

me:  I JUST OPENED A PACKAGE AND THERE WAS A COBRA IN IT.

Victor:  Um, you mean the cobra you ordered?

me:  Oh holy shit, my heart is racing.  I totally forgot I bought it.

Victor:  Of course you did.

me:  Wow.  You know when you’re opening a package and there’s a cobra in it and you’re all “WHO IN THE FUCK SENT ME A COBR-Oh, wait.  This is probably the cobra I ordered”?

Victor:  Nope.  No one knows what that’s like.

me:  Ugh.  I hate that feeling.  I’m so freaked out now I don’t even want to open the rest of it.  They should have put a warning on the outside.

Victor:  Something like, “Here’s the cobra you ordered.  Dumb-ass”?

me:  No, because then the post office would confiscate it.  There’s a sign up at the post office that says you can’t mail fireworks or puppies.  If you can’t mail a puppy I’m pretty sure that you can’t mail cobras either.  That’s basic logic.

Victor:  “Logic” doesn’t enter into any part of this debacle.

The most unadorable nom nom picture ever.

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Then I waited to be less creeped out by them, but they were quickly losing their whimsy and I started to suspect they were planning to kill me in my sleep.  Plus, Ferris Mewler developed an unhealthy obsession with the mongoose.

And with the snake.

And in the end I decided to just put them both outside in the garage so they could scare away other cobras and mongeese.

It’s totally working.

PS. Look.  I made new cards for my shop:

This one is for romance.

And this one is for when your spouse thinks you’ve spent too much money on shoes or power-tools or whatever.  Unless you spent too much money on a mongoose/cobra deathmatch.  Then this card is not applicable.

 

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  1. Nope, it’s Chuck Testa.

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  2. I love that this post even exists… much less includes LOLcat style visual aides.

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  3. I love you so much I want to take you out behind the middle school and get you pregnant.

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  4. Clearly, the mongoose & cobra were meant to live with James Garfield and Leprosy Monkey. Congrats on completing the set.

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  5. Oh great! Angele already said what I was so totally going to say.

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  6. OMG, I’m laughing so hard. I want a Cobra and Mongoose battle royale.

    My life will never be complete without one.

    Well, maybe it will be but I’m not entirely sure…. I’m going to say it won’t be.

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  7. NomNomNom. Thank you. I needed a laugh as I work on my WIP. And that mongoose is creepy as hello – but oddly enough I think the cobra just needs a hug.

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  8. I see a truly fantastic/horrifying barn auction in your future.

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  9. Where do you keep finding these creepy dead animals?! LOL

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  10. That’s freakin’ hilarious! Love it.

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  11. Hmm trying to think where I could find one of those and where I could stash it

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  12. I hereby declare that, from this day forward, I will endeavor to ensure that both

    A) all monologues;
    B) all bilogues (right??) with my husband

    contain 100% more mongoose/honey badger/cobra/scary-taxidermy-I-forgot-in-a-box action. Also, 50% more strangles-you-haven’t-finished-yet.

    Thank you for the inspiration.

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  13. You… have once again … Singlehandedly…. Solved everything wrong in my lil world…. Im buying the card as wedding invitations

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  14. Wow Ferris Mewler is getting SERIOUS with that mongoose. That’s unnatural.

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  15. My husbands always like: why do you always stalk this site? And I tell him but he doesnt believe me. Now I need to show him this….after I get over my freaked out-ness of how nasty that mole rat thing looks.

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  16. What happens if you have pop rocks and soda while chewing AWESOME DEATH-MATCH GUM? Does your head explode?
    Win.

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  17. I cant even describe the level of hilarity that is. And the fact that the cat is all up in its grill? Classic.

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  18. I’ve had such a shitty couple of days… This just made it all worth it!

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  19. I am so glad you write this stuff. It helps me convince my husband that I’m not really all that crazy.
    “Look honey, this chick drives her husband nuts with unique ideas too. I’m totally normal!”

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  20. OMG! I can’t breathe for laughing so hard!! Love you Jenny!

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  21. Am I the only person who saw the very first photo and thought this masterpiece was a lot bigger when it was in the store? But really, any size works when you’re talking cobra vs. mongoose on the awesome-scale. Congrats, Jenny, and kudos to you!

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  22. I take it your daughter does not now visit the garage, me I would put it right in the middle of the coffee table especially, if I could get away with it, but if it wasn’t allowed I’d wait for the boss to go and pick up the Mum-in-Law and then I’d set it up on the dresser overlooking her bed. Am I being cruel?

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  23. Why rent a cobra when for only a little bit more you can buy one? Love your logic.

    My only question – how do they get along with Beyonce?

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  24. Have you considered using it as a Halloween decoration, right next to the front door?

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  25. If that’s going in your garage, then you definitely need this for your backyard.

    http://www.buzzfeed.com/jetsetter/sculpture-made-out-of-10000-flip-flops-3n7y

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  26. Jenny…you scare me. But in a hilarious kind of way. Victor is the god of patience. You know this, right?

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  27. THAT is hilarious. I would LOVE to have this at my house.

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  28. The “om nom nom” pic is now my background on my office computer. I hope to scare away (confuse away) co-workers so they don’t ask me to do things for them now.

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  29. Hahahahahaha! This is my favourite thing ever(so far)! The cobra looks sooo happy! Does he give hugs with his mouth, too?

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  30. The more I read your blog, the more I realize I got the short end of the husband stick, because I totally would be divorced within seconds of putting that in my house, no matter how badass it is. My husband just doesn’t get genius.

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    Magen Hughes

    I just linked the story to my boyfriend and he thought it was hilarious and agreed that he would kill me if I ever attempted any of this. This of course begs me to ask you the question: Would *you* rent the statue out? Also, he doesn’t realize this yet, but the romance card is the only card he is ever going to get for Valentine’s Day/Anniversaries for, like, ever. Thank you thank you thank you!❤

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  32. This is the best thing I have read all week. Those pictures of your cat with mongoose and cobra (family portrait?!) are hilarious.

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  33. Never thought a post about a chupacabra/cobra death-match w/amorous kitties would be the thing that got me out of my pit of doom today! Now, all I need is awesome death-match gum and I’m set.

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  34. Loving every bit of your blog. This one was especially hilar.

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  35. Can I request Christmas cards with this piece of beauty? Actually my husband is requesting them because he is awesome!

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  36. ahahah!!!! totally epic win! thanks😀

    i agree..put them out as halloween decor. then scare the crap outta everyone..unless they read your blog. then they’ll probably just laugh😉

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  37. Oh sweet baby Jesus…I’m pretty sure you’re trying to kill me…j’adore the LOL Cats…

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  38. Jenny, I found myself at an antique store taking a picture of a marionette dummy(the creepy kind) perched next to a figururine angel. It was like a battle between good and evil and the captions were popping into my head and then it hits me…it’s you. You’ve gotten into my head and I see captions of monkeys and chickens saying crap now.
    Thank you for the cobras and the mangey mongeese.
    Sam

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  39. So is the kitty “marking” the mongoose–now it beloooongs to the kitteh, bwaa-hahaha!

    I love this!

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  40. I wondered if you’d gotten your critter battle yet.

    The fact that you scared yourself because you’d forgotten you ordered them is delightful. I hope it’s okay that I laughed until I choked because of that.

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  41. I followed the whole post and totally understood it. I’m pretty sure that’s a sign of some kind of brain injury. Thank you for alerting me to that fact so I can now go spend a suitcase full of cash on doctors to repair my injury. Once again, you have done a good deed.

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  42. So I have personally been in the throes of horrific brain-melting anxiety and desperately missing my little girl (http://youtu.be/8yxqRSnRMLs http://youtu.be/dyIVhRpNXtI) and paralyzing anxiety that my horrific depression is returning, which is COMPLETELY unproductive… and yeah. I think I’m cured, at least for the next few hours. Bless you, Jenny and mongoose and cobra and ESPECIALLY Mr. Mewler for drastically brightening my everything. Now if he could do my presentation for my grad school seminar, that would just be icing on the cake. Because who’s going to be mad at Ferris for not reading “Development as Freedom?” He’d just get up there and be like, “Mrow, I’m freaking adorable, bitches. Watch me cuddle with this cobra.” and everyone would forget that he was supposed to be in grad school. Plus what with the paws and all, he has a good excuse. Although I’m pretty sure he could work a kindle if he tried. So basically Ferris is just a lazy bastard. Damn you, Ferris!!!

    I think my Xanax might finally be kicking in. Thank the lord.

    I’m not sure I should be allowed to represent my nonprofit in this state. But I figure anyone who’s reading this site can handle it. A certain level of insanity is required to work at an orphanage with 30 kids under the age of five. And a LOT of xanax. Love, and moderate insanity, and a good supply of bribery candy, and xanax.

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  43. I check for updates on your blog every day.

    You complete me.
    You had me at “knock, knock, motherfucker” way back when…and it keeps getting better!

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  44. Again, you made me piss my pants. I write posts about whores in UGGs and booty shorts while you write awesome shit like this. Clearly, you win.

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  45. OMG that’s horrifying

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  46. As much as I loved this post, I loved Julie’s comment even more. Also, I think it is a honey badger, because everyone knows they are nasty and don’t give a shit.

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  47. My favorite part of this is that you paid $300 for a garage ornament. I think it at least deserves to be out back with Beyonce don’t you?

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  48. Is it wierd that my favorite part of the entire thing is that you nonchalantly refer to the plural of mongoose as mongeese.

    I’m petitioning Merriam-Webster as we speak.

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  49. Bwahahaahaaaa THANK YOU so much for the much needed distraction and the much needed laugh this morning🙂

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  50. If there’s one post that “holy shitsnacks” perfectly qualifies to express WTF-ness, this is it. Please tell me you buy Victor beer. The nice beer. You know some people buy 24 cans of some stuff but you buy the single bottle with a cork for the same $$?

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  51. I think you need to make a teeny model of this for your haunted dollhouse. But which room would it go in? Hmmm…

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  52. You’re so awesome. This is really giving me a self-esteem boost about my expensive shoe splurges; I don’t think I’ve ever had a crazy shopping urge for taxidermy.

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  53. I kind of knew it was coming but still the picture of the ‘animals’ in the packing peanuts caused me to FREAK THE FUCK OUT.
    Thanks.
    And I love the second card the most.
    Also, I just got finished leaving a comment somewhere else about the time my parents’ house was infested with 5 giant black snakes ALL AT THE SAME TIME.
    One reared back at me when I opened the door to the laundry closet.
    Good times.
    I am sharing all kinds of fuzzy bunny feelings all over the internet today.

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  54. I’ve been waiting to see how the cobra purchase turned out…

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  55. I have been crying for over an hour for the love of God please stop it

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  56. This felt oddly like a secretly recorded conversation involving Perez Hilton if he wrote about animals….Pescador Holiday Inn, and Jack Black.

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  57. I don’t mean this in a bad “you’re fucking batshit crazy way” (though, I say that with love), but I’m surprised that Victor is still married to you.

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  58. Jenny, I totally love you right now. That is a fantastically horrible tableau.

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  59. You have totally made my day. How, you ask? By buying something so completely inappropriate, then having THAT conversation with your Victor. Next time I buy something of this caliber, I will show my husband this post first and tell him what I bought is nothing compare to what Jenny purchased… So – THANK YOU for giving me that.

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  60. How are you not president of the world? Brilliant!

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  61. I *triplenheart* love you. Always have. Always will.

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  62. Just be careful. Let’s remember that old adage: “Mongeese of a feather flock together.”

    I’m just saying, you might want to get a mongoose alert for the garage.

    The cobras won’t be an issue, though. Of that I’m certain.

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  63. Oh yeah, and I thought I was getting in early because when I started reading this post, there were 10 comments. But by the time I had posted mine, there were 49. I am a fast reader, even when savoring the material. Girl, you are *popular*!!

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  64. I keep printing out your posts, and showing them/reading them to my husband. I do this, hoping he will think that my insanity could be so much worse, and be thankful for the insanity I have, in comparison. But, it really doesn’t work. I might as well start buying death scenes with morals.

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  65. at first I thought this battle of the death was like eight feet tall… photos can be deceiving… so… much… laughter…

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  66. What concerns me most is the unusual tumor growing in the Cobra’s bottom jaw. You should probably take him to the vet.

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  67. Seriously… you need to warn those of us who snort at the screen with liquid in our mouths, or have minor bladder control issues, to take care of such things before reading! OMG, that was fan-frickin-tastic!

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  68. Only in Texas. Just tell Victor that he should be grateful that you didn’t buy something totally kitschy like a Beaver paddling a canoe http://macstaxidermy.com/Novelty/beaver%20canoe.jpg or a squirrel playing golf http://macstaxidermy.com/052010/squirrel%20golfing.jpg or any of these other AWESOME pieces from Mac’s Taxidermy http://macstaxidermy.com/novelty.htm

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  69. You have finally filled the hole left http://www.hyperboleandahalf.com not updating her site. Thank you.

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  70. Maybe you could mount it on something above your door. Or in the entryway to scare off troublesome visitors. I cannot decide.

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  71. My husband just walked in, looked at the pictures on the screen, and said, “You can’t have it.” He has no sense of whimsey.

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  72. You’re kind of like a microwave oven, or the Internet itself; I can’t recall what life was like before The Bloggess. However, I’m pretty sure it wasn’t as funny. Even with The Marx Brothers.

    (of course, I’m absolutely not comparing you to the utilitarian function of a piece of kitchen hardware. That would be inappropriate and dipshitty. Just comparing the – forget it – there’s no way this comes out sounding right)

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  73. I think the really freaky thing about that is that it cost $300. Your bargaining skills have obviously deteriorated since Copernicus.

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  74. Sorry, please make that:

    You have finally filled the hole left BY http://www.hyperboleandahalf.com not updating her site. Thank you.

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  75. Has anyone ever complimented you on your superb use of italics?

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  76. When I was in Kindergarten my class did that thing where you send a teddy bear and a disposable camera to whoever you know that lives farthest away, with instructions for them to take a picture at some local landmark and then do the same, until the bear travels all over and makes it way back to you. You should do that with this thing.

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  77. See, now the cobra & mongoose can be vessels of happiness and Dirty Dancing-esque thoughts..

    You know what I mean.

    I do completely agree, barring the fact that they’re *sort* of creepy and could quite possibly kill you in you sleep, it was definitely a better deal to buy them.

    I still have someone else’s Blockbuster DVD of ‘Saved!’ and you know they’re not getting that back.

    And later, when you find the perfect use for them (another holiday card perhaps? You could make an entire series of holiday cards with the collection of stuffed/dead animals you have..), you’ll appreciate them and find them less creepy. Or more. It depends.

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  78. The pictures with Ferris Mewler ~killed~ me !! hahaha!

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  79. Go to your happy place. Go to your happy place. Go to your happy place.

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  80. This might very well be the funniest thing I’ve read in a LONG time!!!!!!

    Thank you I needed a good laugh!!!!!

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  81. Apparently I offended my husband by laughing so hard tears were rolling down my face and I couldn’t finish reading your post until I stopped laughing. What’s up with that?? He thinks there is something wrong with ME! Personally I think he’s the one with the problem.

    Thanks. Don’t stop posting such high quality stuff!

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  82. The exchanges between you and Victor are better than anything on television and 95% of anything on the internet. Jeff, the Cobra, and his ability to maintain his positive and calm outlook despite having an OMFG-Mongoose in constant rage-mode is something we should all aspire to.

    If this isn’t the best remake of “The Odd Couple” ever, then I will eat my hat, ma’am.

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  83. Is this one of those posts where I shouldn’t try to read all the comments before commenting myself?

    Yep. Thought so.

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  84. Susan D. to “Susan”—-there were 16 comments here when I started reading. I’d planned on mentioning her doll house too, (Great Susan’s think alike) but my thought was more like having it hovering beside or behind it like a giant Godzilla-type reference. After all, I read somewhere today that the world is going to end on October 21st. Who is to say it wouldn’t be from giant Mongoose and cobra attacks? And Jenny, I’m pretty sure you should keep it closer than the garage. I have a feeling that thing might just ward off Zombies. I’m just saying………..

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  85. My snake-obsessed son’s face just lit up like Christmas when he saw the pictures. He wants this. Badly. His birthday is in 10 days. But, alas, my husband would be…..unpleased. And besides, I’m sure you couldn’t part with such genius.

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  86. I love that Ferris Mewler is so infatuated with them. My dog would have called me a bitched and refused to be in the same house as them. Then again, my dog has always been a little bit racist towards reptiles and mongeese with leprosy.

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  87. Really, where do you find this stuff? Not that my house needs more taxidermied animals, but it definitely needs more taxidermied animals *with character.*

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  88. I think “Here’s the cobra you ordered, dumbass” just trumped “Knock knock motherfucker” as blog catchphrase most likely to make me pee myself.

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  89. And I meant to add: Rikki-Tikki-Tavi looked so much bigger in the store. I think you may have been ripped off.

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  90. I’m laughing so hard I’m snorting. Of course now my four year old is asking what a dumb ass is. Guess I’m up for the mom of the year award now. Love your blog Jenny!

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  91. It’s not that long of a post. But I still skimmed through the first time and LOLed

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    OMG this is hillarious! And Ferris Mewler?? Lol.

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  93. That second card is totally what I need for when I finally go liberate Fernando the fancy fox from the antique store. You’d love him, he has a hand knitted scarf and hat and the most lovely smile/snarl. Although, he recently aquired a lady friend at the shop, and I’m afraid he won’t leave without her.

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  94. The first picture totally makes it look like it’s a velociraptor and a giant cobra from monster movie. I have to say I was a little let down to see that it’s a *normal-sized* cobra. I was hoping there’d be some kind of Beyonce threesome thing happening.

    Still awesome though.

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  95. See my husband would buy that for me. It’s not uncommon for him to bring me dead things for a romantic jester

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  96. Do you have ANY idea how happy this post makes me? I don’t even know where to begin. Mongooses (geese?), cobras, kitties, packing peanuts – all the elements of a classic and compelling story.

    Nom Nom Nom!!!

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    Just when I thought I couldn’t love you more, you post this. PS: I also love Victor.

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  98. Is amazeballs ok to say? Who cares? Yes, this is amazeballs. Thanks for making me laugh!

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  99. At least it wasn’t towels….just sayin’….

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  100. I had one of these cobra mongoose death match stuffies growing up. My dad gave it to me, I think he got it from an uncle who brought it back from India (or a flea market).

    I kept it on a shelf in my bedroom and it was awesome for elementary school show-and-tell . By the time I was in middle school it was starting to get pretty mangy and may have been interfering with my ability to meet girls. So I threw it away or donated it to Goodwill, I can’t remember. Maybe this is my long lost treasure.

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  101. You need to put them in the garden and grow things around them, so that visitors are all “Look at the beautiful Daffodils OH HOLY FUCK WHAT IS THAT?”

    You may need to hang a sign somewhere though so that you’re not liable in case of heart attack.

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  102. I had to read this post to my husband, so he would realize how lucky he is. Because our house is both cobra & mongoose free.

    We do have half a grizzly bear in the guest room. The half with the head on it. The other half would just be stupid. Plus, a bear staring down at the guest bed ensures you don’t have overly fussy house guests staying with you.

    And in the living room, we have an elephant’s foot. I realize other people have a lucky rabbit’s foot, but they are just so tiny, how much love could fit in there?

    My husband, even after then years of being married to me, still isn’t completely comfortable with the dead animal decorating theme, but has come to realize he should count himself lucky that none of the animals are trying to kill each other…. or us…

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  103. Thank you so much for that card, you have no idea. Now I know *exactly* what to get for my husband after I buy those four pigmy goats.
    I mean, he technically said “yes”.
    Only, you know, kind of that “hahaha, you’re joking right?” kind of voice.
    No, dear husband. No I wasn’t.

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  104. I can’t stop laughing. Kudos on the brilliant italics. Now I begin to understand how Victor survives in this relationship. He just waits for the other shoe (or cobra) to drop and enjoys the show.

    Not sure I’d put it out where kids could touch it, tho.

    Above the front door, in the transom, yeah, or in the front window with a blacklite on it, sure.

    And a teeny, tiny version for the haunted dollhouse would be PERFECT.

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  105. Because I (like yourself) am a concerned pet owner, I took the liberty of looking up MANGE for you … as I really think Rikki has a problem. And it’s defined as “a persistent and CONTAGIOUS disease of the skin causing inflammation and itching and loss of hair. Affects domestic animals and sometimes PEOPLE.”

    Contagious, Jenny. And sometimes affects people. Get these two beasts to a vet lickety split … and, for the love of God, sequester them from your cats and many other creepy animal purchases.

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  106. Ferris is going to eat them the first chance he gets, and since he loves you so he’ll leave their heads on your bed and Victor’s discovery of them will be more horrifying than the horse head scene in The Godfather and I can’t wait till you blog about that.

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  107. Don’t mongooses (mongeese??? what is the plural here?) eat chickens? WATCH OUT, BEYONCE!!

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  108. And, bear in mind, Ferris’ close contact may already make him a carrier.

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  109. You just make me so damn happy. It’s like hearing God singing with Bobby McFerrin. Yes, that awesome.

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  110. Not much funny happened today. All I got in the mail was another letter pretending to be a check, only it was from DirectTV trying to get me to switch. I never get good shit in the mail. You’re so lucky.

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  111. I may be confused but it’s from being oxygen deprived from laughing.

    And, by the way, I am going to pepper my conversation withthe expression “holy shitsnacks!” from now on.

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  112. We need a contest to name them…and the winner can rent them out from you for at least $200.00 a day!They look a bit like Ren and Stimpy to me!

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  113. This is hilarious. Disturbing and hilarious.

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  114. I swear! This post made me laugh so hard! I have had a similar conversation with my husband about an impulse buy so I could TOTALLY hear the whine/defeat that was probably in Victor’s voice. Good times😀

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  115. I actually owned one of these, a million years ago. Bought it new from an Indian import shop, so less mangy initially. My cats eventually ate the cobra’s face. I salvaged some snakeskin to use in various projects (still have some somewhere) and the mongoose was a cat toy until it looked a bit like the one in the pic only with no tail or ears, at which point I believe I threw it away.

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  116. I’ve had that forgetting what you purchased online when you were bored and your paypal worked at the time and then two weeks later you’re like what the fuck was I thinking and then you sell it back on ebay because it’s some other fool’s turn to buy it.

    But mine weren’t normally alive previously…

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  117. MY AUNT USED TO HAVE ONE OF THESE!!!! No, I’m not even effing joking. I was fascinated and horrified by it as a young child. Are there more than one of these out there?! WHAT IF YOU OWN HER OLD THING!?

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  118. I laughed so hard I cried…and that was just halfway through the post. By the time I was done, the cats were hiding and my boyfriend was giving me worried looks because he could hear my hysterical laughter through the gaming sounds over his headphones.😀

    I’m bookmarking this entry for those days when I can’t seem to laugh at anything.

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  119. Oh. good. God. The packing peanuts with peeking heads. I can’t even. It gives me anxiety to know that is in your house. WHAT IF IT COMES TO LIFE?! You know, like Toy Story, but with cobras and chupacabras.

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  120. I just promised a friend of mine that when we die and go to heaven, me, her, and you are going to run around the Elysian Fields and pose the angels in compromising positions. And they’ll have to take it, because we’ll OWN them.

    So, yeah. Get ready for that.

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  121. Ok, if you ever need a new BFF or anything please call me. You rock!

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  122. You have the travelling red dress. You need to make this the travelling honey-badger-cobra-death-match statuary. Just for giggles.

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  123. Awsome!!! That’s a card I would buy!!!!!!

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  124. I just recently got turned onto your site and I believe this is the funniest shit I have had the pleasure of reading in a while. You are my “cig break”! Thank you!

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    This is just full of win. I will now have to seek out an equally distressed vintage cobra vs mongoose to pull together the eclectic decor of my home.

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  126. Would you REALLY have traded Copernicus for that? I mean, it’s a great piece, and all, but Copernicus is like family. Weird family who may or may not be dangerous. Right?

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  127. My sides hurt from laughing at this. What makes it all the better: Looking at the cards you made, and realizing there’s a “With Love” tag on the cobra.

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  128. HOLY SHIT THERE’S MORE THAN ONE OF THOSE?!?!?! You have no idea. Something just like that, but with more fur was in my great grandmother’s formal living room my entire childhood. It freaked me out like crazy. My little brother too. He wrote a song about a mongoose named Gef and put the creepy snake thing in his video http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vyzQ-ZFSQic

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  129. I was disappointed when I saw how small they were. From the main picture I had imagined something more MegaPython versus Mutated Leopard.

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  130. You are seriously my hero. Or is that heroine?
    Semantics, bah!
    My husband doesn’t understand why I’m laughing so hard, his loss.😄

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  131. If they creep you out too much I guess you can put them in your “future re-gifts” pile with what I would guess would include an old scalp and a jar of baby boogers.

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  132. Remember how you “accidentally” put Beyonce’ outside of Victor’s office window?

    I’d be real leery about blowing open a closet or pantry door too quick now.

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  133. ‘Something like, “Here’s the cobra you ordered. Dumb-ass”?’ OMG I love Victor! (I love you too!)

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  134. Who would win in a fight to the death…Cobra, Mongoose or Zombie? Or is it automatically zombie because they are already dead?

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  135. I’m totally buying one of those cards…. That’s why I’m not allowed to shop online without supervision either! Although I have never bought a cobra…..

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  136. What? No Christmas cards? I’m sending you tiny Santa and elf hats now…

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  137. I had to explain to my parents why I needed a new computer and I didn’t have even a fraction of the grace you had with trying to explain the ferret/python.

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  138. When I first saw the pic, I thought they were people size (Rodents of Unusual Size anyone? And an anaconda?) and I couldn’t imagine where in the heck you’d put them in a house. Hey, it’s been a long day. ;D I’m liking the picture of them peeking out of the box though. How you can stand Copernicus in your house and be creeped out by them, I’m not sure. Unless they’ve joined Copernicus in the garage, then it all makes sense.

    Love you and this post.

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  139. Julie- #1!! I laughed so hard at your comment I scared my cube neighbor. And how do I possibly explain why I was laughing?

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  140. I reckon a really good spot for that would be the front lawn: That way, when people drive by, they’ll be like, “HOLY SHIT, A COBRA AND A MONGOOSE ARE FIGHTING TO THE DEATH OVER THERE!!”

    And then their lives will be complete😀

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  141. I laughed so hard reading this. My eyes are still tearing. This seriously sounds like something that would/could happen in my house. Thanks for making my day.

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  142. Having an unreasonable fear of all things taxidermy, I have to agree with Victor with regards to the value of that particular impulse buy (for obviously different reasons since I don’t believe he’s phobic).

    So for me, that is the most horrifying thing I’ve ever seen, and I’m glad you’ve put it in the garage. Just don’t forget you put it there, and then later go to the garage and soil yourself. That would suck.

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  143. LOL! I thought nothing would beat Beyonce. I was wrong.

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  144. This is one of the more awesome posts that has ever existed. It creeped me out from the first time I looked at it at the top of the post and it’s still creeping me out 8 minutes later… and will probably creep me out a year from now. Still… I’m encouraged there are still people like you around that look at that and find a thing of awesomeness. Y’all are quickly fading.

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  145. I don’t even know what to say about that, except how could you possibly think about trading Copernicus for anything???

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  146. I wish I had someone who questioned my purchases just so I could buy that card.

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  147. Where the hell do you shop???

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  148. Your husband should be grateful for the gift you have bestowed upon your household.

    Nom nom-ing cobras have now entered the pinterest world.

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  149. “You bought two dead animals – killing each other – because renting them is a bad investment?”

    That may be one of Victor’s best summations ever.

    The size of the deathmatch is hard to judge in the first picture, so I could see how Victor might freak. But once seen in relation to packing peanuts or a cat, it seems like a pretty reasonable item. It is like a bookshelf size diorama.

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  150. Reading this in class was a bad idea. I nearly choked to death on my laughter to keep everyone (including the teacher, who was in the middle of a demonstration/lecture) from looking at me like I was on crack.

    HILARIOUSLY worth it, though!

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  151. Oh, Jenny, I worship you. You are so awesome. I love your blog. LOVE IT. That’s why I paid for a month-long sidebar ad for my publisher being for sale: the type people I’d want to work for as a writer are the type who read your blog—and GET it. (That’s not to say I won’t write for nerds. I’ll write for nerds too, as long as they can buy my publisher and keep it in business.)🙂
    THANK YOU for making me laugh. At the end of the day, after teaching 4th graders how to write– I mean TRYING to teach 4th graders how to write– and after starting AND ending my day campaigning for somebody to buy my publisher so I can get out of publishing purgatory, I read your posts and laugh my ass off. And I thank you for that.

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  152. I feel like my fear of cobras and various roadkill has held me back all these years. The good news is that my cousin is going into Taxidermy next year, so I’m planning to use it as an opportunity to get over my fear. (Apparently there are contests where you’re judged by how well you stuff the animals into various poses…like jazz hands and groin chops.)

    ps. Regarding your Blockbuster tapes, you don’t happen to have the movie “Splash” do you?
    I only ask because I recently found two copies (both from Blockbuster) stuffed in the back of my old bedroom closet.

    I can’t help but feel partially responsible for Darryl Hannah’s career downfall. Had I not been hoarding those tapes for the last 25 years, maybe she would have gotten more exposure and not ended up becoming a celebrity-turned convicted felon, arrested for protesting something about pipelines that I can’t be bothered to remember because like I said she’s a celebrity-turned- convicted felon.

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  153. The first time I pointed my husband at your blog it was for you vs. Brand Link’s Jose Martinez battle. This time I pointed him to this entry. (And he said, “I’ll have to add this to my reading list.”) I will know when he has read this by the maniacal laughter and him saying “chupacabra” like that sergeant from some video game. Anyway, if you end up wanting to get rid of it, you can sell/send it to Trundle Manor.

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  154. Victor needs a sign that says “oh my god how is this my life!!!!!?” and a picture of the cobra/mongoose clash beside it.

    I may need one, too. It’s been a weird year. But finding you helps make up for the rest.

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  155. Dammit, Woman! I fuckin’ love you!

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  156. Holy shit. That is so freaking amazing. I love the cards. Genius, all of it.

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  157. Please write a book.

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  158. That’s just nasty. $300 dollars worth of nasty, so at least you got your money’s worth. I gotta side with Victor on this one. SERIOUSLY? WTF and *sigh* are waaay nicer responses than I’d get if I bought something like that. I bet your cat wants to gnaw their faces off.

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  159. Once again, I’ve had to hide my head under my desk to keep everyone else in the office from hearing me laugh-snort. Of course, I usually just explain it away as a zombie apocalypse drill (lots of eye-rolls, but it’s not my fault if they all want to get eaten).

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  160. I cried. Thank you for improving my day immensely and with captions. I love you in a very creepy Internet way.

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  161. *dissolves into ridiculously runny laughing poo*

    I thought you couldn’t get any better than Beyonce. I was wrong. I apologize!

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  162. I can’t believe you didn’t do a romance card with Ferris Mewler and the cobra/mongoose(or naked mole rat) thing.
    Its a just screaming for…well, something.

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  163. My dad brought one of those back from Thailand. It didn’t last one day; Mom told him it was fun over by a lawnmower. Wish I knew what she really did with it.

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  164. Best Nom Nom ever!

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  165. I love you more with each post…. I am worried about Ferris Mewler though…..

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  166. Jenny…that romance card…oh god. I’m crying. I need like, 20 of these. I’m going to send them to everyone I know.

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  167. You rock, we are not worthy.

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  168. I have been trying to decide who is Jennifer Grey and who is Patrick Swayze, and I just cannot choose. It’s probably like one of those short stories where not knowing is part of the point.

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  169. I don’t know whether to be disturbed or to roll on the floor laughing! Hilarious and frightening all at the same time.

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  170. Miss Bloggess, you make EVERYTHING IN MY WHOLE LIFE better.

    Even when you are having hardtimes or depressingtimes or everything-is-terrible-times, you are consistently the funniest writer I know about, and you do such awesome awesome things. I link you to everyone, because you are AWESOME. A friend was running around Dragon*Con with a Beyonce of her own, which made me squee in delight because of how awesome everything was.

    Basically, what I am clumsily trying to say, is that you are awesome and this post is awesome. Never stop being so rad, not that I think you could.

    ~Sor

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  171. You.Are.My.Hero.

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  172. HONEY BADGER!! Must watch this – http://youtu.be/4r7wHMg5Yjg

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  173. I think Ferris Mewler was probably fucking heartbroken that you took his toy away. He looks EXTREMELY happy in these photos.

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  174. Next time I bring up my desire to own goats & chickens and my husband calls me crazy, I’m going to show him this and say, “at least the animals I want are alive! Who’s crazy now!?” (why isn’t there an interrobang punctuation mark on computers? We have the internet that allows us to follow other people’s taxidermy tales and we can’t have an interrobang?)

    ANYWAYS – that, of course, makes it sound like I think YOU’RE crazy, which I don’t. (Well, maybe a little, but in a good way!)

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  175. I am dying of laughter over here…I just love your sense of humor…you keep me chuckling ……..

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  176. I guess if it can be imagined, someone will already have made it.

    I’ll bet you could turn around and sell that sucker to one of us hundreds of commenters for a pretty profit. Doesn’t Victor understand that?

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  177. And they sent it with a ‘with love’ tag? hahahaaaa Girl you are way too much awesomeness for one person!

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  178. Omg you are so hilarious! I’m stealing “holy shitsnacks” as my new catchphrase.

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  179. Bound together for eternity the only thing they regret is never having to courage to say “i love you” to each other.

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  180. Your posts always brighten my day!
    I love the idea of creating a miniature version of this for your haunted dollhouse….

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  181. omg. you make me cry from laughing so hard. I used to think my husband had the weirdest wife… now I know I have a twin out there somewhere who owns more cool crap than me….

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  182. Okay, I just left my husband out in the living room with my twins, one of whom just hit her head, and the other removed from the surge protector, because I told him “I had to read something.” And it was totally worth it. But I really have to get back in there now.

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  183. i am dying seriously of laughter.

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  184. Personally, I don’t usually swear in comments, but you are just. fucking. brilliant. Seriously. I would love to live inside your mind for just an hour to see where all of this brilliance comes from. You always make me laugh until I cry—that is a gift to all of your readers. Thank you.

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  185. I would totally love being married to you!

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  186. Oh my God. Another post and I’m laughing/peeing/crying. It’s so funny. Thank you for posting your stories. They’re amazing.

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  187. Excellent, Smithers.

    This can only be improved by installing very small, remote control motors in your savage lethal killer action figures, and screening this wonderful film in the background. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4yvdXO9N1D4

    If any of your friends or neighbors drive a Suzuki, they will especially love this, and laugh and laugh when you stage the death match under their car’s left front wheel.

    DIARY NOTE: If you still have these critters, stored next to the Blockbuster videotape no doubt, (please tell me it’s Snakes On A Plane!), they can become an integral part of your happy neighborhood Halloween decor.

    “Yes cute trick-or-treating children, the candy is over there in the box, under the packing peanuts. Just dig in and take all you want.”

    Be sure to buy lots of wine and to charge the video camera’s batteries.

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  188. I can’t believe you bought that! You should totally regift that to a friend’s baby shower. Tell them it’s good luck. I bet she’d put it right next to the crib.

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  189. Rikki-tikki-tavi (sp??) was much much cuter in my imagination. Thanks for ruining a beloved childhood memory of a horrific death match, *friend*.

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  190. Oh, to spend just a few minutes inside Jenny’s head.

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  191. I read this while giving my kids a bath and I couldn’t stop giggling. My 4 year old daughter asked to see what was so funny, but I couldn’t show her. It would probably have given her nightmares.

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    Holy cow. I was already laughing way too loud at your post, then the picture of Ferris Mewler just sent me over the edge. Phew.

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  193. How have I never read this blog before? This is like candy, and I am now officially addicted. A friend of mine forwarded me this posting and I about fell out of my chair and pissed my panties. I’ve read funny before, but you so bring the clever.

    Your newest (and most likely obsessed) follower,
    AmericanBridget
    http://www.americanbridget.com

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  194. I have nothing witty.
    I just love everything about this post.

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  195. If I were you I’d sell tickets to your white elephant gift exchange at christmas this year. if you were freaked out think about the person who didn’t order it!

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  196. Hilarious, just hilarious. You brighten my day🙂

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  197. How does your husband let you buy that and my husband doesn’t think I need anymore shoes? I guess shoes aren’t as practical.

    Jenna
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  198. maybe you should hang it up by the “Missing Cobra” sign in your neighborhood…

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  199. Best anniversary card ever!

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    I love you. That is all.

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  201. DAMNIT. This post is where I meant to post my comment that nobody reads anyway…

    Holy shit. Can I come live with you?

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  202. I have never laughed so hard in my life. Which is not a good thing right now. Considering im on medication to try and become a baby maker and i have to drink water so im surprised i didnt piss on the couch and me. I cant stop laughing. And the card oh im so bookmarking this. I think ill be ordering that card. For when my husband things my scentsy habbit has gotten too much ( i sell the shit but im my own best customer)

    thank you for making my entire day. hot flashes and all.

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  203. AAAAAAAAAAAAAA*cough*AAAAAAAAAAHAHA*cough*HAHAHAHAHAHA*snort*HAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!!!!

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  204. Yep, I think that’s one of those things that looks better in the store, like this sweater I’m wearing right now. Love the cards you’ve made with it, though. Talk about making lemonade out of cobras and mongeese. (?)

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    I think I love you.

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  206. Omg, I’m crying. The hilarity. Also, “This is just like gum” is my new justification for anything I buy. Awesome.

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  207. The Amazing Thing is that they had a rental policy, as if it was a question they get every day. Did you ask if had already BEEN rented? Was there any damage? Was there a mileage limit? Do they have any other death-scene taxidermy for rent? Is the cost higher for holidays? I have some Xmas ideas in mind…

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  208. It seemed so much bigger in the first picture…

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  209. I love it all and I need that card.

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  210. this made me want dessert – i’m thinking something cakey not chewy – cause honey badgers are for chewy and when it turned out to be a mongoose cakey was the obvious best choice

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  211. Jenny-Bloggess:
    Will you be my heterosexual life-partner? Seriously, you make me LMFAO all the time. ❤ 😉

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  212. I think it would make a fantastic wedding gift….

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  213. That totally belongs in my “This is why we can’t have nice things” themed bathroom.

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  214. You had me at……..dead honey badger🙂

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  215. You had me at “shitsnacks”.

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  216. 1) I am so glad I didn’t get to see this at work. They would’ve carted me off.
    2) What worries me most about the dialogue is that I would’ve been Victor and my late hatband would’ve been you.
    3) You need to name them. You have Beyonce and Copernicus. Might I suggest Rudyard for the mongoose and Kipling for the cobra?

    Respectfully submitted…

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  217. People who rent mongeese and cobras are almost assuredly selling hard drugs.

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  218. I love that whenever my husband thinks I’m being outrageously odd, I can always come to your blog and say “No, I could always be buying a mongoose/cobra statue that the cats would love” and suddenly he’s a little more appreciative of me.

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  219. Oh Jenny, I do not think I can even put into words how much I love this post and you! I’ve had a migraine that started yesterday morning and won’t let go and I sooooo needed to see a new post from you!! They say laughter is the best medicine. We’ll see if it works better than Vicodin. 🙂

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  220. I laughed so hard I cried. Then I had an asthma attack. Awesome.

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  221. Long time reader, first time commenter! You are my IDOL, and I wish I could buy this for you: http://www.ebay.com/itm/Squirrel-Riding-Mojave-Rattlesnake-Mount-Taxidermy-/250907036390?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item3a6b398ae6

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  222. I haven’t always agreed with what you write but now I will — because you have a mongoose and a cobra. There’s no arguing with that.

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  223. I have never in my life seen anything so hideous and amazing at the same time. Although I have to admit, I’m glad it’s in your garage, and not mine.

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  224. Oh my gosh…is there really a tag on it that says, “With Love”? hahahahahahahahahaha

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  225. Ok,this reminds me of my former pastor who would stop the car and make his kids get out when
    they saw road kill…they would all poke it with a stick…everytime I went to church I would
    think of him poking road kill with a stick…I will probably think of cobra/whatever the shit that is everytime I see your tweets or Facebook posts…I just can not unsee that shit.

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  226. No words!!! I love it…

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  227. HILARIOUS! Loved this! I had to read it to my husband (who after the Beyonce post became wary of me because he realized that I would totally do the same thing to him without hesitation).

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  228. I’m just disappointed it wasn’t larger. The original photo made it look WAY bigger!

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  229. You are so dang funny! Thank you for always making me laugh out loud.🙂

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  230. You are absolutely the only person I’ve ever known that could possibly make this seem like a good use of money.

    Of course if your collection of eclectic animals ever come back to life one night you’re totally fucked, but since the chances of that are slim, I say “congratulations”.

    You shoulda sent out a card like when people adopt a baby.

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  231. The only thing, I can see, that is wrong in the post is that you “GASP” were willing to barter Copernicus off like some old rag. Really, Jenny. You’ve gone too far this time!

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  232. Is it mongeese or mongooses. I’ll just stick with the honey badger. Also? When you first posted the photo, I thought it was as large as a coffee table…with F.Mewler for reference, it appears much smaller. However, if Ferris Mewler is a MINIATURE cat, I’m screwed.

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  233. I just want to say thank you!!! Every time I read your posts I end up in tears usually curled up on the floor gasping for breath with my husband standing over me shaking his head.

    It’s the best part of my day!

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  234. Holy. Fucking. Shit.

    Thank you. I needed that, I pretty sure you just prevented someone from sustaining grievous bodily harm from me. I think it was Hannibal Lecter who said it best – “the world is far more interesting with you in it.”

    I’m calling shenanigans on the Nobel committee.

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  235. I’m in love with you. In a totally cool mongoose/cobra way.

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  236. Oh.
    See, I thought the “GET MY LAWYER” status on twiiter was in response to the BLATANT FALSE ADVERTISING of the item for sale.
    CLEARLY these two animals were taller than the blue bookshelf that is pictured behind them. This was a battle scene of prehistoric proportions.
    I was SURE your gasp was due to the miniaturization that occurred post-purchase.
    Oh well, guess not.

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  237. You are going to need a bigger house, maybe a museum.

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  238. ‘enthusiastic python’ – never thought those two words would meet!

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  239. 1) to Feryxlim, comment 179—Have you forgotten that Love means never having to say you’re sorry?
    2) I seriously want a t-shirt with a picture of Copernicus hugging the mongoose, with “holyshitsnacks” written under their picture!
    3) Jenny, I’m surpried and a little dismayed at your willingness to part with Copernicus. But if you’re really ready to set him free, I’m thinking you should use him to make some big bucks for Christmas again. Do you remember the guy who started with a red paperclip and “traded up” until he had a house from it? Here’s a link to that story:
    http://oneredpaperclip.blogspot.com/
    The idea is only half baked on my part at this point, but Copernicus could be your ‘red paperclip’ and with your loyal following, you could probably shoot for pretty much anything as the end goal involved. Think about it….I’m sure you’re better at baking half baked ideas into whole ones! ((((Hugs))))

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  240. WOMAN! Those animals are hilarious and terrifying at the same time!
    I’m moving in.
    i’ll be like a sister wife but not actually a sister wife.
    I’ll clean though, so there’s that.

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  241. I can’t even begin to tell you how amazing I found this. I want an entire comic book about these two. They are crying out for back story and characterization. I feel like the mongoose was probably put in charge of his father’s small sandwich shop but due to the circumstances of the economy he had to close it down when the cobra opened a Subway franchise down the street.

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  242. OH, I chuckled…

    Sometimes I wonder if you just pretend that you actually buy these things… the pictures prove that you’re actually nuts.🙂

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  243. I’m laughing uncontrollably, but I’m a little disappointed because in the original picture I thought it was like 20 feet high and I thought you could ride it. I was picturing it dominating a two-story foyer and of course delighting trick or treaters.

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  244. send it to Jose

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  245. I laughed until I nearly cried and had to be quiet because my friend is on the phone with her mom…. I’m so buying several of those cards (comparison) so that when I spend like another $200 on fabric my husband doesn’t choke me for it. It really makes him mad when I spend that much to only make a garment or two. Also, you’re the best.❤

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  246. The packing peanuts make them look ten times more awesome. They look like hideous, decapitated creatures.

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  247. I’m pretty sure this is my favorite post you’ve ever written.

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    melanieylang

    My day no longer sucks. Thanks Jenny!
    (PS My uncle had one of these when I was a kid. He always said to never touch the snakes fangs in case there was crystallized venom. You might want to let Ferris Mewler know.)

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  249. Uh oh! Did someone give you keys to their car and let you run loose in Cuero?!?! That’s seriously the only town I can imagine that would have such a lovely rendition of the chupacabra vs python. That’s the only town I would totally avoid if I were you. Seriously, the antiques are great there but the popo’s, well, they’re a fable all by themselves!

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  250. I am printing this post, putting it on the fridge and going on a obscure vinyl record buying spree which may or may not exceed $298US … when The Man complains I’m going to “mongoose/cobra” and all will be forgiven. (Until I start playing the records.)

    Also, use the same excuse when I go Doc Martteen shopping. (Mid-life crisis. He’s lucky I don’t buy a 20 year old … unfortunately, I still remember sleeping with said 20 year olds.)

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  251. True story: when I was 10, I went to Thailand with my parents and these stuffed mongoose/cobra battle-scenes were *everywhere* in all the best tourist shops and I was *fascinated* with them, and even at 10 I was sure I would never see anything more amazing in my entire life and I wanted one more than anything ever (before or since), but didn’t dare ask because I was pretty sure my parents would just leave me in Thailand (they were cool enough to take me to Thailand, but have limits).

    That they’ve found the most appropriate home in the entire world makes me so happy! Thank you.

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  252. OMG your fantastic. I was rolling on the floor.

    Thank you

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  253. The “Honey look what I didn’t buy” card needs a mate or two A Beyonce or possibly a stack of towels. We have a fruit stand near us that sell the 5 ft tall metal chickens and I keep threatening to buy one.

    But we just celebrated 10 years so I have to wait a little while longer. Which make me wonder if they have a lay away plan? I guess I could just get it now and store it at my parents. They have been married 56 years now so they should have a metal Flamingo, right? Oh they sell those too. Want one?

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  254. This post made me furiously happy! I was having a bummer of a day and now I feel so much better.

    As always, your blog has given my day meaning. Thank you.

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  255. I know where you purchasedthat beauty. They have a squirel band but want 1300 buks for it! Ouch!

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  256. You know, I’m deathly afraid of snakes, but now I’m all like, That’ Cobra’s Awesome!!!!!!!

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  257. If you love the mongoose/cobra death match from Dolly Python, you HAVE to visit DeRidder Antiques in Forney. They have some of the strangest/creepiest things I’ve ever seen. I’m not affiliated with them in any way, just sort of fascinated. Can’t go there too often or I have nightmares. Here’s an example … http://www.deridderantiques.com/holiday02.html

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  258. Is it completely effed up that I covet your and victor’s relationship? My and my husband’s relationship is just so normal. No metal chickens, mounted warthog heads or conversations about our navigation system. (which is still to this day my all time favorite post of yours or anyone’s.

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  259. I love you to infinity. Plus five, or however many taxidermied creatures you own/have owned. I say way to have a hobby.

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  260. )

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  261. You are so messed up… in a fantastic way.

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  262. I hate snakes but I love freaking my husband out! Googling something just like it now!

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    You rock. No seriously, I think we must be related.

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  264. This is so great. In fact, it would be great even without the reminder of when you bought the giant metal rooster, but the cobra-rat tableau vivant after the metal rooser is totally awesome!

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  265. As I was reading this, I had to keep scrolling back up to that first photo because my mind refused to hold onto the image for longer than 14 or 15 seconds and I had to keep double checking to make sure that I had, in fact, seen the statue correctly.

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  266. That reminds me… a friend of mine posted a picture of something you totally totally need. It’s some sort of dead cat thing in a wedding veil. I think. http://instagr.am/p/PqTYI/

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  267. i think i just pissed myself laughing.

    yep.

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  268. eeesh! you think YOUR cat is inappropriate, check out the cat in the middle of this page: http://www.lamebook.com/page/2/

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  269. I was going to comment, but then I had to go change my clothes cuz I wet myself I was laughing so hard! You are my hero!

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  270. I’ve heard of rent-a-friend in Japan but this rent-a-dead-animal could take off too.

    Soon after poochy the poodle gets run over by the lawnmower…
    Maam, can I rent your shredded poodle? I promise to return him in the same state.

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  271. The I-just-bought-shoes/Beyonce/towels card is like the best self-fulfilling prophecy EVAH. I will most definitely buy this card. Then, because I forget mail exists, my fiance will undoubtedly be the one to pick it up and open it. And then he’ll be all, “WTF why did you spend money on this?” and I’ll be all, “So I could give it to you RIGHT NOW to show you that I did NOT spend money on a taxidermied honey badger/cobra death match combo. Aren’t I the best ever? Appreciate me, dammit.” I won’t even have to wait until I buy something bad … It’s perfect!

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  272. OH that is awesome! LOL Thanks for the laugh. I need more humor in my day.😀 Wheels are turning on ways to freak my kids out like that..hehehehe

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  273. The romance card is beautiful. But, since I work in the legal field…the cat harassment photo would probably come in handy more often in my daily life.

    I’m really glad this…um…art is keeping all the other cobras and mongeese out of your garage. That alone is worth the purchase price.

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  274. Ok…that almost wins over the rooster…ok maybe not, but wayyyy funny🙂

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  275. I am DYING over here.

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  276. I woke my wife up laughing too hard in the bed over a dead cobra… yeah, “dead cobra” “the bed” and “woke my wife” IS what I said, can we just ignore the “laughing”?

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  277. I am laughing too hard to really think of an appropriate response at this time!

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  278. I feel totally validated that my impulse shopping is not as bad as this. I feel like I have won! Thanks for this self-esteem boost😀

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  279. Holy crap, that thing is horrible. I hate snakes, but overcame my phobia to read the entire post.
    All I can say is.. you have a true gem in Victor. He understands the Best Kind of Fucked Up.

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  280. My hubby is deathly afraid of snakes, won’t even look at them on TV…I so want a mongoose eating cobra.

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  281. I actually know what it’s like to come upon a stuffed, hooded cobra unawares.

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  282. this made me cackle/snort/giggle so hard that i peed my pants… again.

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  283. For the record, I thought the cobra/mongoose was like, person sized, and thought you were buying something to go along with the giant chicken. It’s terrifying, and thank you for making my entire week with this post.🙂

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  284. A Scene from Dinner with my Parents.

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  285. The best part about this is that I am absolutely completed TERRIFIED of snakes, and yet I couldn’t NOT read it. Hilarious, as always.

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  286. That’s really nice ceramic floor tile you have. Did you get it at – HOLY SHIT, IS THAT A MONGOOSE AND A COBRA LOCKED IN MORTAL COMBAT? I totally did not see that at first. Wow.

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  287. I just had a though….you and Victor are todays version of Lucille Ball and Desi Arnas only much more off the wall and scarier. You really need to start talking to a producer.

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  288. Dear God,
    Thank you for putting Jenny on this earth to share her life and stories with us. After an evening of dealing with a 16 year old boy on his man period who’s pissed because he’s not allowed to hang out in his room with his girlfriend anymore because we know they’ve started doing the deed. I. Needed. This.

    Hearts,
    Anna
    P.S…. I’m going to start purchasing random objects that annoy everyone in my house but me… don’t judge.

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  289. Your post cured my hiccups. Thanks!

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    I really love that someone could give the cobra and mongoose a home, thank you.

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  291. I have an actual snake phobia which means even looking at pictures of snakes practically gives me a panic attack and I still managed to read through this whole post but now I’m convinced THERE IS A SNAKE UNDER MY DESK. Thanks a lot, Jenny. Also I just had to type the word ‘snake’ like four times and even THAT is enough to give me the heebie jeebies.

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    The thing that upsets me the most is how many of your readers have seen one just like it. This should not have been made once, much less multiple times.

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  293. Your cobra has Jay Leno chin!

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  294. I totally think you should improve the mongoose with that Martha Stewart glitter they sell at Micheal’s. In day of the dead designs. Maybe Martha would love it so much, she would have you on her show! Or, maybe she’d call the cops because you sent her a threatening card with dead stuff on it, but I try to keep a positive attitude.

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  295. “Look Away Jeff”

    I had to take off the glasses and rub my eyes they were so blurry from laughing so hard I cried.

    God Bless St Victor.

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  296. Holy fucking shit… jesus christ tapdancing on a unicorn. This is epic.

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  297. I think your cobra honey-badger death match decor would make a fine centerpiece on your table for Thanksgiving this year. Or any day, really. The honey-badger could even be used for a candle holder in a pinch. Thanks for the laugh!

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  298. Those are some f-reaky animals. Yipes.

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    OMG!!OMG!!OMG!!!!! I about wet myself reading this! Clearly we were meant to be BFFs, but we just haven’t met. You are freakin’ awesome!

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  300. Very funny. I like the zazzle cards A LOT! But, then you are probably more romantical than most people.

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  301. My cat would totally do the exact same thing. He has to rub his face all over EVERYTHING, and even gets amorous with my frickin’ Waterpik irrigator tip (WTF, cat???). As a matter of fact, he and Ferris even almost look alike, except for the extra toe -thingy. However, my cat won’t ever get a chance to get amorous with a taxidermied cobra and mongoose/honeybadger, cuz I’m not really into dead animals. However, I’m glad that you are – I laughed so hard at this post I cried!

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  302. Your cards are amazing! Can you make some Copernicus Christmas Cards? That would be kick ass!

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  303. You could totally make a birthday card out of this.

    Cobra: She is too older than dirt!

    Mongoose: Bitch PLEASE! I will rip your throat out if you talk about my old ass friend like that again! Don’t worry (Insert name of friend here) I got your back!

    And scene.
    (I hope I used the right “too” in there because spelling and grammar are going to really be a stand out feature on this particular card.

    Lori

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  304. Okay, I totally don’t get Victor. He draws the line at hand towels, but he only *slightly* mocks the rent vs. buy honey badger/cobra death match argument?
    You, Jenny, are hilarious. Victor, seriously, is almost cooler than @wilw. Almost. Well, no, maybe more. Not sure, but the point is, I’m a bit frightened that of the two of you, I can say that you are consistent and Victor, not so much.

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  305. You, lady, are my new favorite thing on the internet. Favorite. Thing.

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  306. If I carry on reading your blog I’m going to need oxygen on standby because I can’t breathe for laughing… but what a way to go!

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  307. Victor deserves a medal. You, lady, should continue unsupervised, because you are the right kind of crazy. Um, Ferris is fixed, right?

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  308. I love how at the beginning Victor is like “Who is this”?

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  309. I love that Victor’s response is, “Who is this?”

    If you two had been around in the 1950s, they would not have needed to invent television.

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  310. This makes me miss my husband (who died in July 2010) so much, because he would TOTALLY get this – and further, he’d point out that mongeese are related to meerkats, and pull out his PDA to show you some pictures he took of baby meerkats, and then suggest that we could set up a mini-version of this with a baby meerkat battling an earthworm, and possibly find someone online who could do a perfect Lego version of it too. That’s what he would do if he could read this post, and I miss him so much, because there is no one else out there as crazy as he was.

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  311. OMG — you made me laugh & cry again! What if your cobra/mongoose death match made house calls like Beyonce? Finding that on my front porch would really give me perspective.

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  312. For someone who claims to be afraid of zombies, you collect a lot of scary weird-ass dead critters that are now in close proximity to your vital organs when that time (aka apocalypse) comes. Just sayin’ Chances of survival likely higher the less potentially “undead” creatures with whom surround yourself.

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  313. If you and Victor had reality show, I would totally watch it. Maybe even live.

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  314. Funniest post ever *and* you quote Pam from Archer: “holy shitsnacks”…love that show! And Nutter Butters…they really are delicious…

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  315. I just stumbled on your blog and I have never laughed so hard! You are crazy and I love you! I am a fan forever!

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  316. It just gets funnier and funnier! I can’t stop reading.

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  317. This post is hysterical but I want that ginormous monkey made of flip flops that Dingo posted a link to!

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  318. Today’s was especially hilarious. Probably it’s because I like complicated story lines. Or because you are a comedic genius. Yeah. Yeah, we’ll go with that second one😉

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    Ladybug Red

    SCORE!
    Now, instead of being stuck reading about Amish-on-Amish crime, we’ve got Mongoose-on-Cobra crime (with Ferris Mewler refereeing). That, my friends, is called genius, and it’s spelled B-L-O-G-G-E-S-S!

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  320. Oh. My. God. I used to HAVE one of those. My Pakistani neighbor gave it to me. My first husband hated it and made me throw it out. I had no idea how much it was worth. HE THREW OUT THREE HUNDRED DOLLARS WORTH OF STUFFED COBRA/MONGOOSE WIN.

    There are many reasons why I replaced him with New! Improved! husband. This is now one of them.

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  321. Jenny, please keep writing! thank you for the absolute laughter and awesomeness you bring to my day. ❤

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    K.Dee (Maggie's Mom)

    *sigh* Rikki-Tikki-Tavi —- What can I say Victor, you plucked a memory chord. I wish we could all be so RANDOM!! Then again, I don’t. If we were all so random, this would not be as stellar as it is :o)

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  323. Oh my god, I totally just cried laughing so hard. Thank you!
    ~Kerrie

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  324. Ferris Mewler is like the Pepe Le Pew of dead things. I cannot take all the credit for remembering Pepe Le Pew and his amorous ways, I was recently reminded by another blog reader, who knows how to work an accent agiu.

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  325. That is horrifically awesome! I like the postcard that says, “Get my lawyer!” I was laughing and snorting out loud. Again. At midnight, when everyone else WAS asleep. I guess my laughter was rather loud. It’s ALL YOUR FAULT, Jenny! Don’t worry, I love you anyways. HUGS!

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  326. I need to find something to buy that will drive my husband that nuts. I haven’t managed that yet, and I think it really needs doing.

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  327. I can understand this. When my youngest brother got married, my mother and I found a truly disgusting, poorly-taxidermied iguana in a shop in Ensenada and bought it for him as a wedding gift. And shipped it to Australia, where the wedding was being held. I’m told that he loved it, but his fiancee, not so much. And, oddly enough (or maybe not) somewhere I have a snapshot of my cat Major Barbara having much the same kind of encounter with the iguana as Ferris Mewler had with your mongoose. This all happened about fifteen years ago, so you can tell Victor that there is a precedent for this kind of thing. Sort of.

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  328. OK, I’m reduced to making squeaky/wheezy noises at my desk from trying to keep from laughing too loudly at work. Thank you for this. And I’m afraid I would have been right there with Victor going “Wtf?” in trying to keep up with your conversation.🙂 (Although in fairness, the mongoose really does need a sweater…)

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  329. I love this part, it’s a classic:

    “Wow. You know when you’re opening a package and there’s a cobra in it and you’re all “WHO IN THE FUCK SENT ME A COBR-Oh, wait. This is probably the cobra I ordered”?”

    happens to me all the time. also, is your brain for rent? I promise to return it (unlike your block buster movies), I just find it very amusing. and I have no cats. that has to get me a discount

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  330. Oh Jenny…I do truly love you!!

    “me: Wow. You know when you’re opening a package and there’s a cobra in it and you’re all “WHO IN THE FUCK SENT ME A COBR-Oh, wait. This is probably the cobra I ordered”?”

    –I totally pissed myself right there….

    The cards are absolute genius!!! I am putting a couple of the “at least I didn’t buy this” cards in my cart right.now. I did a little retail therapy today and they might just do the trick🙂

    You’re the best!
    Sherry

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  331. This is absolutely hilarious. Apparently you and I are exact opposites, because I found the thing creepy until Ferris Mewler got involved, at which point it became adorable (except for the blood apparently dripping from the mongoose’s mouth, but with a sufficiently cute cat in the picture, I can kind of ignore that).

    We definitely agree on one thing, though: renting this would have been a terrible investment.

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  332. Your experience is, as yet, incomplete! You need some guy mansplaining in the comments as to why you’re a terrible wife, and then some well-meaning ninny to explain to you why you need to donate an additional $300 to charity to balance out your karma. This is the internet, after all.

    You also need a teeny-tiny, itty-bitty version of this for your Haunted Doll House! That would be so cool!

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  333. Best cards ever!! I’m getting the one for when you’ve spent too much money on shoes or power tools – but am using it to potentially win an argument that’s been going on for three years about whether I do or do not need a chainsaw – I say the important part of getting a chainsaw is the fact that you never know when you’re going to need it, therefore buying early is important – my fiance’ says I am an insurance claim waiting to happen…thanks to cobra/honey badger death match though, I may win this one!! Do they make cordless chainsaws?

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  334. Oh my god! My mum has one almost identical to this!!! I thought she was the only one in the world!! She totally thinks it’s awesome and is really proud of it. She displays it right near the front door on a table. Not sure how it got to Australia as we don’t have cobras or mongoose….
    Personally I’m not a fan, but I respect your right to own stuffed animals in a death match.
    Victor needs to loosen up a bit. I mean, he’s awesome for enduring through giant metal chickens and such, but he needs to get in the spirit of things. Yeah, the ‘I just bought a cobra and mongoose in a death match’ spirit.

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  335. Dave Ramsey sighting FTW!

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  336. Garage? I was hoping for centre piece on dining table. Sigh.

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  337. The person who came up with the idea of sending this beautiful piece around …is totally a genius. We should do it. Start by sending it with money for the next person to ship it, then they ship it with the money in there for the next person and photos get posted on a Flickr page with each stop. We’d need a list of people who get it next so it stays on track but… come on. Don’t let something so…so…beautiful… sit all abandoned in your garage! That thing deserves to see the WORLD!

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  338. You should make the second card with another inside saying:
    Guess what I didn’t buy today!
    TOWELS!!
    I love reading your blog! I never know what I’m going to find and that is PHENOMENAL!! If you didn’t live so far away I would stalk you!! Not really, cause in TX there are most likely snakes in the bushes that I’d be hiding in… and I don’t have a rabid mongoose/honeybadger to fight them off!!!

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  339. It’s smaller than I thought it would be. But no less awesome.

    That’s what she sai…sorry.

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  340. I’m inspired to purchase something as flagrantly fucked up as this for my husband four our anniversary. Year two is taxidermy, right? Also, I think they need names.

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  341. I remember when you first tweeted about this, the funny thing is when I first saw the cobra and mongoose I totally recognized it!! well, not the mange bit. My in-laws have the same thing (but the mongoose has hair) in their house. I wonder if the are long lost twins. I will have to take a photo the next time I am over at the in-laws. It could be the long lost Japanese relatives of the mongoose and cobra, separated at birth/death and halfway around the world. Do ask them if they know of any missing relatives next time you are out in your garage.

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  342. Thanks for making me laugh out loud again – you are fantastically and hysterically amusing!!

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  343. My boyfriend and I love your blog. He read this and laughed so hard he started to cry and stopped making noise. He had the same reaction to the story about Beyonce. I find this to be a very good sign, because if we get married, we’ll probably have a lot of conversations similar to the ones you have with victor. I forsee a giant metal chicken in our future. Or a monkey like Copernicus.

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  344. That is hilarious! I love the pics with the cat!

    Are you sure you didn’t cover that thing with tuna?

    Just wondering.

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  345. You’ve totally made sense out of my wanting to order a simple disco ball with colored lighting for my living room. My husband should definitely think me sane after I show him what Victor has to put up with. LOVE LOVE LOVE your stuff.

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  346. You are a looney

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  347. I don’t think that I have ever laughed so hard….. well at least not since beyonce🙂

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  348. I think I broke something reading this post… HA HA HA.
    I would love to be inside your brain. That is all.

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  349. reminds me of komodo vs. cobra. pint-sized version.

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  350. I think you should put these two, Beyonce with her flying pig friend and Copernius on display in the garage or the back yard and then charge admission. Then you could buy more disturbing friends for the menageire and claim the purchases as business expenses. Could it get any better?

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  351. My side hurts from hysterically laughing.

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  352. BWAAAAAHAAAHAAA!!!! This may be the hardest I’ve ever laughed by myself in a room! I❤ you so much oh divine Bloggess!

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  353. Hey Jenny,

    I should start by saying that i am a real fan of your blog. Today’s post is hilar – OMG i laughed so hard when i read it that i spat some of my lunch on my keyboard. My lunch today was leftover curry that smelled dubious – i’m hoping that this smell will linger in my office long enough to dissuade my boss from coming to chat to me/give me more work.

    Stinky lunches aside, i found the best taxidermied piglet on that website and just conned my poor long- suffering boyfriend into buying it for me for my birthday. I’m going to call him Boris. I conned my partner into purchasing Boris on the understanding that i won’t put him in any common area of our home – little does he know that i think that Boris will be a nice addition to my office (as he will probably enjoy the smell of curry and scare my boss enough that he will never come into my office again).

    Anyway – the curry smell and the piglet and the consequently happy work space that i now have (and will have once i receive boris the piglet) are all thanks to you🙂

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  354. If I had access to such awesomeness depicted in the titanic struggle between mange and scale, and that awesomeness was for sale there would have been a surreptitious, furtive reach toward my wallet, then a determined flourish of credit card…

    My wife hates me at times… like the time I wen’t looking for a new laptop-mouse and returned with a lump of no fire clay and a set of clay sculpting tools.

    The clay is still in the fridge – we don’t talk about it anymore…

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  355. I woke up, went to work in a very bad mood this morning. This has now made everything so much better!

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  356. Okay, so when I read this post I died of laughter. I almost couldn’t read it. Me and my husband are a lot like you and Victor, except that I live in a one bedroom apartment and therefore don’t have the room for taxidermied animals. So I immediately had to go find you some more.

    First, there is this museum that you just have to get Victor to go to!

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/picturegalleries/howaboutthat/8059876/Walter-Potters-Museum-of-Curiosities-bizarre-Victorian-collection-of-stuffed-animals-goes-on-show-again.html?image=4

    And second, you must visit this store. This line explains it all: And if you should ever find yourself in New York City, be sure to stop by and say hello to those fun folks who make Obscura Antiques and Oddities so very weird and wacky. Whether you’re shopping for a new skull to add to your collection, a stuffed cryptid, or you desperately need a vampire killing kit, Obscura has just that morbid little piece. A nightmare to some; a dream come true for others, but one thing is for certain… Obscura Antiques and Oddities “ain’t your grandma’s antique shop.”

    http://www.theexpressionist.com/2011/05/15/obscura-antiques-and-oddities-the-little-shop-of-horrors/

    But seriously, this taxidermy stuff is funny. This is my favorite:

    Taxidermied happy racoon

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  357. I’m pretty sure if I were to stay just one night in your house I would suffer from recurrent nightmares that will haunt me a lifetime. The sheer idea of opening a package and seeing those two faces popping out? Dude I would have had a priest round to exorcise the whole box immediately.

    Also, I kind of feel sorry for Ferris Mewler. He’s got a tough choice of love ahead of him, it’s the age old story

    Cat meets dead badger
    Cat violates dead badger
    Cat meets dead cobra
    Cat violates dead cobra too
    Cat must choose between which dead species to spend the rest of his misunderstood, pretty much illegal life with.

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  358. Hilarious!

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  359. I just spent way too much time on your zazzle site thingy. It’s a good thing I don’t have $300 lying around, or I’d be out about $12. Yep. Being broke sure did save my ass today…

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  360. Simply said, you are the best shopper EVER. Who else would find such a fantastic decorative item to bring home? 🙂

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  361. This blog almost got me sacked. I foolishly opened it in work [I just cant resist you, i try but i cant] and snorted coffee over my desc in front of my supervisor. Questions were asked, weapons were brandished, police were called…. can i come stay in your garage for a while until it all calms down a bit?

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  362. I found this really funny and love your writing but Victor is a saint. This is really funny from an outsider looking in but if I were the supervisor I would lose the few hairs I still have on my head.

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  363. OMG do you know how far down I had to scroll, hysterical and the only thing I can think of is my friend Kate who ordered 12″ salt and pepper penis’s and had to go and collect them from the Post Office because the packaging had broken…..

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  364. I want to go shopping with you. Just once.

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  365. I just wanted to say thank you for showing my husband that there are many worse things I could buy than my $20 rock attached to a spring. http://metalstonearts.com/files/stone_1.JPG

    I don’t own that exact rock, but I do own a similar rock.

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  366. Just when I thought that Copernicus and ”knock knock motherfucker” metal chicken were brilliant you bring out another winner… AND I live in South Africa so I’m totally loving this vibe! Classic.

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  367. So good I read it twice. F-ing brilliant. xoxoxo

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  368. You know how cats bring their people dead animals to show their love? I think Ferris Mewler believes you brought him the cobra/mongoose death scene to show your love. It would be a sin to hide that in the garage. Surely Ferris Mewler would like to have it around to curl up with at night.

    Also, just curious, did Victor know what he was getting into when he married you? Cause he seems infintely patient. My husband would have checked me into the funny farm by now if I brought home your amazing finds. As it is I, as it seems many others, hold you up as a comparison for him to see that really he has it good, cause my crazy barely lets me leave the house and hoard money so much that every trip to the grocery store causes a panic attack.

    Finally, I love you. Really. You make me feel so much better about my own crazy.

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  369. Holy potato I love you.

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  370. Dude, Ferris Mewler ROCKS! That is all.

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  371. I love you! The picture of your cat trying to make out with Rikki-Tikki-Tavi and the cobra just made my day and it’s only 8:22 am. Score!

    When are you publishing a book? Beacuse I would buy a book – and it wouldn’t just sit there and decorate my bookshelf…I would read the whole thing.

    AND I would love to buy your cards from your shop and give them out. I totally get why they’re funny, but people I know don’t understand my humor and they wouldn’t think your cards are funny (sorry – it’s unfortunate), they’d just think I’m weird for giving them a card with a cobra on it. I made my friend a birthday card and on the inside there were pop-up pictures of me in a cat costume when I was 6 and a picture of my husband when he had a mullet (which he had from the age of birth until 13 – I like to try and forget that part. Oh, and there were racing stripes, too). So anyway, my friend thought it was cute and understood that, IN CASE he suddenly stopped being able to read, he would know who the card was from because of the pictures. His wife though, she was all, “Why are there pictures? I don’t get it. Who IS that?” And then I realized that I could never give your cards out to my friends.

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  372. *the scene is a Victorian living room, replete with lacy curtains and ornate pink-velvet tufted setees*

    Wife: Honey, you know I think that Victrola in the corner needs…something…I’m not sure what…to complete the vignette.

    Husband: Perhaps a crystal vase with some fresh-cut red roses would please my love?

    Wife: (frowning) No, no, no…that will never do. I was thinking perhaps a cobra and mongoose in a struggle to the death.

    And so this lovely work of art was born and years later when the family was holding an estate sale to make enough money to buy that new RV they wanted Manny the Mongoose and Coraline the Cobra ended up in an antique shop. Who knew they’d eventually gain Internet fame when a crazed blogger would spot them and fall in love?

    This, this is why I never get rid of anything anymore. Ever…and they call it “hoarding”…pssshhh..

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  373. I love those two little evil animals so much it hurts, and you for buying them.

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  374. gotta say… it looked more substantial in the shop???

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  375. Ross Perot called. He wants his hood ornament back.

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  376. When I woke up this morning, I had no idea that I would be privy to a cobra-mongoose-cat threesome today. But isn’t that the beautiful thing about life? You just never know where it might lead.

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    Well, no it’s obvious that you NEED to display the statue in a very public place and when Victor says something like “Can’t you hide that thing somewhere?!” you can say, “Nobody puts Baby in the corner.” Then, Victor will be all, “What baby?” And you’d go “Surprise!??”

    This could be sheer epic-ness. Fur real.

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  378. LOL I was going to buy that but you beat me to it!

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  379. It’s Gef the talking mongoose! I JUST KNOW IT!!!!

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gef

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  380. Apparently screaming at your co-workers “YOU HAVE GOT TO READ THE LATEST” is frowned upon in this establishment…

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  381. Oh Gods… the noises I made reading this. I think my roommates thought I was having a fit or something.

    I’m not sure if I want to marry someone like Victor in future, or someone like you. Either way we’ll never be bored.

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  382. This is just too good and too bizarre. I can’t believe you actually bought the thing. Plus, in the first picture at the shop, the duo look about 8 feet tall. I thought it was a giant cobra fighting a dinosaur. I think my dogs would have ripped them up and the cat would run screaming.

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    Swear to the heavens, my in-laws have one of these. It sits on the mantle. NO F”ING LIE, YO!

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  384. I have a new appreciation for Victor. And? I love the cards! Maybe you will make up the money you wasted, I mean spent, on the death match in card sales. Then? Totally worth it.

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  385. Wow. And this unique piece of art has not one, BUT TWO creatures for you to name! Jeff and ???

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  386. As one of the newly converted devotees of your blog — although BEFORE the Jose Death Match — I must say, I friggin love you. I am also disconcerted by those members of my immediate circle who don’t get it. What’s THAT about??? Reading your blogs, and the brilliant comments, I have come to understand that A) I am putting my gainful employment at risk and B) ** I Have Found My People!! ** Where ARE y’all?? When’s the Reunion? We could wear matching “Please Stand By For a Demonstration of Relevancy” shirts!! Yes!! Yes!!

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  387. Cats are pervs. Especially ones with extra toes. They like to pull lingerie out of drawers and shit. (not that I’d know from experience.)

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  388. A friend posted this on Facebook and I had to reshare it. I haven’t laughed this hard in way too long! Ferris Mewler is the best! And now he has new friends to play with–how sweet!

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    Rumble Kitty

    The most disturbing thing about this is that so many people claim they, or someone they knew, used to have one of these. They were mass producing these things somewhere??

    I was thinking the same thing as comment #333. When will the scoldy comments start? The “mansplainers” always show up when her posts wind up on fark.com. I’m not sure about the charity lecturers. They are probably mommy bloggers who can’t afford to buy anything frivolous so they have to chastise people who do.

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  390. JENNY.

    It is a perfectly reasonable and logical thing to now begin scripting your annual holiday musicale, featuring every one of your creatures. I propose Ferris Mewler Learns The Meaning Of Christmas.

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  391. Your exchanges with Victor make me laugh until I cry.
    Probably because there are similar conversations in my house on a regular basis…and now I know we’re not crazy. Cause…it’s not crazy if we’re not the only ones….right?

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  392. I also thought the snake-mongoose thing was a lot bigger based on the first picture. Really, at first I thought the flared hood on the cobra was a regular snake’s open mouth facing sideways with a possum sticking out of it. A giant python-chupacabra-possum statue would TOTALLY be worth $300. But for this I think you got ripped off😦

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  393. I am going to get fired because of this post. Can.not.stop.laughing. Jenny, you are true genius. Love, love, love, love you.

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  394. is it just me or did they wash that awesome cobra/mongoose death match of doom on hot & put it in the dryer before they sent it too you… appears much larger in the 1st picture… you weren’t sent a REPLICA were you?

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  395. have you seen Lair of the White Worm? http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0095488/ You must. In relation to this “statue”. It leads to the catchphrase: “Is that a mongoose in your sporran or are you just happy to see me?”

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  396. TOTALLY worth the wait. It’s amazing that someone had this made. Wouldn’t you love to know the story of its origin?
    I think this would be awesome outside the house to frighten would-be trick-or-treaters.🙂

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  397. Dear Bloggess:
    I’m inspired. I rarely send out Christmas cards but this year I’d like a variety pack of Capernicus, Beyonce and Cobra/mongoose. Please oblige!
    Shelly

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  398. Everyone knows that if it was the REAL Rikki Tikki Tavi…the cobra wouldn’t stand a chance. Also…be sure Ferris Mewler’s shots are up to date. lol I have a creepy suspicion he will not be practicing safe intercourse.

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  399. Jenny – Thankyou! Thankyou for being you and sharing it with us. I often read out your blogs to my husband whilst he looks at me slightly baffled. I then have to scream – HOW DO YOU NOT GET THIS?! Sometimes he does. It’s soooo good to know that others out there think like me xxxx

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  400. I love that Ferris thinks they are his allies. That should make you more scared than the sculpture itself.

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  401. Once again, this is hilarious! I love that you forgot that you had ordered the sculpture thing and it freaked you out – though understandably so…it looks creepy. At least the cat is enjoying it…maybe a little too much?!
    Much love,
    B

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  402. And just think – some rich guy (with an obvious love of animals) PAID to have that made!

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  403. Dear Victor –

    I believe that based on the nature of your lovely wife’s business, this is most likely a tax write off. That makes it a completely sound investment. cha-ching.

    I would totally hang that on the wall in my kitchen. I’m just saying.

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  404. So, I think you need to print and frame the photo of Ferris Mewler. That shit is fucking classic.

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  405. I am so glad I don’t give a shit about your stupid warnings. I’ve been laughing for daaaaaaaaaays.

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  406. You’ve managed to render me speechless. That never happens. My husband wants to send you a payment, as a token of his appreciation. Address?

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  407. Victor is lucky to have you… he just obviously does not realize this yet… or maybe the conversations sound better without his realization. A co-worker actually had to ask me if I was okay (from the other side of the office “Wall” while I was reading this, xoxo

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  408. Thank you for being you. Now I can show my husband these blogs and go ” See I could be buying Whole dead things, not just their antlers and covering them in twinkle lights.Count your blessings.”

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  409. First a big chicken, now a cobra/mongoose carving. Can you let me know when your next yard sale is? PLEASE!

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  410. You.are.awesome!

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    Words cannot describe how fucking hilarious that is. And how fucking frightening that is. Awesome. =)

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  412. Oh my God…this is seriously the best thing EVER.

    I also wanted to let you know that because of you I now have an-what *some* people might call-unhealthy addiction to taxidermied animals…I just say that those people don’t understand the creative genius that’s behind it..That’s art, motherfuckers.

    Also when I was googling how to spell “taxidermied” because Firefox was telling me I spelled it wrong, I came across this: http://www.craigslist.org/about/best/rcs/1127138244.html <–Taxidermied hampsters for sale…this is a direct quote: "Just buy a cage, pose them in it and tell the kids to enjoy. If the kids ask why they aren't moving just explain to them that happy hamsters keep still."

    Seriously. Awesome.

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  413. I think I’m becoming obsessed. I want this snake/mongoose creation. I must find my own.

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  414. There is something wrong with you. And I like it.

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  415. My god, this is the most awesome non-sensical post I’ve ever read. And yet, it made so much sense.

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  416. So, when I saw the first picture I did not look at the surroundings and thought this was like a 6 foot tall cobra. My second thought was this would be awesome lawn art…riki tiki and the cobra going at it while Beoynce watches…epic.

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  417. Where is the freaking +1 button? I’ve never wanted to +1 something so much in my life.

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  418. OMG. I lived in San Antonio for a couple years and never found a Beyonce, Copernicus or honey badger/cobra battle. The closest I ever came to were all the dead armadillos that I wanted to pick up along the road and have taxedermied (it’s a new word).

    You, The Bloggess, rule my mornings. Waking up to your post is like waking up to a bowl full of sunshine.

    They should totally be used for your next knock, knock mother fucker door display!

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  419. I completely understand the scaring yourself thing. I did it, in the middle of Target on a busy Saturday afternoon, TO MYSELF. I pushed the “test me” button on a striking snake, flinched and screamed when it did exactly what I already knew it was going to do. I then laughed so hard at my own stupidity I almost peed my pants. Dumbass indeed.

    P.S. Just when I think Ferris Mewler can’t get any cuter, he does.

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  420. It is unclear to me why ANYONE in the entire world is would not choose to follow you. That is all.

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  421. B.Y.O.C.A.M.? Buy your own cobra and mongoose? No, they need names.

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  422. This is my dance space… this is your dance space. Spaghetti Arms!

    Please add me to waiting list for Cobra-Honey Badger-Death-Match rental services.

    KTHXBAI

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  423. LOL @Stephanie!!! I thought this was 6ft tall as well. I thought to myself, HOW FUCKING FABULOUS. It’s WAY better than beyonce!!

    Then I was sad and yet intrigued by it’s tiny size. It was then I decided I needed this for myself.

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  424. Gee, you put them out in the garage. Won’t they get cold during the winter. Maybe you should see if someone has handmade mongoose and python coats so those two don’t get cold in your garage. Just saying.

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  425. Have you seen what I can only assume is the maggot infested deer head that was posted on their blog a few days ago? It looks like a natural friend for copernicus….

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  426. Based on the first picture, I thought they would be much bigger– I have to admit, I’m a bit disappointed.

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  427. I totally needed that today! Can you rub some of your insanity on me? I think I need it!?X#$

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  428. Oh for fuck’s sake – dumbass indeed! I didn’t mean to post my e-mail for all the world to see. If you could make my e-mail dissappear from that post or just delete the post altogether, that would be great. I can’t take me anywhere. *sigh*

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  429. OMG….I had just finished reading an email from my Victor (go here: http://www.thebloggess.com/2011/10/thats-why-im-not-allowed-to-be-here-unsupervised/) when I read this post. Leaving now, have pee’d my pants laughing….

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  430. Holy Sweet Baby Jesus, that romance card is the BOMB! Love it!

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    Winced Again

    Growing up, our creepy next door neighbor had one of these delightful displays of nature next to her fireplace, as well as a menacing bobcat ready to pounce from the stairway, and a baby alligator wrapped around an ashtray next to the sofa. I feared that house and that woman, but had completely forgotten about it…until now. Thanks for the memories!

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  432. What a bitch… I can’t believe you took Ferris Mewler’s unhealthy obsession and stashed it in your GARAGE. Really, Jenny? Do you really want to be the rebound that badly?

    You could have at least given it a week and saved your ankles the horror of desperate cat-humping misery.

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  433. In two words or less: HOLY FUCK.

    This is probably one of the best posts of ever. THIS is why the Internet was invented.

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  434. Oh my god, I love everything about this.

    Your husband is a saint. One, for referencing Kipling, and two, for referencing Kipling when he clearly should have been freaking out that you dropped $300 on a mongoose/cobra love/kill sesh.

    Been blog-lurking for a while…love your writing🙂

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  435. HOLY SH*T F%CK!! I have read this 3 times now and each time I have been rolling around laughing on the floor!! My family and now my coworkers all suspect something is wrong with me (well, duh, that was a given!). I love your posts!!!

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  436. Wooden Monkey, can I borrow your half bear? (Either half, doesn’t matter). My in-laws have been staying with me for a while and I think the guest room needs redecorating. I figure I’ll start with the bear half, then take it up a notch to cobra-&-mongoose if they don’t get the “moving right along” now hint.

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  437. Oh my. I think I just wet myself. Lady, I look forward to reading your stuff every day. Thank you for your insanity!

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  438. I love you Jenny!! Just the way you are!!

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  439. This post made my day!

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  440. You never fail to crack me up. If you weren’t already taken I’d propose. Wait, I’m taken too and I don’t actually turn that way…but I still love you! Thanks for the tears this morning. I think my coworkers thought I was actually crying with the noise I was making (trying to stifle the laughter) and the tears running down my face. They are all ignoring me now which is a WIN!

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  441. I need to know what thrift store(s) you frequent, because shit like this should be part of my wedding decor!

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  442. Omg I totally just lost my appetite. On another note, I informed my confirmation students at church last night that a hug is like a strangle you haven’t finished yet. They were a little rowdy.🙂

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  443. I’m 7 months pregnant. I laughed so hard reading this post that my belly button popped out. Thanks!

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  444. Oh ouch. It took so long to read all the comments that I had to go back and re-read your post. One of these days I am gonna rupture something trying not to lol at your stuff. I’m gonna have to get internet at home, just so I can read your blog safely. Thanks–I needed that today.

    PS. Are you keeping count of how many women have offered to be your sister-wife? Add me to the list, pls.

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    Heather in Ottawa

    I have got to get me down to Texas. Y’all got some strange shit. There ain’t nothing like that in any Antique store I’ve ever been to.

    Hmmm… I just noticed that all of a sudden I starting writing with a ‘twang? Definitely odd.

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  446. I DO give a shit about not owning this glorious piece of art(?)

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  447. I hope Victor has his own prescription for xanax or valium or ativan. If not, send him to the doctor or the online pharmacy. Although posts about you visiting Victor in the nuthouse might be fun too.

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  448. I forking love reading your blog at work and then trying to muffle the laughter that I’m trying to keep inside… while also trying not to fart. Its a struggle I assure you. Your cobras are alarming to me but apparently look like new friends to the kitteh. I’d hate to be the one to dust that – ermm – display. Maybe it should be Hayley’s job… help desensitize her to the horrors of the desert and such😛

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    Aja October 13, 2011 at 9:31 am
    This is my dance space… this is your dance space. Spaghetti Arms!

    Oh.My.God. That is too funny. I didn’t see that at all until you said it. Now it’s all I can see. Hi.Lar.I.Ous!!!

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  450. Your sense of humor never fails me. Not once😀

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  451. You find the best stuff. Even if Victor does not agree.

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  452. I sent this to my husband and he said that, for future reference, if I brought home $300 worth of taxidermied animals, there would be 100% less laughing. I asked if this was the sort of thing that’s mainly funny because it’s someone else. He said that it’s ENTIRELY funny because it’s someone else.

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  453. i love you. omg.

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  454. 456
    The Introvert

    You mean that store is in Dallas?? I know what I’m doing this weekend. I live alone so there’s no one to stop me from buying my own taxidermied masterpiece.

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  455. You know the play “The Glass Menagerie,” how Laura has all those glass animals and they represent her delicate mental condition? Your animal representations seem to represent your awesome mental condition. Just sayin’.

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  456. I just spent half of my paycheck in your hysterical store. Worth it. I just got all my Christmas shopping done and it isn’t even November yet. WINNING.

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  457. I actually do have my own glass menagerie that’s I’ve been collecting since I was in third grade. It takes up an entire wall. If you sleep in my guest room you have thousands of glittery eyes staring at you while you try to sleep. True story.

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  458. I have very possibly just died and gone directly to taxidermy heaven. *happy sigh* This is RIGHTEOUS dead animal art.❤

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  459. I have never read your blog before, but I am laughing so hard, tears are streaming down my face! This is one of the absolute, funniest things I have ever read in my entire life! Thank you, thank you, for making me laugh and smile today!

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  460. I had to stop reading this three times.
    I was afraid I was going to pee myself laughing.
    I love you.

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  461. Ok, I just had a coughing fit (baaad cold) because of this post. It’s second only to Beyonce. I live in Texas too and can’t find any shops carrying things this amazing.

    I know how to tell which one is Jennifer Gray. Wait until Ferris gives her a nose job, then it will be obvious.

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  462. Nom nom nom. Jesus God I am pretty sure I may have just pee’d a little. Do you know how hard it is to NOT draw attention to the fact that I’m reading your blog instead of working when I start to wheeze from laughing “quietly” and it looks like I’ve been cutting onions because my eyes are watering so badly? It. is. hard.

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  463. I love you! You have once again made me laugh out loud. Thank you for being you and please never change.

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  464. A friend sent me a link to your blog to read. I must say that this is definitely the funniest blog I have ever read. Thank you.

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  465. I want to see a photo of this guest room, and the hundreds of glittery eyes.

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  466. Until I read this post I did not know that mongeese and mongooses are both acceptable plurals of mongoose. I feel educated…

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  467. My boyfriend and i have a running joke (that is actually not a joke at all, only he hasn’t quite figured that out yet) about how i can’t be left without supervision for very long. I have a tendency to do things like take apart my bedroom furniture and rebuild it, or cut my own hair, or put copious amounts of booze in my morning coffee before heading off to work in the admissions department of a conservative Christian college.

    This is why, whenever i find a post of yours like this one, i put a link on his Facebook wall as a warning. Because i’m pretty sure that i’m going to be you when i grow up.

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  468. I absolutely love you, your posts, and the patience that Victor has. If he ever does leave you … marry me😉

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  469. I just wanted you to know that you’ve got two more converts to the church of FuriouslyHappy.

    My roommate and I are having pretty much the worst week in a long time, for a number of reasons I can’t explain here on the Internet and some I can…like you my body is made of autoimmune fail and wreckage and the weather is simply not cooperating with me with regard to basic functions, we have to clean ALL THE THINGS, and together with my roommate’s husband we take care of their three medically fragile children which is a circus on the good days and a horrifying disaster area on the bad days. But this week things are coming completely undone and it’s coming to a head tomorrow.

    I started reading your blog yesterday and I’m determined to soak up every word you say because you’re awesome. I’ve decided I’m tired of feeling shat upon and that I too shall embrace the concept of furiouslyhappy. I read your initial post on the subject to my roommate today and she’s decided to take it up too. We shall do this thing in the face of everything that wants to bring us down. Today we are motherfuckin’ princesses and we are wearing my Swarovski tiaras from Disney World. And yes, she’s wearing hers to take the five-year-old to taekwondo, because she’s a furiouslyhappy motherfuckin’ princess and anyone who doesn’t like it can nick off.

    You’re an inspiration, Jenny. Please keep being you. I told my partner last night (while emailing her the links to the Beyonce saga) that someday I want to be the Jenny to her Victor. Her response was that she could *so* see me buying a giant metal chicken, her WTFing at it, and me sticking it at her office window in revenge. I want to be you when I grow up. Is that so wrong? If so, I don’t wanna be right.

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  470. 472
    Uber Lurker

    It IS better to beg for forgiveness than ask for permission.
    Fucking. Love. It.

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  471. Jenny, I love you so very much. You make my work day so much more hilarious and fun

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  472. Did you ever know that you’re my hero? You’re everything I wish I could be!

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  473. Omg, this post. I laughed so much. Only YOU would ever find something like this and actually buy it in complete seriousness.

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  474. I’d leave it at the front door (a) to warn off uninvited guests/salespeople/bible bashers and (b) remind me what happens when I impulse by!

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  475. OMG, this is hilarious! It reminds me of the dead animal thing I brought home from a flea market years ago. It was an armadillo being attacked by three sword-weilding frogs who were dressed in striped ponchos and fringed sombreros.

    Sadly, my husband made me throw the awesome art piece out after our cocker spaniel nearly had a heart attack when I made the dead animals chase after her. (In my defense, I wasn’t purposely trying to terrorize the dog…simply amuse her.)

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  476. Best. Business expense. Ever. The Internal Revenue Service MUST have some special form to write off such Hatfield/McCoy-esque taxidermied showdowns. I smell Christmas cards in the offing.

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  477. LOVE IT!!!! I came across your blog from a link someone posted on Facebook. I’m hooked. My parents had a cobra/mongoose up until a couple of months ago. It was different from this one. We all thought it was FANTASTIC! I’m officially hooked now!

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  478. Some of my (ok, most of my) friends, family and colleagues think I’m a bit crazy. I think that all the best people are… so In future I shall direct them to THIS VERY POST and say, “Ta Da!”

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    Barefoot Liz

    The best part are the photo’s you posted. The lawyer bit almost made me pee my pants.

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  480. I CANNOT believe you would consider trading Copernicus.
    I’m very disappointed in you.

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  481. I love you so very much. You kill me, but in a good way. My husband is also called Victor and he looks at me really crazy when I link him your posts and ask him if we can adopt you. you kick a whole lot of ass❤

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  482. This entire post is utter perfection. I seriously rolled a tear.

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  483. That taxidermy probably cost around $800 – $1000 new. $300 not so bad.

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  484. Too weird–my blog post today includes a crazed mongoose. Great minds? Maybe give it a read–after all, the appearance of mongi is too coinkydinkal to let slip by.

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  485. Run for President. Please. I’d vote for you.

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  486. Actually cried from laughter.

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  487. I was worried for a moment that you were going to part ways with Copernicus! I’m glad it didn’t come to that!

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  488. What totally cracks me up about this is that we used to own one of those cobra mongoose death matches lol
    I kept it in the garage and it definitely scared away any other cobras and mongooses but unfortunately it didn’t scare away the mice so I had to throw it out when the mice decided to eat the mongoose.

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  489. If it is any consolation, when I was little, we actually DID get packages that were labeled “Live Snake”, though generally pythons or rattlesnakes. We couldn’t get the licenses for cobras. 🙂

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  490. O. My. God. I spend much of my time at every art fair expressing fear at things that are going to come alive and kill me in my sleep. Steam-punk ravens being the most recent example at the Plaza Art Fair in Kansas City – two different booths with steam-punk ravens. Seriously. Does anyone think that ISN”T going to come alive and kill you in your sleep.

    In any case, the Riki Tiki Tavi/Cobra “sculpture” is soooooo much more likely to come alive and kill you in your sleep. You should just donate it to a good home. With someone you don’t like. Maybe that guy who called you a bitch.

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  491. I just did an extensive google search to see if I, too, can be a happy owner of this mongoose/snake battlescene. I must have one for my very dark guest bathroom. I could hide it in the large potted plant, so that when people sat down to take a crap, and finally had to set their phone down in the planter to wipe their ass, they’d see it and be terrified.

    Bwahaha

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  492. Okay, I have a new alert for you blog…Pampers alert. I need Pampers because I peed my pants laughing so hard at this post. I work with an awesome lady that I am pretty sure is The Bloggess in disguise and I could totally see her doing and saying these things which makes this 100 times funnier. Not that you aren’t already funny enough on your own.

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  493. So I was excitedly telling my husband, who is calm and overly sensible like Victor, about your blog. He did not share my excitement, or fear, over your statue. Love the blog. Love the cards. and I think you’re a genius.

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  494. Jenny,

    I feel like you should know there is a song by Cherry Popin’ Daddies called The Mongoose and the Snake. You should check this out and perhaps your taxidermied twosome will have theme music…because why wouldn’t need theme music??
    ❤ Jessimus

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  495. For some reason I looked at that image and immediately heard the priest from The Princess Bride: “Mawwage issss….”

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  496. Oh, I just laughed until I had tears running down my cheeks! My three year old asked if I was crying, and I don’t think he understands tears of laugher yet. And there was just no good way to explain this post to him.
    Someone I am related to (by marriage) is a self-taught taxidermist, who honed his skills on random roadkill. Picture if you will, an entire house filled with scenes like this. And a living room with so many deer heads that in the event of an earthquake, anyone sitting in there would be impaled by deer antlers. Try staying there, and getting up for glass of water at 2am…

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  497. Can you pleasepleasePLEASE create a cobra/mongoose death match photo sculpture. I can give it to my husband to go with mini-Beyonce! THANKS

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  498. I’m a law student. I have the resources to get that cobra a great lawyer & we are going to sue Ferris Mewler for all he is worth. Say good bye to your catnip kitty.

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  499. I LOVE YOU SO MUCH RIGHT NOW

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  500. Jenny, you are delightfully disturbed. Of course, I was even more unsettled when I saw the first picture and imaged that the cobra was about 6 feet tall. Clearly, I don’t get out into nature much. From the comments I see that there must be a little industry of making these heartwarming scenes.

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  501. Why is Victor ever surprised by these purchases? Was he unaware when he married you that you are a Chuck Testa gene carrier? Did he not meet your family? Seriously.

    By the way, get Copernicus involved in the deathmatch some how. Strangling the mangy mongoose perhaps.

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  502. 1. FERRIS MEWLER!!!!!!!!!

    2. I am super excited that a thing like that death match existed
    2a. …and that it was available not just for purchase, but for rent…
    2b. …AND that someone bought it
    2c. …someone who knows how to properly use words!

    3. The words on the actual photos (specifically the ones involving Kitty) have upped this awesomeness by at least 400%.

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  503. Jenny….. maybe because I live near LA, and have read your blog for awhile, it got me thinking – WHY DO YOU NOT HAVE A SITCOM BASED ON YOUR LIFE? You are 100,000X funnier than “shit my dad says” just with the material you have right here. And casting Jenny and Victor (and Beyonce, for that matter)…. And some of your frequent posters as neighbors and friends……Surely we have some screenwriters reading this who could write up a few choice episodes to pitch to some network!

    Only, make it on HBO or SHOWTIME so you don’t have to edit out the f-bombs. Oh, and have complete creative control, so it doesnt end up a piece of crap. Ah the obstacles….. but in the right hands, this would be a damned funny show. I would watch!!

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  504. That’s odd… I don’t feel confused at all!

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  505. I totally think you need to put this monstrosity in your shop as a rental.

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  506. I love reading your blog!! Makes a bad day allll better!!! lol!!!!

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  507. 509
    Faith.The Blond.

    Jenny,

    Have you thought about introducing Beyonce to this pair? I’m thinking photo op!! And Christmas card this year. Just sayin!

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  508. 510
    Pixie Sticks

    I’m just concerned this may cause Mariah to get a “-” grade in her English class when the teacher asks for a report on Kipling’s Riki Tiki Tavi….

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  509. Once again you are the most awesome person ever. If you ever decide to get rid of that let me know.

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  510. Can’t stop laughing.
    People staring at me.

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    Stephanie Harper

    This was quite a fad during the Victorian era, along with stuffed frog bands and the like. One can actually order a less mangy version for photoshoots and the like, along with other exotic things. I had to google “cobra mongoose taxidermy”, because I NEED one of these🙂

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  512. If there were a word that meant “glorious to the power of glorious”, that is the single word I would choose to describe this post.

    You might want to add something in the preamble warning, something about the possibility that asthmatics may enjoy this post in full at the cost of a lung, and that if they have no spare lung then this post might actually be life threatening. Whatever the cost, it’s damn well worth it, and then some.

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  513. Clearly you have a penchant for taxidermy, so I would like to direct you to the absolute ultimate and beautiful place for your affliction. I must forewarn you, my best friend dropped $15,000 at this place. It is a shop in Paris called Deyrolle. It’s an institution in Paris and so unbelievable cool. They have a website ( which doesn’t give it justice). This would no doubt send your husband over the top. Sorry Victor, but a stuffed bear…..
    (FYI animal people, most of these animals are stuffed post mortem. Keep your panties on)

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  514. I showed it to my husband and we both love it. If we had bought it, it’d be in the front yard with some sort of setup where one or both animals would spit fire.

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  515. im laughing so much that i’m seizing and its awkward cos im at work and people are looking me with weird faces.

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  516. You are my hero. Whenever I have a bad day, I go to your blog and you make me snort-out-loud. Thank you.

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  517. I am totally terrified by this blog post but I had to read the whole thing because it was so funny!

    love/hate

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  518. I think Copernicus should be strangling the snake….the mongoose is already wrapped up by the snake, the snake needs a hug too!

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  519. Holy sh#t! Growing up I had this in my basement! No haired mongoose and all, I’m glad they ended up in good hands. How i’ve missed radiation goose and mr. Bitie.

    Signed, really serious that I used to own this growing up.

    P.s. This post made my day

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  520. seriously….i love you…and want to be you. forever and ever.

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  521. 523
    Danielle Higginbottom-Brown

    seriously, I think I just peed my pants! Thanks for the laugh!

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  522. I just laughed until I cried… thanks!

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  523. I love this blog. Love, love, love.

    But why is it when I hit the previous posts button at the bottom of the main page, it takes me all the way to posts from July? It’s accurate, but, well …

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  524. This is the funniest thing ever. Thank you for making me laugh so hard my stomach hurts. I needed this today, seriously, thank you.

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  525. Oh, PLEASE say this isn’t in the garbage! You must auction it off for charity or something. The Homeless Honeybadger Hermitage, perhaps, or the Caring Cobra Cottage?

    Surely there is hope for world peace built into this magnificent piece, if only through collective shooting of milk out nostrils upon viewing.

    *snort* *snorfle* *guffaw* *schnoz-spewage*

    “Oh, my friend, we are all one after all!”

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  526. Oh. My. Gawd.

    I must have this. This is king of all crap. Please share this awesome trophy of rage with me.

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  527. I so wish you were my friend in real life! And you must check this out. Please scroll down to see the top hat pictures. It would make a lovely gift, although I think they have him priced rather high. (Just my opinion.) http://www.ebay.com/itm/Pig-hog-Piglet-Stuffed-TAXIDERMY-figure-Chihuahua-real-pelt-wild-boar-animal-/200660890802?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item2eb85234b2

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  528. If you thing this is great, you should come out to the Rattlesnake Festival in San Antonio FL this weekend. There will be all kinds of taxidermied shit.

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  529. Shit snacks! Go Pam! My boyfriend calls me “bird bones.” I love it.

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  530. 532
    MonsterGurl

    You totally need to watch this about the honey badger! It eats cobras!

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  531. Oh, my gosh! I don’t know who I love better, you or your husband! Between your off-beat statements and his dead-pan statements I laughed so hard I was literally feeling sick to my stomach! I tried to read it to my husband but became so hysterical that I went into some sort of high-pitched squeak that only dogs could hear! I can’t tell you the last time I’ve laughed that hard.

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  532. You know, in my humble opinion, this could be the perfect thing to play Pink Flamingo with. (You know, where you get some pink flamingos and put them on a neighbor’s yard and then they put them on another neighbor’s yard and so on?)

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  533. 1. Where the hell do you FIND this shit?
    2. I love that you knew the plural of “mongoose” is “mongeese.”
    3. Victor is a party pooper.
    4. So is Ferris Mewler.
    5. That thing ROCKS! And by “rocks” I mean, it’s full of awesome as long as it stays at *your* house.🙂

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  534. I think you should mail it to Congress. Sign the card, “Love and Kisses, Wall Street.”

    *evil grin*

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  535. This. Is. Epic.

    I am now subscribing to your feed. Because anyone who can write this post… well, you just make me feel all happy!bouncy because adults aren’t supposed to be this random, and when one is, the world seems to be a little better place.

    I *must* know you. Stat!🙂

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  536. It’s a good thing you got Copernicus some friends… haunted moneys get lonely too.

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  537. I totally want to write “Here’s the cobra you ordered. Dumb-ass” on the outside of all the parcels I send out now.

    .. might be bad for business.

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  538. This story was . . . amazing. I laughed entirely too hard while reading.

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  539. Warning… Never read this stuff at 1 am when your husband is sleeping peacefully. Waking to the sound of me laughing so hard he thought that I was strangling or something did not put him in the best mood. Side note, once he calmed down he thought it was pretty funny too.

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  540. I hope when I die I am stuffed and put into a mange-ridden death match with my husband. But only if he’s dead too…cause otherwise that would be creepy…

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  541. Oh My Gosh! Did you see this? http://dollypythonvintage.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/09/20110930-050736.jpg

    Copernicus could totally ride it! His little arms could give the piglet a “hug” around the neck & it would be ok cuz it is already dead.

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  542. Those are the creepiest stuffed things I’ve ever seen. And one of my cats got all up in a snake’s face too, except it was a real LIVE copperhead and he only missed being bit because apparently God loves animals even when they are being stupid.

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  543. i recognise this! i’ve seen it in a video clip. http://www.youtube.com/user/NeilCicierega#p/u/20/vyzQ-ZFSQic
    at 1:44. i mean it might not be the same one… but it looks so similar!

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  544. I’m loving that they found another one!

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  545. You just HAVE to know there are three journalists sitting in South Africa counting the minutes until your blog is updated. We are addicted. We have a problem…

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  546. As usual, this post is amazing. I am also starting to seriously ponder what type of ‘vintage’ and ‘antique’ stores you seem to come across. I grew up in New England, the Land of Antiques, I have never seen such fabulousness!!!

    On a (slightly) separate note, thank you for introducing me to Zazzle – I came up with what I believe to be the most brilliant thing I have ever said (Yeah, I’m not so smart) and was tapping my chin, trying to figure out how I could best share my genius with the world…ZAZZLE! No one has bought one yet, but I just know it will be life changing for them if they do.

    Thanks for the laughs EVERY SINGLE time I come here.

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  547. Wait! I know you’re SUPER busy, but I mean to put my blog post/Zazzle item on here…you know, as part of my thank you to YOU. Obviously.😉

    Seriously, your feedback on my first creation would be priceless to me. xo

    http://realmommychronicles.com/?p=1306
    http://www.zazzle.com/realmommychronicles

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  548. I had to read this post in pieces because I’m at work and kept having to stop laughing. I love it!

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  549. brilliance on a stick. Thanks, needed that laugh!

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  550. Man… I just can’t stop laughing!

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  551. O.K. Everybody needs to regroup and get a life. I’m just saying….

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  552. 556
    Ansley Larsson

    I love Victor. I don’t know if these conversations take place the way you write them, but I love the Victor you write. If he’s real, you are perfect for one another.

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  553. I think it’s completely fucked up that I’ve actually seen one of those in real life. It brought back horrible memories from my childhood. Now I’m going to go curl up in the corner in the fetal position and suck my thumb. Thanks. 😉

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  554. My hubs just said, “This is an odd thing to buy.”

    Our favorite record/coffee shop/taxidermi in Brooklyn is called Black Gold. And they have a massive hyena in there I keep wanting to buy. But then I think, well, what the hell? Where am I going to put a hyena? One that is standing up and sleepily looking at us through its glass eyes?

    But you’ve taught me it doesn’t matter where I put it. It doesn’t matter if my hubs thinks it’s odd. It doesn’t matter if I’m afraid of real-life hyenas.

    What MATTERS is that it’s cheaper to buy said hyena than rent it. So you’ve given me something to think about here. And if I decide I don’t want it, I can pose it with my soon-to-be-born daughter. Whose first memories will be of bristly, stuffed hyenas gazing down at her adoringly.

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  555. Have taxidermy, will travel!

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  556. If there is one post that neatly sums up The Bloggess, this is it.

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  557. Yet another perfectly good post ruined by including a cat.🙂

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  558. Oh man, this is too freaking funny. Thanks for brightening my day!

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  559. Oh my! That death match is so disturbing that I almost can’t eat my breakfast. almost.

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  560. I suspect your garage is filled with all sorts of very bizarre things. If you ever have a garage sale, I WILL BE THERE EARLY.🙂

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  561. I google “mongoose” and look what showed up http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vdg9gkmWsEA a REAL cobra/mongoose battle!!! Crazy.

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  562. PLEASE provide a new product called “Death Match Gum”
    “It freshens your breath–one way or another”

    You’re welcome.

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  563. This the best thing that I have read all morning.🙂 Thank you for the cobra/chupacabra flavored breakfast!

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  564. So I was all “Wow – that’s an interesting thought” at first … and then I was “Holy effing shit she actually did buy it” and then I had a new respect for you. *bows*

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  565. Have you seen this??? http://youtu.be/y-e4vu_wL-M

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  566. I think this is the first time EVER I have disagreed with you, Oh Bloggess. I would NEVER call that scary nightmare WHIMSY! I don’t think I could even store it in my garage. AHK! Runs away and hides.

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  567. Even the big designers are copying you…

    Handbag taxidermy? Louis Vuitton gets animal makeover

    http://thelook.today.com/_news/2011/10/10/8255153-handbag-taxidermy-louis-vuitton-gets-animal-makeover

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  568. This. This right here made. my. day. I’m sitting at my desk and all my coworkers think I’ve lost it. I wish I could attach photos; I’d send you a picture of Beauregard, my ridiculously happy lion that was a steal at $135.

    Wait, I forgot that’s what links are for: http://tinyurl.com/3bc8oxt

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  569. I seriously HATE (but love) you sooooo much right now! I mean A LOT. I am so scared of snakes it’s not even funny. I couldn’t look at your post – I had to literally close my eyes and try to close the page at the same time. Needed someone else to help me just get to the comments section so I didn’t accidentaly see a sn*#e picture.😦 Damn you. You ain’t right!

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  570. Isn’t there something exactly like this in Twin Peaks somewhere? I mean exactly like that death battle, not like this post. Although that, too, probably.

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  571. Thoroughly enjoyed reading & consequently spreading the joy to the masses. Absolutely amazeballs — thank you for brightening my Friday🙂

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  572. Dave Ramsey is probably holding your marriage together.

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  573. I don’t think they’ve yet discovered the meds that would cure you.
    Until they do, keep having fun and stay away from sharp objects.

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  574. Pretty please consider making the “Time of my life” card into a t-shirt. Because I need it. Today.

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  575. Now that’s some serious shrinkage there. I blame William Shatner.

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  576. What no menage-a-trois with Copernicus?

    M

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  577. Seeing something so freakishly real in a shop is one thing….it would have scared the crap out of me coming straight out of the box. Brave and funny soul. It looks like a nice additon to any home worth visiting.

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  578. They look so much bigger and more RUBBER DINOSAUR DO BATTLE in the first image. I’m sure if they’d been huge you’d have loved them more.

    Why don’t those people who make those stupid wooden farm animals for your front garden make fighting dinos? I would definitely buy those.

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  579. I wish my husband would let me get away with stuff like this. You are truly living the dream!

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  580. this is the best-slash-worst-slash-most fabulous piece of art i have ever witnessed. bless you.
    😉

    xo, b.

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  581. I can’t find any of these on the interwebz.😦

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  582. O.M.GOSH!!!!!! I cannot contain my laughter!
    It seems to me that you would appreciate this:

    Nope! It’s Chuck Testa…

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  583. When I first looked at the photo, I thought snake was 6 feet tall standing up. Less cobra, more horror-movie-where-(insert actor/actress of your choice)-hopefully-dies-giant-anaconda snake. While this whole thing so awesome my eyes melted out of my head and pooled on my track pad, I must confess I wish it was actually 6 feet tall. Imagine your cats perched atop the snakes head, commanding it to attack those they do not care for. As an added bonus, it would distract from messes in your living room, rid you of unwanted visitors, and it would be a great place to hang coats.

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  584. A little disappointed… I thought it looked bigger in the antique shop. hahaha… still it creeps me out.

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  585. Apparently, they have another one now….buy it and you will have bookends! Klassy.🙂
    http://dollypythonvintage.com/place-your-bets-round2/

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  586. This made me laugh harder than anything I’ve read recently. And now I am a fan of your blog.

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  587. I’d like to know a little more about the puzzled goofy looking skull in the back right…

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  588. Since I’ve been home on maternity leave for the last two weeks, I have repeatedly learned an important lesson: I should NOT read this blog while trying to nurse. Laughing hysterically with a baby attached to your breast is freakin’ painful.

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  589. Holy crap – I have no idea why Victor thinks it’s okay to go away and leave you alone and then question your decisions that arise from his absense. It’s like he’s never met you…

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  590. You know you should create your own Taxidermy Time-Share business with an option to purchase. Pay an annual fee and rotate your frozen friends monthly. That way you never get bored. Also, it’s like a try before you buy.

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  591. Riki tiki whatsit was my first thought too. between the tears of laughter, that is.
    thanks for yet another post that left me thinking, ‘now, how can i work this picture into a sermon…?’

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  592. Would the antique shop you got this from happen to be Obscura? Just asking🙂

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  593. Oh My God! I Love You!!! I laughed so hard that I forgot to breathe!

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  594. OMG this is hilarious. I’m laughing here with tears in my eyes and my coworkers are like what the hell is wrong with her.

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  595. I sent this entry to my husband, as I do most others that I’m convinced are overheard conversations that he and I had and you are just pretending that they are between you and Victor. Guess what his response was? …..
    “Dude, we NEED this.”
    Great thanks! If I come home to a scary cobra in a box I’m sending it your way!
    PS
    I really thought the honeybadgergoose and cobra were a lot bigger until I saw Ferris Meweler hanging out with them. I was actually hoping they were bigger, you know, like Beyonce. That’s ok, maybe next time right?

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    Doris Ann Newton

    Think now I have been totally forgiven for purchasing the sobakawa pillows.

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  597. Thank You, It just needed to be said. I fell and hurt myself last night and I am in a lousy mood but now I am laughing so hard my daughter is wondering what is wrong with me. LOL I SO needed this!!

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  598. I’m a 61-year old retired librarian and I’m in love with this blog site. Am I sick or is this a really healthy sign! Don’t answer that.

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  599. 604
    The White Goddess

    My husband is an alcoholic who can’t quit. My soul aches.
    He was in jail 4 days this week for violating an Order of Protection by threatening my life.
    Yep, still love him, and deep.
    Nope, not a joke.
    No, really.
    I didn’t think I was capable of feeling anything but like a bad train wreck today.
    This made me laugh out loud.
    This is the kind of smile only a cobra-death match could inspire!
    Thank you!

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  600. That is hilarious. My sister’s in-laws had a set of taxidermied frogs posed in an aquarium dancing and playing musical instruments. Apparently it was a family heirloom. So just tell Victor that you’re starting a family tradition that can be cherished by future generations (and by the way you REALLY NEED those dancing frogs!!).

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  601. This made me laugh so hard my ribs hurt. Thank gods I wasn’t drinking anything or my IMac would have been very pissed at me just now! Don’t even get me started on the cards. They’re fracking epic!

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  602. I have to say, as an outsider, I’m totally curious as to what your home decor looks like, have you thought of applying for the cover of ‘home beautiful?’

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  603. This is the funniest thing i’ve read in awhile! I’m dying laughing. Totally just texted my boyfriend with a random line about the post office confiscation. I got “what the hell? where the hell did that come from?” which made me laugh harder haha. so much awesome

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  604. I had no idea that the plural for Mongoose was mongeese. It makes sense, mongooses just sounds silly. Also Victor is the man for making a Ricki Ticki Tabi reference. But with mange.

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  605. Haha, fantastic! But god that oversized rat is CREEPY, I can’t believe you didn’t see the CREEPY right away!

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  606. I want one! can I rent yours out? I using you as an example of how not so bad I am when I come up with crazy this and that and husband rolls his eyes. LOVE YOU more than mongoose.

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  607. Are you sure they aren’t singing Christmas Carols? Some of the notes are awfully high.

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  608. What a brilliant idea for a money making scheme! You should let US rent the honey badger/snake fantasticness! YES!

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  609. As epic as this entire situation is, MY favorite part was your husband asking “Who is this?” I mean, really? Who else WOULD have the balls to be YOU!

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  610. Ok so this is the most fucked up post I have ever read since the beginning of the internet. I am really, REALLY expecting to see a sign after this post that reads “You have reached the end of the internet” No sit…so freakishly funny and disturbing at the same time…thanks…I had the time of my life!

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  611. Want.
    Your honey badger/cobra work of art belongs on the cover of “Real Simple” because it is. Simply awesome.

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  612. That is simply delicious! I think it would go with my T-Rex garden sculpture. Alas, I’ll look for you on Antique Road show…keep the packing peanuts!

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  613. I have been depressed. Like, “lost my job, ate myself into a junk food coma, can’t get out of bed for 3 days” depressed. then I decided to check in with you to see what you were up to…and Wallah!!! No More Depression! Reading this post was like an instantanious cure all for whatever ails me! So what if I’m “Over Educated, Over Qualified” & too old? (at 47, really?!!) I could be in the middle of a mongoose/cobra death match. It’s all about perspective. Beyonce’ taught me that! Love you BIGGER-EST & thanks for cheering me up!!!❤

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    Joe Bob Hardesty

    WTF?! How the hell did I get here? WHO are you people?!?! I was looking for Subaru parts…

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  615. My cats would go nuts over this, too.
    I totally expected the taxidermy to be bigger, though.

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  616. Jesus effing Christ in a box.

    Someone needs to take away your credit card. Like right now.

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  617. We love YOU! Silly. We will wait. Rest annnnnnnnnnnnd rest some more xxxxxxxx and some butterflies (but that’s your job, delirium sistah) Read the butterflies xxx Did I mention I Love you? I love you.

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  618. Looooooooooooooooovvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvveeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee YOU YOU YOU.

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  619. And butterflies.

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  620. Um, unsupervised? Me either! Fooled. Mwahaahahhha. how many h’s to a’s, gracious. I don’t freakin’ know.

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  621. On the one hand, I’m a professional organizer, so I’m supposed to feel at least some ambivalence regarding the “treasures” you purchase. On the other hand, I just spent two days in the hospital and this post is the first thing that has made me laugh in what feels like a long, long time. Be assured, if you and Victor had a TV program, it would be #1 in milliseconds. Thank you!

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  622. One of my favorite parts of your blog are the conversations between you and Victor. Hilarious!

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  623. Only you could find a cobra/mongoose in mid-battle.

    And then make awesome cards out of it.

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  624. And until I started reading your blog, I never knew such things existed.

    Thank you.

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  625. i am speechless

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  626. Seriously. You had me in stitches!!

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  627. simply brilliant. First blog i actually got my husband to read!

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  628. OMG, please do not stop writing. I read this blog and think I will never laugh that hard again and I am proven wrong each time I come back. Thank you.

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  629. Hilarious…because I would have totally had the same conversation with my (ex) husband…only I wouldn’t have bought it, I would have just argued my point of WHY I should buy it.

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  630. You make me laugh so much my cheeks hurt. Thank you.

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  631. Are you for real? You are so funny. I can’t stand it. Are you like this real life?

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  632. I love you. That is all.

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  633. Loved the post, hated the pictures! Live on a rattlesnake ranch, had to scroll and read through slits in fingers of hand slapped tightly over eyes. Thanks for the nightmares. Wonder if I can drown it with wine or if that will allow the cobra to catch me as I bob and weave….

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  634. I actually have a taxidermy badger in my office. I would be willing to trade it for something equally as dead and ominous. I mean, ominous besides the fact that it is a dried out corpse…and really, since you thought you had a badger, shouldn’t you actually have one? I’m sure your spiritual balance is all out of whack due to lack of said badger. And how can you fulfill your potential as a spouse or a writer or a human being if you don’t rectify this situation? (I used this logic to justify my angry dinosaur puppet. Considering my husband’s long stare, I’m assuming he was shocked and awed at my amazing forethought.)

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  635. I’ll have to get the “Look what I didn’t buy” card for my husband. He’s forever complaining about the amount of money I spent and I’m forever telling him about how much money saved replying “But, you should see all the things I DIDN’T buy!!!!”

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  636. Sooo I’m not sure if it’s perspective or what but the first picture makes this scene look pretty big-like big enough to hold it’s own against the bookshelf behind it-so when I saw the bottom pictures I was kind of disappointed. And I can’t shake it. Now my life feels funny…

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  637. Okay so it won’t let me leave a comment on this because it’s too old or something I DON’T KNOW but

    http://blog.chron.com/goodmombadmom/2011/07/now-that-she-mentions-it-it-seems-pretty-obvious/

    Yeah. It IS obvious. And there’s a guy who’s done it. He has made a duvet suit. A suit out of comforters. Because he wanted his friend with cystic fibrosis to stay warm while also still being out of bed and not limited by blankets. It’s the best thing EVER. I have a full suit AND a pair of trousers. http://lazypatch.com Remember that Snuggies are cheap pieces of fleecy shit, but a Lazypatch is forever. No, seriously. Provided an animal doesn’t chew on it, it’ll last years and through many washings (my full suit should know, it gets tossed in the wash because I basically live in it half the year due to illness and pain).

    AND NOW THAT THEY MAKE KID-SIZE LAZYPATCHES you just have no excuse. You gotta buy a whole set for the family. This makes more practical sense than taxidermiied chupacabras, and you can point THAT out to Victor.

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  638. Okay, it is official. You are certifiable. As what, I don’t know. But also, screamingly hilarious. The giant metal rooster was drop-dead gorgeous compared to this monstrosity. BTW, I remember seeing these things as cheezy import stores back in the early 1980s. I DID NOT BUY ONE — I am terrified of snakes. And they were overpriced pieces of schlock crap back then.

    Oh yeah, and you and Victor need to have your own reality show. He sounds like the perfect straight man. I bet he waits until you have left the house or hung up the phone before he starts screaming with laughter over your latest “outrage”! If you ever turn this into a comedy tour, let me know so I can buy tickets!

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  639. I mailed a live tarantula through the mail (don’t worry, there is a way to pack them for mailing where they can live….). At the post office I was given the usual “so there is nothing hazardous in here…” and I was all “….like what?” (because I am terrible at lying). The nice lady says, “Like maple syrup. We had a huge maple syrup foul up at the Manchester sorting facility. Went everywhere and it took days to clean up all the machinery.” I was able to assure her I did not have any dangerous maple syrup in the package. I did want to write “JUST DON’T OPEN THIS OK?” on the outside….

    The tarantula made it through just fine.

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  640. Ok, not only was that hella funny, but I laughed so hard, and so long (insert porn-joke smirk here) that I woke up my husband, as well as my daughters all the way across the house.

    And it was *totally* worth it.

    I spread the gospel of The Bloggess at an education conference yesterday; teachers need more 100% real surreality in their lives, esp when they can laugh at the fallout, instead of, you know, actually having to *deal* with it.

    Thanks and kisses – Siggi

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  641. I emailed this to a friend last week, and the reply I got was as follows:
    “My enthusiastic python wants to wrestle your honey badger.”

    Your blog post has been turned into the most creep-tasticly awesome euphamism for sex EVER!

    xoxo

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    iamsterdam_68

    Good God Almighty, woman, I love you (and I don’t even go that way – not that there’s anything wrong with it). I have pee’d myself on more than one occasion reading your blog.

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  643. My 17 year old son asked me, is that snake eating a dinosaur?

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  644. Must…breathe…cannot…..stop…laughing….

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  645. I’ve been reading your archives and squeeing about the cobra mongoose and my husband keeps looking at me in more and more concerned expressions. He says this blog is giving me ideas. I almost bought the “guess what I didnt buy” card for our anniversary but I’m in England so the exchange rate sucks for that. I may still though, just for the look on his face…

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  646. I thought at first the mongoose was a komodo dragon, but now i see that he/she (is there a twig there?) is a sufferer of alopecia. I know you have already received admissions of love and pledges to impregnate/be impregnated, but i just have to tell you that i both love you, and if i could, would have your baby. it’s wrong and physically impossible, but it feels so right. 🙂

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  647. Now that’s some funny shit.

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  648. Just 645 comments thus far? I have 645 comments of my own.🙂 I will just sum it up with “Wow.”

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  649. Can you please open a roadside curiosity stand? We would totally pay money to see your collection.

    You rock!

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  650. I nearly just died reading this exchange! I never commented on it, but the Wil Wheaton/PR email post also had me in stitches! Keep ruffling feathers, it brings me such joy!

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  651. Honey Badger don’t give a shit! Oh GOD! You’re brilliant. Scary but Brilliant!

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  652. I am officially creeped out by our dead animal brought back to life obsession. Frankly, I’m surprised it’s taken this long to feel this way…

    P.S. I am soooo buying the card “Guess what I didn’t buy”. I think you made that for me specifically. Thanks. It’s going to come in handy one day.

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  653. I initially thought that was a very large sculpture (based on the first picture). However, I thought it was a dinosaur and a giant sea monster. You can understand my confusion, right?

    I’m not a ‘science person’.

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  654. The thing that I love THE ABSOLUTE MOST about this post is that somewhere in your mind you went straight to the thought ‘yessss… I TOTALLY MUST buy this for more than Ruby Wildflower earns in a fortnight because it will make AN EXCELLENT blog piece’. You have my utmost respect Madame.

    Keep making a bitch happy like you so effortlessly do.
    x

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  655. That whole thing had me cackling at work. You truly are the best kind of fucked-up. Also, Victor is a role-model for men everywhere.

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  656. The plural for mongoose is mongooses…its true. I only know this because I once wrote a report on them….yeah, I’m a nerd🙂

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  657. HEY, Y’ALL, YOU CAN BUY JENNY’S BOOK!!
    I just went on Amazon and you can pre-order it for delivery on April 12. Congratulations, Jenny!

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  658. I want to be nice about this, because you are funny as hell and charming to boot, and there is nothing about the way you approach life that doesn’t spell yres. Or something like yres.
    But… $300. And $200 on the chicken – which was so awesome a post, you deserve all 50,000 responses and the adulation that rolled across the internet.
    It’s not just my own personal poverty that bangs up against the speedbump of easy spending. I mean, there’s lots and lots of us. I know two people who would fall on the floor if I shared your writing with them – except the economy got them. Got them all the way. The funeral-was-so-lovely-closed-casket-was-a-good-idea sort of way.
    I’m really glad that you’re not affected, or affected so strongly, by the problems we’re having. I just can’t help thinking about what $500, can really do. And you’re the sort of person who could do that, and so much more, if you leaned into the subject and gave it your own twist – you could leave Beyonce behind, and set a bar for making people spit on their keyboards, and encouraging money to go where it will help people. Kids. Lonely marmots without cobras to play with.
    I hope you take this in the spirit intended. Because you do rock.

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  659. Oregonbird ~ I usually don’t respond to critical comments (or usually any comments, since I’m not witty enough to compete with the bad-assery of my commenters) but yours seems genuine and sincere and I feel like I owe you an explanation. I make money in the dumbest way possible. I do it by making people laugh. I do it not just because funny posts mean more opportunities to get humor writing jobs that allow me to pay for silly things like giant chickens and cobras, but also because of the emails I get from people telling me that these posts help them forget the trauma they’re going through right now. And (selfishly) I do it for myself, because it helps me fight my own demons and depression.

    I don’t get manicures. I haven’t had a haircut in 6 months. I buy my clothes from Ross and wear them until they wear out. I drive an 8 year old car with a cracked widshield that backfires constantly. And none of those things bother me in the slightest. I know women who wouldn’t think of dropping $500 on a pair of shoes, but I couldn’t bring myself to do it, both because my arthritis doesn’t let me wear non-orthopedic shoes, and also because it seems like too much money to spend on something that would feel selfish to me. But it’s not to others. If buying a pair of nice shoes is the thing that brings you joy then you should do it, and you should never feel guilty about it.

    This blog is about joy, and it’s celebrated in lots of ways. Last year, my readers raised $42K to help buy gifts for children who wouldn’t have had a Christmas otherwise. That? Came out of a ridiculous purchase of a taxidermied boars head.

    When I bought Beyonce I got all kinds of amazing feedback, but I also got a lot of people who were critical that I dare to spend money on something they saw as frivolous. Many were furious that I spent my “husband’s money,” not even bothering to consider the fact that I have a degree, work full-time doing many different writing jobs, and make enough money to buy the occasional silly thing without having to justify it. Most of my long-term readers already knew that, but what the biggest critics never noticed was the fact that I ended up creating Beyonce merchandise, marketing it, and selling it. I made more than 10 times what Beyonce cost in the first month. That money? Went quietly to the Bastrop volunteer firefighters, to the Austin No-Kill Rescue Shelter, to two different African Orphanages and to many support-the-arts kickstarter programs. Not to mention the fact that this increased traffic didn’t affect me directly (as I don’t use an ad network and don’t get paid for traffic) but it made a huge difference to the advertisers who have supported my silly endeavors by buying flat-rate ads on my sidebar and who saw an amazing increase in sales because of a silly chicken. The company that made my Beyonce merchandise lists it as one of their biggest money-makers and it helped contribute to creating work for people. It makes me furiously happy that I was able to do something silly and funny and that it brought such joy and positivity to so many people in so many remarkable ways.

    I don’t begrudge you your opinion, as I’ve lived more than half of my life below the poverty line, and I’ve dealt with unemployment issues, the panic of almost losing a house, and with wearing shoes made of breadsacks because winter-shoes were a luxury you couldn’t even consider. I know it isn’t easy and I’m lucky that right now we’re doing well. I also know that at any moment, things could change for us and we would again be scrounging for change to pay the electric bill. But even then I wouldn’t regret what I’ve done. The memories and laughter are worth every penny I’ve spent on things that made myself (and others) smile. I’ll never feel the need to justify that.

    I wish you nothing but the best, and I hope that you (and others who might be quick to judge) can see how the money spent to buy two silly things grew into something so much larger than a few hundred dollars. It grew into laughter. It grew into healing. It grew into thousands of dollars that helped to support not only my own family, but also my community and communities on the other side of the world.

    PS. If you prefer to see only the serious, non-ridiculous side, you should just follow me on twitter at @thegoodbloggess. It’s a special account I set up years ago to help increase awareness about issues that I personally support and that others might want to as well. It’s strictly about raising money for charities and contains almost no frivolity, and thousands of people follow it because they understand that you can have silliness and responsibility at the same time. Plus, you can see first-hand how much good my readers are willing to do, not because they’re silly or frivolous, but because they appreciate joy and want to share it with the rest of the world. It’s something I’m proud of, but my work here is something I’m equally proud of. I’m not here to save the world. I’m here to make it a little easier, by making people laugh. It’s what I do.

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  660. I need to order a few copies of the last card. It will help my husband put my shopping quirks into perspective.

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  661. Nicely done, Jenny.

    Very nicely handled.

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  662. Nicely put Jenny.

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  663. JENNY! you totally make me laugh. My ass off. Serious humor illness happening here when i read you– and I LOVE IT! Keep writing the way you write. You have the right to write about these because you entertain people and so far as I’ve read your posts, you don’t really hurt anyone with what you write about. And though we may not often see eye to eye, I have respect for you. Respect i think is the key here.

    Anyway, I love how you were able to spin a fun story out of the cobra- mongoose, and even funnier that your cat made a story out of that. You have every right to spend your money the way you wish. Don’t let anyone else tell you otherwise. We all have our own things to deal with. And let others deal with it the way they want to. As long as you know you’ve made people laugh, you didn’t harm anyone in anyway, you’re all good and we will continue reading and supporting you🙂

    Good laughs on this post, Jenny. Cheers!!

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  664. There’s enough misery in the world without people levelling the guilt gun at someone else for spending money or having fun or doing whatever it is Person B doesn’t approve of. Every single one of us does frivolous stuff from time to time, I don’t care WHO we think we are. I’ve had plenty of lean times when I couldn’t afford to do something so wildly irresponsible as buy a chocolate bar, let alone a new videogame. You know what? Sometimes you need the videogame to save your mental health. Or the big metal chicken. Or a monkey with hug/strangling issues. Sometimes a big metal chicken is redemption. For a lot of other people, too. It’s also not like it was a $200,000 chicken, so let’s have a little perspective. Lives do not hang in the balance. We can have big metal chickens and still solve problems. That’s the wonder – and the joy – of life.

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  665. YIKES. Dear gods, the herpephobe in me would have a freaking HEART ATTACK

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  666. 671
    StarFortress

    I love this. I try to take things just as they are and work on the “thing of the moment.” I have enough issues of my own I don’t need to make them up for anyone else.

    My mom is a quilter, and a pretty good at that. She wanted a new sewing machine. One of those 2400 dollar jobs that does everything but go online to download new switches. She thought about it for days till I reminded her that she doesn’t have to justify her spending to anyone. It’s her money, she earns it. I have no claim to it. She doesn’t have a husband. All the bills are paid, the lights are on, the house is paid for. It’s all good. So buy the sewing machine if that’s what made her happy. And it did.

    Not only has she made quilts for herself, but she makes quilts when family and friends have babies or for special occasions. Like when my cousin got promoted. So lots of people get quilts.

    I’m not jealous of people that have money. I’m glad people do. And it makes me want to get my own.

    Frivolity is good. Laughing is good. Take time to do both once in a while.

    I try to do what I can when I can. A dollar here and there, a toy for the Marines, volunteering for the Comfort Quilts, helping people with their computers for free. Instead of thinking about how crappy my life is, I want to try to make other lives better as much as I can.

    All my best.

    PS: Can they be rented for Children’s Birthday parties? I have about 2.50 in Canadian change.

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  667. Well said Jenny! We have enough people in the world that judge us without judging eachother. Like the saying “We only see what someone has done, not where thy have been”
    You make me laugh out loud so much that my three year old gets fed up of listening to me!

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  668. We all have to pick which battles to fight. I live car-free, but have a super-expensive bakfiets (Dutch box bike). But… I bought the bike used instead of new. But… my kids wear disposable diapers. I know there are people who think certain things about me just because we own that bike, not realizing that it is our car and that we bought it used. I know there are people who think certain things about me not having a car, not realizing that I have the Suburban of bikes. I know there are people that think certain things about me for putting my kids in disposable diapers, not realizing that I’m only willing because both kids are bigger bladder-wise than any cloth diaper could handle. I know there are people that think certain things about me for not potty training my 6-year-old yet, not realizing that he has Down syndrome and I’ve TRIED but until he cares it just isn’t going to work.

    Basically, haters are gonna hate and judges are gonna judge. You are a furiously beautiful soul, Jenny. Just wanted to let you know that I saw your middle of the night tweet, came and read, and I’m down with you fighting your fights in the way you can fight them. Speak your truth! Much love.

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  669. Jenny, I just love the interaction between you and Oregonbird. I felt the sincerity and kindness and mutual appreciation in each comment. It’s so rare to see that on most blogs.
    The only part that was upsetting to me to read is that you apparently get comments from people who don’t understand that you work? That writing is work? That being funny is work? “Spending your husband’s money”? What century is that person living in?
    I used to write a humor column — “Sick Humor” about the funny side of life with chronic illness — and I’m too sick to do it now. Partly because I’m too sick to perform that level of cognitive and physical work, and partly because so much in my life has been so emotionally devastating that I’m still trying to get my sense of humor in working order again. (Something I never thought it would be possible for me to lose.) Given my experiences, and given that you also suffer with various physical and mental health challenges, I’m very grateful that you do what you do. You’re a role model for me. Except that I will never, ever buy de-faced creepy dead monkeys or mongooses in cobra death matches. I don’t need to, because you’re filling that role in the world.
    P.S. One of my family jokes growing up: A guy contacts his friend in India and asks him to bring him home a mongoose. “Oh, and while you’re at it,” he says, “can you get me another?”
    See, cuz he didn’t know what the plural of “mongoose” was. So, just be thankful it was a death match with only one mongoose, or you would face that same predicament. (That this was an important running joke in my upbringing might also help explain why I turned out the way I did.)

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  670. I adore you, I really do, and I admire how you handled the criticisms Oregonbird leveled at you- not defensively, but gently and in a far more mature manner than I would have been able to.

    (My response would have been more along the lines of, “It’s my money, I can do what I want!” which would have been far less effective.)

    You set the bar high for everyone. Good work.🙂

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    TheOtherLisa

    Sometimes people need some help to laugh. I am one of those people. Without knowing me, Jenny improves *my* quality of life just by being out there for me to read. After the Beyonce post went viral, I read back through the blog. I was gobsmacked by the Christmas project and sorry I’d missed it. She doesn’t owe anyone one damn thing, let alone an explanation.

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  672. The problem with critics is that to often they have forgotten to research the subject they are criticising! As for poverty, well it’s by degrees. We haven’t had a holiday in years and we both work. Every penny we earn goes to service our mortgage and our debts. We go from shop to shop selecting the most economical goods in food and household necessities and we see other people on welfare benefits, who go on holiday and have three cars and who stagger under the weight of their shopping bags from one of the cars to the house and we feel mad as hell. And then we read the posts by the Bloggess and we don’t feel so mad. And do you know what, as dumb and as poor as I am (financially speaking) I don’t begrudge people who earn their money whether it is through the daily slog of a job, or a celebrity, because someone is out there willing to pay them and if they are getting paid for doing whatever it is they are doing, then that’s fine by me.

    One day someone might pay me megabucks and then I too would hope to be as quietly altruistic as someone like Jenny

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  673. @jenny @oregonbird: This post made me laugh out loud, and I’ll admit that I also thought, “I’d never spend $300 on a mangy death battle scene…probably.” But I love that Jenny does, and that she makes people so happy in the process. I love it so much that I promise to buy something from one of her advertisers as soon as I get a job. So everyone wins! Except for Jeff. I think he’s about to lose the love of his life (death?) to a mammal.

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  674. Right now it’s simply fashionable to hate people who are doing well, no matter how hard they worked to get there. I see it all the time, and it really saddens me. I don’t think anyone should ever apologize for working hard or for trying to accomplish big goals. Anyone who criticizes that is a lost soul.

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  675. @oregonbird.
    I definitely hear where you are coming from and you might remember that in Xmas just gone the minions that follow The Bloggess gifted over $40,000 to those in need. Most of them also readers of the blog. Jenny’s humour brings us all together and once in a while a miracle happens. Beyond that though she has served as an example of courage and compassion that helped and guided me to a better place in my life. At a time when my thoughts were at there darkest my connection to this community is what I credit for helping me through the most. I’ve even had a relationship and fell in love with a commenter that I connected with on this blog. How cool is that. Her creativity with the english language has improved my lexicon immensely as well. Shit-snacks is my new favourite expression.
    I don’t wish to make lite of your situation because I have been there myself. But I personally need Jenny to be Jenny. Not Mother Teresa. That is how she helps me the most. I seriously hope that things get better for you.

    Craig.
    Fellow Minion.
    PS. This is not a criticism of @oregonbird. I hope you take this in the spirit intended. Because you rock too.

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  676. having been in both the scrounging for coins to pay the bills and having the money to buy whatever I want situations, I can say, because I not my husband worked my ass off for it. Oregon bird I am sorry you are going through a rough patch but keep going. Oh and lay off Jenny.
    Jenny we love you hurry up and write another post I check here every day for my dose of laughter

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  677. Nicely done, Jenny! You are right on the money with your response. You’ve been blessed with the ability to make people laugh and that is an AWESOME gift! When we read your blog, we are allowed, for a few minutes, to forget our own lives and embrace the craziness of yours. Thank you for your blog. Thank you for your humor. Thank you for being The Bloggess!

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    AimeetheGreat

    Anyone who criticizes the BEYONCE purchase should remember it’s her husbands fault. Because he wouldn’t let her get towels. Duh.

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  679. Well done. Thank you, Jenny.

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  680. I am always surprised at how ridiculous you are. Ridiculously funny, witty and charming. But in a second, after doing something crazy and expressing it with some of the most creative combinations of profanity, you turn around and write a post (or in this case, a comment) that is poignant, touching, and makes me cry.

    I’m highly accustomed to laughing so hard I pee or cry from reading your posts, but these little moments where you show your ‘good’ side are my hands-down favorite.

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  681. I love how you gracefully took the high road here. I was raised in the ghetto of Philadelphia, so my “Fuck you bitch! I work my ass off and I’ll spend my money on whatever the fuck I want. Isn’t this America??” response might be a little too harsh. However, it does piss me off that you have to explain youself to someone who thinks they know how you should spend your money better than you do.

    PS: Ross rocks!!

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  682. You’re my hero.

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  683. I was adopted in the 1960s by parents who grew up in the Great Depression. So I guess I am old fashioned (I believe the hip term is old school) but my ever-frugal folks raised me that, unless I’m paying someone’s bills, how someone spends money his/her is none of my business.

    That said, Oregonbird, I am sympathetic that this shitty economy has caused people you care about such pain. And I think in this world of Internet rudeness, you voiced your concern with class. Jenny, as always, answered with class.

    However, we may want to consider that if no one ever spends any money the economy will remain in the crapper. We need to support each other, buy products that are made and sold by real people so they can pay their bills, and avoid going into significant debt while doing it.

    For what it’s worth, that was the lesson I learned from my elderly, Depression-era parents.

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  684. PPS. The Repiblican in me is fuming right now. I need to walk away from the computer before i get banned from this blog, lol!

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  685. I read about Beyonce the chicken when I was in a really low point in my life. We had just moved 15 hours from family, from the South into the Northeast (kind of) where it snowed the weekend after we moved into our house. I laughed until I started crying. A good cry that I needed. Then, I emailed my mom the blog link and she laughed until she cried. We both started chatting about how there were times in our lives, in dealing with our respective spouses, we could have really used a Beyonce.

    Night before last, I came back to your blog and read this post. I started laughing until I was snorting so hard, my husband and oldest son thought something was seriously wrong with me. I quickly emailed my mom the link and told my husband, “you just wouldn’t understand.” Again, it came at a time when the stresses of the world were crashing down on me and I needed a way to escape, if only for a few minutes.

    Thank you, Jenny, for making me laugh, for making me forget my problems…and for being you.

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  686. Can I say how absolutely ridiculous it is that someone has the Gaul to tell you how you should or shouldnt spend your money. You work for it, you spend it however you want. If everyone looked around their houses they would see things they don’t need and would see things they just wanted such as computers and Internet to obviously read your blogs. I enjoy your writing and I love when you buy things for fun because who else would’ve thought of that? It’s awesome and you do not have to explain yourself. If they don’t like to see what you do then they can sign off and not read it. Simple fix! Can’t wait to see your next fun purchase and how it affects your family. Love it!

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  687. Downers of the world, I smite thee with furious happiness, empowered by The Bloggess!

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  688. Funny, it just occurred to me that the comments from Oregonbird are the personal, one-on-one version of the president’s insisting that those with means have no right to enjoy their wealth unless they’re willing to share with those who have less than them. Seems a bit absurd from the street view, doesn’t it?

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  689. I just read orgegonbird’s comment and your reply. I think that you should both be commended for your sensitivity. Oregonbird had valid points and you addressed them fully and with sincerity and compassion. Thank you for that.

    In regards to Beyonce and the horrifying frozen death match – hysterical! While I have not noticed any stuffed animal gladiators since reading this post, I have noticed quite a few metal chickens and/or roosters hanging about. It’s like an optical illusion that you finally see – now that I’m aware of metal chickens, they are freakin’ EVERYWHERE! It’s as if Hitchcock re-cast The Birds with Beyonces.

    You have been warned.

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  690. You are freaking hysterical, I want to be you when I grow up. Why wait? I can dress up for Halloween, I am totally you this year! I’m not even going to tell my husband, I will just surprise him.

    About your post, I was with you on the chicken, but that snake and mongoose are scary looking at the pic.

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  691. jenny, you have no idea how much joy my beyonce replica has brought me. my nanny and i both follow you faithfully (sorta like a demigod, that’s normal, right?) ya, your 6 ft beyonce was kinda expensive, but holy shit, if you could just see the smiles on my face every time trish (the nanny) leaves me a sticky note on beyonce. beyonce is a reminder that this life isn’t sooo bad. there is always something to smile about. even if it’s smiling about victor and his damn hand towels. when you share your life with us, you share your family, and it makes each of us feel a little less alone. a little less panic stricken. waiting on miniature copernicus for stocking stuffers this year.

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  692. Jenny made a great point in her comment on why she does what she does, “… but also because of the emails I get from people telling me that these posts help them forget the trauma they’re going through right now”. I have an 8 yr old daughter with many many disabilities and she is medically fragile (I also have 2 teenage daughters but that is a whole separate kind of trauma). When we were rushed to the hospital little more than a month ago (yet again), as I was sitting next to her bed in the Special Care Unit praying for her to just “not die” I grabbed my laptop and went straight to The Bloggess. I needed the laugh. I needed the escape. I love that Jenny buys the crazy, silly items most of us would never have the guts to get. Then we get to read about the fiasco that will be sure to ensue from said crazy purchase. We do not have much money what with all the medical bills and missed time from work but it never once occurred to me that Jenny should have to justify a seemingly frivolous purchase because the money would be better spent on more serious matters. Please! Life is serious enough, grab the funny where you can get it and hold on tight!

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  693. 699
    Captain Heinybottom

    What? You make enough money to buy nice things?!?! HOW DARE YOU!!! I think the whole point of life is to keep striving to be better, do better, and make things better for others..WHEN YOU CAN. Its kinda that whole ‘I grew up in a refrigerator box so I want my kid to at least have a two-car refrigerator box so I am going to push him/her to color inside the lines rather than that scribble all over the picture shyt he/she is trying to pull. I dont spend good money so my child can have pictures of Barney ‘sharing’ his love out behind the woodshed just so he/she can give me a colorful plate of spaghetti!’

    I think I lost track of what I was trying to put across. If you want frivalous goofy stuff… buy it. Throw a couple of bucks at the Santa at the door on the way out. And what alot of ppl dont want to say is… Alot of ppl in financial distress now because of poor decisions on their own parts.

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  694. Just when I think the urge to French-kiss The Bloggess has abated, she responds to a sincere comment in a profound way and shows us all how much humor and courtesy can do … which makes me just want to French-kiss her MORE.

    My husband is okay with it, if he can have a commemorative photograph.

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  695. Jenny your are the queen of the 4 L’s
    Live
    Laugh
    Love
    and Light ’em on Fire

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  696. WOW! First of all I have to say ‘WHERE THE HELL HAVE YOU BEEN ALL MY LIFE’ AND WHY I HAVE NOT FOUND YOUR BLOG TILL NOW!!! Now that I found you I feel like I have found my long lost twisted sister. I have spent the whole weekend reading nothing but your blog, so far I am back to January 2009(or 08, I can’t remember) and you have totally inspired my long squashed twisted soul to come out and play. I feel like she has been hidden for so long and she has just been bursting at the seams to get the hell out. My whole family is looking at me in a whole new set of eyes since I have completely turned off my filter and I’m quite sure that they don’t understand a sentence that has come out of my mouth and are ready to throw me in a padded room….but that’s ok!

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  697. If you had let your child go hungry that week so you could afford the death-match scene, you might deserve a good talkin’ to. You spend money you had on something you wanted? Fuck ’em.

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  698. Jenny, not only are you funny and clever, but also kind and good-hearted. Your response to Oregonbird demonstrated that fully. Your posts are always an entertaining escape and I swear make you feel like family. (I have a quirky family.)

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  699. Jenny — great response. Don’t ever stop buying silly things – you sure as hell don’t have to justify it. Another point that can be made is that whenever we buy something, silly or not, we *are* helping others. If we didn’t buy anything, people wouldn’t have jobs, homes or clothes. Even in buying that cobra/mongoose, Jenny helped someone with a shop keep running their business (which they probably dreamed of having and want to keep), employing others who need jobs. Then these folks have money to pay for their house, clothes, food for themselves and their children.

    I’m not wealthy at all – I work for the state of TX, for crying out loud. I’m a bleeding heart liberal, and I have been in a place once where I had to scrap together spare change to buy groceries. But I sure as hell want people to spend their money so other people can have money so they can go spend it so other people can have money, and on and on.

    If anyone wants to rag on anyone about how they handle their money, go rag on the banks that got a huge handout from taxpayers, yet refuse to let go of that money to stimulate the economy. There’s a whole bunch of folks ragging on that right now.

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    pissyrabbit

    Jenny- I feel sad that you even felt that you had to justify spending your money on what you want to spend it on. Dont even get me started because ive been in your shoes and my answer was not nearly as graceful as yours (“I am going to spend so much fucking money on trying to have a kid that your head would explode if you knew just how much.”)
    The whole idea that if someone is doing well, people feel it is their duty (even if it is ever so politely) to dress them down for it seems to be a topic of discussion lately.
    I read this yesterday and it hits the nail on the head so beautifully:
    http://www.mrmoneymustache.com/2011/10/07/how-to-tell-if-youre-a-complainypants/

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  701. Thank you, Jenny. ’nuff said….

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  702. Usually, when I read your blogs, I have tears of laughter in my eyes. Reading your touching response to criticism made me tear up in another way. You have so much class and integrity; instead of responding in a snarky way, you calmly showed what a positive force for good you are in this world. If I had the money, I would buy everything in your store. More so, because I know you use those funds to help people. Really help people. I also keep trying to convince my husband we need to buy a giant metal chicken to keep the giant metal chicken makers in business. I mean, giant metal chicken makers need jobs too, right?

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  703. I have to say that I’m actually a little disappointed. when I saw the first picture, I actually thought it was like a great big huge “pythony” sized snake. With a large chupacabra. And so I imagined it to be way bigger. More Beyonce sized. THAT – would have been cool. It was actually a bit of a let down to see the real life scale of them was like – cat sized.

    So I’m going to pretend they are still ginormous.

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  704. Ok- I’m going to briefly jump in here. My husband lost his job 3 months ago, through no fault of his own. In any case, as many of you can imagine and idenitfy with, much stress and emotional trauma ensued, what with the eco