Visiting the Museum of Natural History
If you’re anything like us here at the Kasper Stromman Design Blog, you love places full of taxidermied animals. So what if I told you there’s a place full of them called the Finnish Museum of Natural History? That would be amazing, right?
And yes, there are obviously places like this to be found all over the world. But what makes this place special is that all the animals were taxidermied by drunk craftsmen.
The animal above is some kind of deer, but to add some flair the taxidermists made it look really stupid.
Next they created the the “tongue bear”. Only eats by licking things.
Yeah right. Completely made up animal, by the way.
“Hey, what if we made a cow that lives in the jungle and has a really, really long tongue? How fun would that be?”
“Yeah man, let’s do that! And then go for a beer run.”
“Ha ha. Nice one! Now let’s make a polar bear tripping into a hole in the ice. Boing!”
Knowing this you’d think the main attraction of the museum – the two-headed calf – would be some kind of result of a particularly mischievious night at the taxidermist’s workshop.
But interestinly enough this is an actual failure since they started out with the a three-headed calf but didn’t manage to get it quite right.
But the Museum of Natural History is so much more than just old animals – let’s not forget plantlife.
Sometimes when we try to draw trees here at the Kasper Stromman Design Blog they turn out like the ones above.
Fun fact: did you know that in the 1930s there used to be a taxidermied giraffe in the museum’s collection, but it has since disappeared and nobody knows how?
These little fellows are Admiral Ackbar’s children though.
The Museum can also boast the world’s longest row of privy-style toilets. This room keeps the windows open at all times, also during the winter months.
You think we made that last bit up? So what’s this then?
Poo. That’s what.
But this is genuinely interesting: this Bowerbird will collects pieces of blue stuff to line it’s nest just in order to impress female Bowerbirds. That’s crazy.
Thank you, Museum of Natural History.