Not much of a surprise, really.

Conversation with Victor at a flea market:

me:  Ooh, look.  A severed snake head inside a glass egg.

Victor:  I think that’s a crystal ball.  It says your future is all full of rattlesnakes.

me:  Huh.  What’s yours full of?

Victor:  Also rattlesnakes.

me:  Aw.  At least we have each other

Victor:  Yes.  Us and all these angry rattlesnakes.  How incredibly comforting.


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  1. Dude, that’s Nagini’s head after Neville chopped it off. BUY NOW.

  2. Dang! I want Nagini’s head. Wonder if I can find it in GA?

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  3. You bought it, right? This one you couldn’t leave behind.

  4. make Lucius Malfoy feel like a punk ass bitch – put THIS on the top of a pimp cane. *nods sagely*

  5. Is there something wrong with me that I want that? It would make a hell of a Christmas present for the aunt I don’t like very much.

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  6. My Opa had a giant ‘paperweight’ – a glass hemisphere with a rattlesnake head in it. For the longest time after he died & my family inherited it, it was used as a door stop for the bathroom at my parents house. I lost track of it. Now you have made me want to look for it again, and if nobody is using it, I want it. Thank you, Jenny, for reminding me what is really important in family – who gets the severed-snake-head-in-glass.

  7. My babysitter had one of those when I was growing up. So I’m not sure if I’m full of fear or nostalgia.

  8. Let’s hope there’s no ereptile dysfunction in your future.

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    Michael Berrier

    You have the best flea markets. We never get severed rattlesnake heads in crystal balls in San Diego.

  10. I feel like it would be wrong for you to leave Sir Hiss-A-Lot behind in a flea market. I mean, it’s the holidays!

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  11. Thanks for this morning’s heart attack and tonight’s nightmares. I see a need for Xanax in my future.

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  12. The only thing that would make it better would be if it were a snow globe.

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  13. You know…like Sir Mix-A-Lot, but he’s a snake:
    I like big fangs and I cannot lie…
    You other snakes can’t deny…yadaydadayada

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  14. I’m very slightly disappointed as I had expected the end of this to be “and of course I bought it.”

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  15. 1. Sharon wins the Internet. 😀

    2. Pretty sure that beheaded snake is going to send me back to therapy.

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  16. He’s not comforted by that? Maybe if the snake wore a hat.

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  17. I wish flea markets here were half as interesting.

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  18. Did you buy it?!

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  19. Holy Crap! Your Flea Markets are so much more interesting than the ones here in Southern California.

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  20. I needed a lunchtime helping of LOL, thanks Jenny 🙂

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  21. a dead rattlesnake is a good rattlesnake

  22. I just woke up from a nap…something I NEVER get to do..and found my future is full of rattlesnakes

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  23. And they’re ANGRY Rattlesnakes. Would it kill the Rattlesnakes to get an attitude adjustment? I mean, I know they’ve been decapitated but still.

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  24. would have been better as a snowglobe

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  25. He doesn’t look angry to me. He looks like he’s smiling. So you have happy rattlesnakes in your future. Which might be worse because nothing good can come from something that makes a group of rattlesnakes happy.

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  26. That is an angry rattlesnake. Of course, if the last thing I ever saw was someone coming toward me with a machete and a glass ball, I’d probably be pretty pissed off, too.

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  27. I, for one, welcome our new Future Angry Rattlesnake masters.

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  28. I need something put in this photo for scale. Just how big is this severed rattlesnake head?
    I’d like to know what I am up against in my future…

    (It could swallow a small adults hand. Start running now. ~ Jenny)

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  29. I just want to say what a comfort it is to me that I’m not alone in my quest for things that others find weird and off-putting. Love it. One of my most prized possessions is a pair of beautifully framed taxidermied bats.

  30. It’s OK. My future is full of stoats. So is my present.

  31. Having had several baby rattlesnakes in my house over the years, I am not amused by this fortune!

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  32. Wah! I couldn’t look at that all day. If there’re rattle snakes in my future, I’d rather not know.

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    Heather Greywolf

    OMG OMG OMG!!!!!!!!!!! They used to SELL these in the store near me as a kid!! Lechmere (a New England chain of retail stores) had these along with butterflies. (So you could either use the embodiment of sweet innocence or venomous death to hold your papers still.) I remember wanting one of these *SO BADLY* when I was a kid and my parents thought I was freaky and morbid and wouldn’t buy it for me. PLEASE tell me you bought this, Jenny … my childhood dream has to live on SOMEWHERE!!!

  34. He’s very bitey.

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  35. I wonder if it’s that large for real, or if the glass makes it look bigger.

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  36. Gah, I’m stuck here in the Austin ‘burbs and I nevereverever find *anything* remotely that fan-damn-fabulous! I’m still bummed that my daughter swiped my alligator skulls and refuses to let me put their elf hats on for the holidays. I think the least she could do is get me something like a herpetological crystal sphere!!

  37. Your commenters are some of the most clever people I’ve ever read in my life. Sometimes they are better than the post itself (not because your posts are bad, OBVIOUSLY, but because the comments are just that good).

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  38. Hi Jenny,
    I ran across this Pinterest board and thought of you

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    Mike Richards

    Okay can I get a broad idea of sense of scale (ahem) here? I mean is that thing like a glass marble in which case I can relax, or more like the big rolling ball that chased Indiana Jones in Raiders (which he’d totally hate if it was filled with snakes)?

  40. Please, please, PLEASE tell me you bought this!

    (Sadly, I did not buy this. I didn’t have enough cash on me at the time and when I came back the next week it was gone. I can only hope it went to someone who saw cake and booze inside it. ~ Jenny)

  41. This totally beats the preserved tarantula in a jar that my father had when I was a kid.

  42. Oh no! Is that what happened to Tiberios? (

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  43. FUCK YEAH!
    You Texas people have the most awesome flea market shit. We get broken hockey sticks and smelly couches, and you have all the fun.

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  44. Now that we’ve all seen it, I think this means everyone’s future is full of rattlesnakes.

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  45. Please tell me you bought Nagini’s head

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  46. Have a “friend” that is in desperate need of a nightmare and/or heart attack?? Get this and leave on the table next to their bed, for a fun filled morning!

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  47. I would straight up give that to someone as a gag gift this Christmas. But if I gave it to a Harry Potter fan, I could just put it on a base with a special plaque that said “Nagini’s head.” That’s how I save Christmas in my dreams.

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  48. My father had a stuffed and mounted piranha on his desk for years, which was given to him by a coworker. My father was also a lawyer. Thinking there may be a connection between those two things…

  49. I have to agree with Sean and Snod – Snow Globe Snake Head would make my life utterly complete. Jenny, please tell me you bought it?

  50. Did you buy it????? That’s the million dollar question. 😉

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  51. Is there a globe with his tail and rattle? Now THAT would be awesome. Then your future could be full of rattlesnake rattlers.

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  52. I love you and Victor more and more! I’m sorry you didn’t get to add this to the collection.

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  53. @ Megan M,
    Texans know that the rattles were turned into jewelry and the body became stew.

  54. The first thing that popped into my head was “well, at least it isn’t the Headless Horseman.” Which makes somewhat less sense than rattlesnakes in your future (I mean, you DO live in a state with a rattlesnake population…I’m 99% certain I do not live in a state with Headless Horsemen, but I’m not 100% sure).

    Obviously I need more wine today.

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  55. i never considered dead stuffed things as a home decorating option until i started reading your blog. thanks for opening up some options for me!!!

  56. Seeing stuff like this (Reptiles) makes me glad to live up north now. I am from Florida, where there are a lot of REAL snakes. Here in Ohio, people point to these worm-like creatures and call them snakes. Um, you don’t know snakes.

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  57. I wish we had cool flea markets. Ours just sell stolen power tools and bicycles, daishikis, feathered roach-clips, and 50-cent paperbacks. Psychic taxidermy…totally rad.

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  58. So if your future is full of rattlesnakes, does this mean you’re heading into politics next?

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  59. Oh my gosh. I’m having trouble imagining who thought of this idea. “Snake!! Kill it! Kill it-Kill it- KILL IT!! KILLLLLLITTTTOMIGAWDITALMOSTGOTME!!!”


    “Hey. Let’s save the head in this old snow globe thingee.”

    Yeah…Good times.

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  60. None of this stuff ever seems to appear at our flea markets in Florida. Any kind of gator part you could want, yes, but never in crystal balls.

  61. Just saw this and had to share with you. They are truly hideous!

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  62. If you didn’t quite want to commit to the snake’s head, I have a sucker with a scorpion in it you can have. I’d give it to you for free.

    I don’t know what it would say about your future though.

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    Sorry about that. The spirit moved me.

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  64. I typically support your flea market purchases and am quite jealous of them, but I’m not sure I support this… I’m probably going to have nightmares just from seeing it! Did you actually buy it?

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  65. What I want to know is, what kind of crazy ass stores do you shop in? I never see such goodies available, just boring old sweaters and such. Do you think you need anymore craziness in your life, because if you do, well, then by all means buy it. After all, it is this same craziness that keeps you in business. Just sayin’…

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  66. I have one of these, although not as round shaped, mine is more egg shaped. I don’t remember where I bought it new, although on the bottom it still has the sticker saying “Nature Gems” plus some blah, blah, blah. He resides on top of our stereo speaker.

  67. That is the most awesome thing EVER.

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  68. My husband has the snake crystal ball on his dresser (from when he lived in Texas). One year he made Christmas tree ornaments out of real rattlesnake keychains. Kind of awesome if hard to describe.

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  69. By the way, how much were they wanting for it? Oh, no particular reason, no reason at all. *whistles innocently *

  70. Ah well, I hope it went to a buyer who could make better use of the warning.

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  71. Evidently, I need to get my ass to the flea market.

    I really had NO idea.

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  72. My dad used to work in fiberglass and he and his buddies would encase random things in the resin for fun. We used to have spiders and flies and all manners of things. Wish we had kept them. They grossed me out and amused me at the same time.

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  73. Rattlesnakes are in your future too. We’re so lucky.

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    John Kirkpatrick

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  75. That would be a cool “stick shift” ball….or whatever they’re called. T:)

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  76. “The Rattlesnake Prophecy is the physical sign in the sky that the End Time is upon us.”

    At least we were together in the end.

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  77. I guess I know my future now…..I have one of those on my entertainment center in my living room. And other than a possible dead mouse carcass in the vent system…that would be my only tribute to the dead animal gods. Wow….I thought mine was unique.

  78. Someone in my family (I can’t remember who) had one of these. Maybe my future is full of rattlesnakes too.

  79. Y’all DO live in Texas. There are many rattlesnakes there.

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  80. My dad used to have one these. I wonder what happened to it, but not enough to care.

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  81. 82
    Ashley Blake

    I’ve read your book (repeatedly). As I recall, your past has more than a normal share of rattlesnake encounters. Since your present has snake heads in glass, I think your future looks pretty good.

  82. There is something seriously awesome about a crystal ball with a snake head in it.

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  83. Wondering what to give the person who has everything at Christmas? Give head.

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  84. That’s not a rattlesnake… That’s A BASILISK!

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  85. If you shake it does it snow venom? Venom Globe.

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  86. I used to feel a bit sorry for Victor. I don’t know how you did it, but he is turning into YOU! Way to go, Jenny.

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  87. Where can I find one of those badass rattlesnakes in a ball things? …For some reason I want one now…I’m adding this to my ‘Christmas List of things people will probably never bother trying to buy for me’.

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  88. 89
    crazed italian

    Please tell me you bought it….if not please tell them I must have that! It’s perfect for my evil grandmother.

  89. Why do the rattlesnakes in your future have to be angry? I mean unless you plan on doing something to piss off a bunch of snakes…not recomended.

    BTW the magic snake-head-egg-thing totally did you a favour by telling you about your future with snakes. Now you can plan to keep your future snakes happy. (Maybe start raising rats now.)

    Then it’ll only be the snakes in Victor’s future that are angry. And its totally his fault for expecting angry snakes…and neglecting to raise rats.

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  90. That is the sort of thing my students bring in for show and tell. except not rattlesnakes cos we don’t have them in Australia. I make them leave them outside in the port racks in case they suddenly come to life.

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  91. Love your work!

  92. A friend of mine has one! We were thrifting together and I found it on a shelf, grabbed it and tracked her down to say “I think this needs to go home with you.” His name is Jeffrey, and his home is on her bookshelf.

  93. eBay shows one of these sold for sixty bucks in September. Searched but couldn’t find a snow globe version as suggested by several commenters. Rattlesnake Snow Globe would be DA BOMB,

  94. So you’re moving to Sweetwater?

    The Rattlesnake Roundup is awesome.

    If you like being ass-deep in rattlers.

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  95. During high school, I worked at a summer camp outside of Yosemite for a few years. I was on the maintenance crew, and part of our job was to kill any rattlesnakes in the camp. We did. And then cooked them up and ate them. They taste like chicken. (Unfortunately, I didn’t keep any heads.)

    Anyhow, I’m hoping that crystal ball means my past had the rattlesnakes, not my future.

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  96. I’m pretty sure my PRESENT is full of rattlesnakes. Metaphorically, anyway.

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  97. Is Texas The Promised Land? Bc I’m starting to think it may be. Other than the poorly taxidermied “tail” and rattle my dad created after killing a rattler in my childhood, my life has been alarming rattle snake free.

  98. It would be quite frightening to wake up near that!

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  99. What a science project!

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  100. See the following website….I think the crystal ball belonged to Misty Moser….after opening her frozen beans, she sold the crystal ball immediately. Don’t look in the ball…it’s like ‘the Ring’ only bitier.


    (If that doesn’t work, google Misty Moser snake)

  102. So your future is full of rebirth/renewal/change? Pretty damn cool, if you ask me.

  103. I just love how I can forget all about this blog, return weeks, months, or even a year later, and it’s like no time has passed. At. All. You kill me.

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  104. I wonder if I had something like that if it would scare away the live snakes that keep trespassing in my house. Like, “THIS is what happens to snakes around here, asshole.”

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  105. I love antique stores and flea martkets. Got an amazing ceramic holiday tree covered in pug dogs on my last foray.

    I always wonder just what was in a person’s head when they decided to create something. Like what burning need was there for a snake head in a glass ball? Or even a ceramic tree covered in pug dogs. 🙂

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  106. I think Victor was saying “I know you’re going to want this so I GIVE IN NOW. That way I WIN.”

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  107. ‘Nagini’?

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  108. So, I guess the real question is: Did you buy it?! If you did, you could send it to an unsuspecting reader! Could be lots of fun!

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  109. My husband’s cousin lives in Nebreska and kills rattlesnakes all the time. He might not mind having a future of them if he could stop having them in the present.

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  110. I have one of these. When I was younger, I used to think it was going to come to life and destroy me/my happiness. Yes, it was just going to burst right out of that ball and hop around and kill me. Totally possible.

    Also, speaking of Nagini here in the comments, we have a very large snake at the school where I work that the children have decided to name Nagini. I’m so proud.

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    Linda Turner

    just wondered if you’ve seen this…seems to be right up your alley!

  112. My husband, the snake-phobic dude whom I just tricked into looking at this post, asks me to pass along the following sentiment: Screw you, Jenny. I, however, want to thank you for probably the single biggest laugh I’ve had in days. Except, maybe, when he went careening out of control sliding down our driveway on his butt while on his way to break the dog’s water back into a liquid state earlier today. Because ice and Texas probably shouldn’t mix but it sure is funny when they do.

    Oh, and he didn’t mean it when he said “screw you.” Well, maybe a little because he does hate snakes a lot. But mostly he didn’t mean it. I mean, he’s actually a big fan and mostly you make him laugh (and dude does NOT laugh much). He just gets all grumpy and hyperventillatey about snakes. Especially when I hit him with surprise snakes.

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    Heather Brill-Lehn
  114. Gotta love the solidarity! But seriously, why is there a snake’s head in a crystal ball?? And why has more than one person in the comments seen this before?? Weirdness.

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  115. I printed this picture off and hung it in my office’s kitchen next to people’s Christmas cards and family hoop-la. It was ripped down in the first 24 hours. I am sad, but also inspired to hang up a dozen each week until a PSA goes out about the snake-crystal-ball-bandit.

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    Have you seen this thing? Victor! You could set a new standard for your wife’s best present ever! Victor! Why are you giving me that look?

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    Samantha Gibson

    I seriously hope that one day my future husband and I have conversations like this.

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