John Rowley’s Contribution to the World

How to Build a Zebra

Step 1.  Build a zebra frame.


Step 2. Paint to resemble a zebra.


How to Build a Rhinoceros

Step 1.  Build a rhinoceros frame.


Step 2. Paint to resemble a rhinoceros.


How to Build a Wildebeest

Step 1. Take a wild guess.

“The Art of Taxidermy,” 1898, by John Rowley can be found in its entirety here.  The text is fascinating.  I just might download it so I can repair my jackalope head.


[Another excellent find by Hanuman.  Jackalope photo from here.  Also, check out our Archive of Contributions to the World.]

Happy Birthday, Diesel

jiminy-cricket1We first met Mr. D months before we lifted this from Mattress Police.  After heated debate about copyright infringement  (during which I pointed out his own legal transgressions)  we agreed to resolve the matter with my purchase of  a copy of “Tales of the Mattress Police.”  Cost me my penny jar vs. a long expensive legal procedure, and I think the settlement was fair.  Oddly, the tome vanished from sight within days of its arrival at the House of Strutts.

Our revered autographed copy  mysteriously reappeared recently, slightly soiled with suspicious creases in the binding, and with the bookmark postcard above stuck  in the crack between pages 136 & 137.

Anyone not familiar with Diesel’s work needs to read this classic entry.

Happy Birthday from Bunk and our crack team of webminers here at Tacky Raccoons.  Thanks for your advice and encouragement, Rob.  Lub you, man.

Sock Puppetry


Last week, VE (of VE’s Fantastical Nonsense) went on vacation, and axed yours truly and several others to serve as Sock Puppets, to post and respond to comments as VE.  (Bunk had fun on Earth Day.)

VE returned and fessed up today…  in a moment,  the rest of the story

“C’mon! Try it on! Took me a month to make it.”


I think his girlfriend just told him off.

[Found here.]

[Bienvenidos a Papa_Noel y todos sus amigos de España! Echa un vistazo alrededor. -Bunk]

“Okay, so like if we were, like, you know, rabbits and stuff…”


“…and we like were, um, you know, ah, like that.  What?”

[Image from here.  No, I mean maybe it’s like here.]

Saturday Matinee – SCOT TREK, Paris@140mph, 2x (Ol’ 55), Long May You Run.

The laugh track is unfortunate as this dealie is funny by itself.  I’ve got no idea what they’re saying. [Found here.]

“On an August morning in 1978, French filmmaker Claude Lelouch mounted a gyro-stabilized camera to the bumper of a Ferrari 275 GTB and had a friend, a professional Formula 1 racer, drive at breakneck speed through the heart of  Paris early in the morning . The film was limited for technical reasons to 10 minutes; the course was from Porte  Dauphine, through the Louvre, to the Basilica of Sacre Coeur.

“No streets were closed, for Lelouch was unable to obtain a permit. The driver completed the course in about 9 minutes, reaching nearly 140 MPH in some stretches. The footage reveals him running real red lights, nearly hitting real pedestrians, and driving the wrong way up real one-way streets.

“Upon showing the film in public for the first time, Lelouch was arrested. He has never revealed the identity of the driver, and the film went underground.”

[Link and description via email. Apparently it’s been around for a while, but.  Tip o’ the tarboosh to Dan S.]

This was my introduction to Tom Waits, via the Eagles, and I  hated the Eagles from then on.  Looky here:

Ahhh. Yeah. The originals are always the best. Like this one:

The .gif Friday Post No. 77 – Showtime





[Folks, because .gif animations often can’t be traced to their original sources, we don’t credit the collection sites where we find them. If anyone can prove the original sources of any .gif animation posted on Tacky Raccoons, we’ll update posts and give credit. –Bunk]

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