Wednesday, April 2, 2014

AtoZ Boxing Squirrels

Hi AtoZers! Welcome back to Tongue In Cheek for day 2 of the Challenge. You're pretty intrepid if you returned after yesterday's Polkapocalypse. Today we have another look back at the best of Tongue In Cheek with squirrels going at it mano y mano. Yes, squirrels in the square ring. Dead, of course.


Boxing Squirrels

Yes, squirrel boxing. Taxidermy style.

Apparently, some time around the 1930's it became popular to mount dead squirrels in a boxing ring, wearing trunks.

These coveted works of art are difficult to find, but they came to my attention because a gentleman in my area listed one for sale on Craigslist.

For $250.

(That's with the ring.)

Upon further investigation--because, really, how could I not--it was found that there's no limit to what taxidermied squirrels can do. (And apparently no limit to the supply of dead squirrels to do them on.)

As such.

Or even more lethal than rapiers, and my personal favorite.

So, what is it that you would have your taxidermy squirrels engaging in? (And yes, they even have them doing that.)


Andrea said...

Oh. My. Goodness.

Joss said...

This made me smile. I am not sure I would want stuffed squirrels in my own home, but they did give me a chuckle thanks for sharing :)

Tasha Duncan-Drake said...

That's well ... I'm not quite sure what to say - LOL :) That one with the two guns in the last picture looks like a real bruiser ;).
Tasha's Thinkings

Pat Hatt said...

lol well that is a new one. They sure up the anti

Cheryl said...

I'm dying because I'm laughing so hard. My brother-in-law used to have a stuffed wolf in his house that creeped me out every time I was there. They were kind enough to give it sunglasses, so I didn't feel it was staring at me the whole time.

I want to see taxidermy squirrels dressed like KISS onstage.

Hope you'll visit my totally non-humorous post at

Liz Blocker said...

Wait...seriously? This was a real thing? Wow..never underestimate the weirdness of human beings.

S. L. Hennessy said...

Oh my god. I...have no words. That's totally...awesome? I think. Well, it's definitely hilarious. Awesome post. Happy A to Z.

Ava Quinn said...

@Andrea I know, right?

@Joss So glad they did what I intended (make you chuckle, and not creep you out). :P

@Tasha Yeah, I wouldn't want to come across him in a dark forest!

@Pat And I didn't even post half the picture I found!

@Cheryl Never underestimate the considerateness of brothers-in-law! lol! And yes!! Squirrels impersonating KISS. It has to be somewhere on the web. Isn't that internet rule #36?

@Liz I was as astonished as you are.

@S.L. It really does defy speech altogether. Glad you thought it might have been awesome. REALLY glad you stopped in! :) Happy atoz to you too!

Sherry Ellis said...

My dad is a big hunter - and he likes hunting squirrels. I always make fun of him because squirrels seem like a most useless thing to shoot. Well, here's a use for them. I'll have to tell him about these!

Melissa said...


Of course, they would have to be dead. Otherwise you couldn't get them to hold still long enough to shimmy on the cute little trunks.

Hilarious. Just hilarious. :P

IWSG #243, until Alex culls the list again.

Susan Gourley/Kelley said...

I missed this post the first time around because I'm sure I would have never forgotten it. It's so very disturbing though I consider Squirrels as cute vermin.

Marci said...

I love it!!! I'm sure you've heard this before, but The Bloggess is a big fan of awkward taxadermy. I'm sure she'd love to read this post! And I did too (although the last picture didn't show up for me, don't know why). Also, I put your blog on my A to Z Must-Read list! I'm in love with your writing! :o)

Unknown said...

I love squirrels and shouldn't be laughing this hard - but those pictures are hysterical! I especially love the Superman Squirrel! Great post! :)

randi lee said...

Wow! Can't believe this is a real thing!

debi o'neille said...

Cute squirrels, but some of those dead bodies look pretty lively to me. Glad I'm following this blog!

Jamie Dement (LadyJai) said...

I am hooked.
totally and utterly hooked.
I <3 the style, the humor!
You rock!

Jamie Dement (LadyJai)
My A to Z Challenge
Caring for My Veteran

Cathrina Constantine said...

Stuffed animals freak me out!

Ava Quinn said...

@Sherry Lol! Glad I could be of assistance!

@Melissa Lol! Shimmy into the shorts! HA!!

@Sue Glad I found one you haven't read yet! I feel very accomplished now. :)

@Marci The Bloggess is awesome! So glad you like my stuff! Makes me all fuzzy undertones inside! I'm really enjoying your women posts too!!

@Lexa Thanks! Glad you liked it!!

@randi lee You and me both, which of course is why I needed to expose everyone else to it! lol

@debi Those taxidermy squirrels are definitely poetry in non-motion! Glad you're sticking around!! :) Been loving your atoz posts!

@LadyJai Thanks! So glad you're enjoying it!! :)

@Cathrina Sorry to inflict mental duress! Completely unintentional. ;)

Unknown said...

I am freaked out yet I want one. I don't understand these new feelings I'm feeling, thanks to this post. I want to be the creepy lady with the boxing mice. :)

Jeff Laws said...

I looked at the pictures with an "ewe" look but the more I looked at them, I ended up grinning. I really like the Superman (or would it be Supersquirrel).

Ava Quinn said...

@Sarah Glad I can spur new taxidermy pursuits! It's definitely an up and coming hobby. (The sarcasm here at TiC is absolutely free.)

@Jeff Glad you took them in the spirit they were posted. Small taxidermied animals in awkward poses-just one more service I offer!

Lynda Dietz said...

No. Stinkin'. Way.

I can barely see to type because I'm laughing so hard. I don't even know which one is my favorite, but Superman definitely ranks right up there in the top three.

Unknown said...

Well, if one must have taxidermied squirrels, the least they can do is have them doing cool things!
I once saw a taxidermied squirrel used as a bottle holder.
I'm returning your visit to Crazy Town in Looney Land. Thanks for stopping by!

SK Anthony said...

Oh my gosh! I wanna laugh...but I don't wanna laugh...I don't know what to do lol Super-Squirrel takes the lead for me...eeek!

Jessica | A Passion and A Passport said...

Hahaha what a great post! Definitely made me laugh a bit this morning!

It Is Interesting To Note said...

Wow, I have no words...just wow! Maybe now I know what to do with the squirrel corpsess my dog keeps bringing me!

TWW said...


Bevimus said...

This reminds me of Dinner for Schmucks- with Paul Rudd and Steve Carell? Steve's character used mice rather than squirrels, but same difference.

Unknown said...

bahaha! The first thing I thought of was The Bloggess so I'm really glad someone else commented about her, too. It's always nice to know my thought process is still on track. Or, at least, if it's not, then I'm in good company! I'd like to see some squirrels checking books out of a library, or sitting under a tree reading books, or hunched over a typewriter working on the next great novel. And now I'm going to go wash my brain out with soap because there are dead squirrels taking over my thoughts, and I'm pretty sure that's not right! :)

I'm participating in AtoZ, too.
See you around!

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