Joan Crawford“Millions of words can be written– and have been–about how to look lovely. But there’s a final element that no amount of exercising, dieting, or mirror watching can give you. Charm.

Charm isn’t something you can turn on like a tap with a pretty little girl simper. It isn’t anything phony that you can pick up at the door on your way out, along with your coat. You know, animals can spot a phony faster than most people. I mistrust people who don’t like animals or understand them: how one dog can be snooty, one cat imperious, one dog beguiling, one cat sitting there quietly checking on you. Any wise little cat or dog knows at a glance whether your charm is real or manufactured for the occasion– and treats you accordingly. ”

Joan Crawford, My Way of Life, Simon and Schuster, New York.

Artificially Produced Animal Behavior


“A striking example of artificially produced animal behavior has come about as a by-product of drug research. Pharmacologist Peter Witt discovered that spiders spin strange, misshapen webs when they are under the influence of drugs. Each drug compels the spider to produce a different type of web, and in its behavior the spider shows an eerie resemblance to disorientations experienced by human beings under the same drug. The graphlike webs can accurately identify the type of drug much more quickly than the usual lengthy laboratory analysis could.

Pervitin, Benzedrinelike stimulant, makes the spider too impatient to circle the center. It spins only in one small area.

Choral hydrate, the barman’s “Mickey Finn,” puts the spider to sleep after it has completed only a small part of its web.

Caffeine produces the arachnid equivalent to human coffee nerves, making the spider spin a haphazard tangle of threads.

Lysergic acid induces acute concentration, the spider zealously weaves a perfect web, greatly improving on nature.”

Animal Behavior, LIFE Nature Library, by Niko Tinbergen and The Editors of LIFE, Time Incorporated, New York, 1965.

Great White Shark Headmount

Great White Shark


This mounted great white shark head was caught by Clive Green in April of 1975 off the coast of Albany Australia. The shark weighed 2622 pounds and measured 15’9″. The actual jaws were used in this mount– the teeth are REAL. The fiberglass head is professionally done, extremely realistic, superb coloration. This shark also has the distinction of being the last legal great white shark jaw/mount exported from Australia to the U.S. under the Environment Australia Management Authority. Copies of this Export/Import CITES permit are included with this purchase.

… We have consulted with several experts in the field to determine the true value of this most rare item. We were advised there were two ways to do this: ONE being the removal of the jaw from the mount (taking approximately 6 months and $3500 to accomplish)…

OPTION TWO: Selling it as a rare one-of-a-kind collectible, leaving it intact, which we have decided to do. Out of respect to the shark, we felt this was the most honorable thing to do.

$19,500 plus actual Fedex insured freight.

Mounted on varnished solid wood display piece, weighs 73 pounds. Measures 34″ tall x 30″ wide x 35″ from wall mount. Largest primary teeth measure a full 2-1/16″ long.”

From Tell Me Where on Earth.com

Martin Kippenberger Selects Franz Marc’s Horses

Horse in a landscape

Martin Kippenberger: “My parents always took us five children into the Folkwang Museum in Essen. My father would start a competition among us to find the best picture in the place. The winner would get one Deutsch-Mark from him. Naturally we always picked out the picture we thought he would like best, not the one that would have been important to us. We were influenced in this choice by what hung in our own living room, which meant it didn’t take us long for us to choose Franz Marc’s horses. In the end each of us got one Deutsch-Mark. This didn’t exactly help us to think freely. Father just wanted to feel he was right. And he paid his own children for that by using the side alley of art. And we gave him what we wanted. But I saw through this immediately. That’s the way our general understanding of art functions today. Don’t open anything up. Go to a museum and think yourself free?! Ridiculous. The pictures just can’t accomplish this.”

Martin Kippenberger Ten years after, Angelika Muthesius, Hrsg./ Ed. Taschen, Taschen, 1991. 

Franz Marc, Horse In Landscape, 1910

Baby Jumbo, the Daily Mirror Elephant Attends Queen Alexandra’s Garden Party

Jumbo birthday Party

“Baby Jumbo, the Daily Mirror Elephant, entering Marlborough House to attend Queen Alexandra’s garden party.”

Mailed October 9, 1912, to Miss Phyllis Craven, “The Johannesburg.” Grand Parade, Brighton.

“My dear little Phyllis,

Thank you so much for your post card, you sent me, I have not forgotten to write to you this time. This is Baby Jumbo, The Daily Mail Elephant, which was at Weston-Super-Mare, when Marjorie & I were. I thought you would like it. Lots of love & kisses, Alice.”

Tattoos and Their Meanings, presented by the Canada Border Services Agency

RScarab_Cartouche_of_Thutmosis_III_from_KarnakUSSIAN PRISON TATTOOS CAT: A cat tattoo represents a prisoner’s life as a thief. A single cat signifies that the criminal acted alone, while several cats together show that the criminal was part of a gang. The head of a tomcat is considered good luck for a thief. It can also serve as a warning, as it signifies a dangerous criminal who hates law enforcement, especially if worn on the chest. Source The Russian Criminal Tattoo Encyclopaedia Volume II.
SCARAB BEETLE: This is a Russian criminal tattoo, most likely from prison. The scarab beetle is a symbol of good luck for thieves (so-called protection). The tattoo symbolizes a pickpocket.Definition provided by Vancouver Police Department.

BIRDS ON HORIZON: The bearer likes freedom and is escape-minded. An image of birds flying over the horizon means “I was born free and should be free.”
Source The Russian Criminal Tattoo Encyclopaedia Volume I.  
SPIDER WEB: A spider web often represents time spent in prison and/or time spent caught in the web of the “gang lifestyle” that is inescapable. It may also represent the beginning of a gang lifestyle.

Tattoos and Their Meanings, presented by the Canada Border Services Agency Organized Crime Section, National Headquarters, May 2008.


Photograph Scarab Cartouche of Thutmosis III from Karnak temple of Amun-Ra, Egypt, Chiswick Chap June 7, 2009.