Double Majors Have More Fun

The best theatrical taxidermy story by a biologist!

Explorations Scientific

Bank_vole Bank vole. Photo Credit: Soebe

Shit. I had just inadvertently ripped the tail off the little rodent I was stuffing for my final project in Mammology. In this lab course I was introduced to an interesting group of scientists, who like plenty of other biologists I met, loved animals, but with one important difference: mammologists also loved stuffing them.

I was in the middle of extracting the tail vertebrae from a tiny vole, which is like a rounder version of a mouse, when the accident happened. The thing was, I had been given this particular vole from a collection of rodents trapped as part of a research project, but supplies had run out. If I wanted a vole with an attached tail, I’d either need to go find myself another live one, or draw on the sewing skills from my second major.

In addition to my biology major, which had…

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17th-century cats who don’t have time for this shit

A marvelous collection of literary 17th century cats!

The Social Historian

‘Asses are made to bear, and so are you.’

‘I can calculate the motion of heavenly bodies, but not the madness of people.’


‘I find my familiarity with thee has bred contempt.’

‘You have sat too long here for any good you have been doing. Depart, I say, and let us have done with you. In the name of God, go!’

‘Sit there, clod-pate!’


‘There is in human nature generally more of the fool than of the wise.’


‘What goes up, must come down’.


‘Don’t I have a reason to be angry, you disobedient hags?’


‘All human evil comes from a single cause, man’s inability to sit still in a room.’

A Musical Gathering of Cats (oil on canvas)

‘Silence is the virtue of a fool!’


‘I begin to smell a rat.’


‘They say everything in the world is good for something.’


‘Be frustrate all ye…

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