Horsehead squirrel feeder

What twisted mind thought up this way of degrading our rodential friends? Nevertheless, this device at leasts feeds them as it degrades them:

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Available from Archie McPhee for only $15.00:

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43 Comments

  1. Dermot C
    Posted March 16, 2014 at 5:23 pm | Permalink

    Horses for courses.

  2. Posted March 16, 2014 at 5:24 pm | Permalink

    I think the widget would be a lot funnier (and appealing if it were the head of something ferocious, like a crocodile!

    I’m gonna’ check ’em out to see if they have one!

    • Colin Campbell
      Posted March 17, 2014 at 1:35 am | Permalink

      We could have the croco-squirrel! Take that creationists…..

  3. Florian
    Posted March 16, 2014 at 5:26 pm | Permalink

    I’ve been an Archie McPhee fan for a long time. Where else are you going to get a parking angel .. http://mcphee.com/shop/parking-space-goddess.html

    -Florian

    • Florian
      Posted March 16, 2014 at 5:27 pm | Permalink

      They used to call this a parking angel. And that’s what i still call mine.

      -Florian

  4. merilee
    Posted March 16, 2014 at 5:29 pm | Permalink

    I wonder how the food stays in ( and also how you put it in)?

    • Barry
      Posted March 17, 2014 at 5:30 am | Permalink

      This might be a wild guess, but there could be a hole in the bottom.

      • js
        Posted March 17, 2014 at 5:46 am | Permalink

        Yeah, as if.

      • merilee
        Posted March 17, 2014 at 8:34 am | Permalink

        Ya think?? But then why wouldn’t all the feed come a-tumblin’ out?

  5. madscientist
    Posted March 16, 2014 at 5:34 pm | Permalink

    Hmm .. now I’m thinking an ornate glass helmet to feed them from so that the squirrels resemble some creature from a hack-and-slash dragon game.

  6. Posted March 16, 2014 at 5:36 pm | Permalink

    Why the long face?

    • Merileec
      Posted March 17, 2014 at 7:11 am | Permalink

      +1

  7. Diana MacPherson
    Posted March 16, 2014 at 5:37 pm | Permalink

    I wonder if people who buy these horse head squirrel feeders also buy those plastic skulls & chests of treasure for their fish tanks.

    • Merileec
      Posted March 16, 2014 at 5:48 pm | Permalink

      These are much less tacky than those treasure chests cum skulls! The horse heads, in fact, have a sort of je ne sais quoi…

    • gravelinspector-Aidan
      Posted March 16, 2014 at 9:47 pm | Permalink

      Naaaah. I use a real skull.
      (Actually, recognising the distinctive human mandible in the stuff crunching under my feet one New Years morning was one of my creepier experiences – accompanied by the internal debate of “Do I really want to explain this to the customs officer?” But if I had a fish tank, then I’d definitely use a real skull. Fox, or badger, until I got something more anthropoid.)

      • Diana MacPherson
        Posted March 17, 2014 at 3:33 pm | Permalink

        I would’ve thought the same thing about customs and the skull!

        • Merileec
          Posted March 17, 2014 at 4:24 pm | Permalink

          A friend who used to work for the Canadian Opera Company told me a delightful story. Maybe 10 years ago there was a co-production with Houston Opera of Salome( which I saw – directed by the great movie director Atom Egoyan) In Toronto there were two singers, one black one white, alternating the role of John the Baptist. Thus they needed two realistic looking fake heads to be carried around on a platter at the end. One of the singers was travelling to Houston with both heads in his luggage- one which looked just like him and the other looked like his alternate’s head. You can imagine the conversation the poor singer had with the customs guy at Toronto’s Pearson Airport…

          • Diana MacPherson
            Posted March 17, 2014 at 4:49 pm | Permalink

            Ha ha! That would be an interesting conversation. Funny, the head on a platter thing is one of the biblical translations I did in school. I didn’t know a lot of bible stories so when I translated it, I was all grossed out!

            • Merileec
              Posted March 17, 2014 at 5:30 pm | Permalink

              Yeah, pretty gross!!

              Jerry- how do I get the c off the end of my name? My last name does not begin with c, and I doubt there’s a merileea and a merileeb???
              Thx:-)

          • gravelinspector-Aidan
            Posted March 17, 2014 at 6:25 pm | Permalink

            I would have quite liked to hear that conversation starting … in the queue behind me.
            Actually, “I’m a card-carrying actor,” [presents cards] “and these,” [drop-kick across the X-ray machine] “are props for my current show. Have a flier, starts in 3 days at X.” would probably have worked reasonably well.
            Real human remains … tend to attract paperwork. Either as archaeological relics, or as macabre finds. I’ve not yet had the joys of doing the paperwork associated with someone getting killed at work, but it really doesn’t appeal to me. Last time I was on a job when someone got killed, they didn’t even tell me until two days later.)
            A medic-trainer with a “Resusci-Anne” in his luggage … now there’s the makings of a nasty joke for a “select” audience.

  8. Kevin
    Posted March 16, 2014 at 5:40 pm | Permalink

    Those are astounding. Darth Vader masks might be better.

  9. NewEnglandBob
    Posted March 16, 2014 at 5:42 pm | Permalink

    Some people have way too much time on their hands.

    • Posted March 16, 2014 at 5:43 pm | Permalink

      Thank you for making time in your busy schedule for posting that comment! 🙂

      • Diane G.
        Posted March 16, 2014 at 6:37 pm | Permalink

        LOL!

      • Hempenstein
        Posted March 16, 2014 at 9:56 pm | Permalink

        I think NEB may have meant the guy who designed this.

        Meanwhile, I (with a few spare min) was just about to post that the designer could instead have gone off and become a serial axe-murderer or something like that, so it may be an OK thing. It also helps keep the squirrels from scattering so much seed, which they then have to go down on the ground to gather up, where they’re at greater risk of being eaten by a hawk, too, so you gotta think of that. And what raptor’s gonna attack a squirrel with a plastic horse head? The squirrels get enhanced evolutionary fitness while nomming!

        • NewEnglandBob
          Posted March 17, 2014 at 2:03 am | Permalink

          Of course I did, But Jerry’s response is still funny.

  10. ploubere
    Posted March 16, 2014 at 5:54 pm | Permalink

    Haha! I’ve been an Archie McPhee fan a long time, I used to live in Seattle. We got all our Secret Santa gifts there.

  11. Notagod
    Posted March 16, 2014 at 5:59 pm | Permalink

    I would like it if the squirrels were collecting the nuts from a jesus head. Good for the christian and the squirrel.

  12. Spirula
    Posted March 16, 2014 at 6:37 pm | Permalink

    I know I am going off topic, but I’d really like to hear Jerry’s take on the new episode of Cosmos. All I’ve seen so far, they pulled no punches regarding evolution and dismissing ID.
    You can see the episodes online here

    http://www.cosmosontv.com

    I don’t know how soon the new episodes are added, but with most of these networs, it is a least a day later.

    • Spirula
      Posted March 16, 2014 at 6:38 pm | Permalink

      “networks”

  13. M Janello
    Posted March 16, 2014 at 7:26 pm | Permalink

    A search on youtube for ‘squirrel obstacle course’ will find some very amusing videos of elaborate squirrel agility tests.

    such as

    squirrel obstacle course

    As anyone who has tried to ‘squirrel proof’ a bird feeder will attest, the critters have amazing persistence and are quite the acrobats.

  14. Sastra
    Posted March 16, 2014 at 7:28 pm | Permalink

    Hey, I bought one of these for my brother for Christmas! Except, it’s a giant squirrel head.

    • ratabago
      Posted March 16, 2014 at 8:11 pm | Permalink

      Cute! How does your brother look in it?:)

    • gravelinspector-Aidan
      Posted March 16, 2014 at 9:50 pm | Permalink

      If your brother can give the squirlz a run for their nuts in the acrobatic steaks, then I take it we’ll be seeing him in the next Olympics?

      • JohnnieCanuck
        Posted March 17, 2014 at 1:55 am | Permalink

        Acrobatic steaks. I must confess I have never considered that particular possibility before.

        Leaping from the frying pan into the fire comes to mind.

        • js
          Posted March 17, 2014 at 5:51 am | Permalink

          Now I have the image of someone in a giant squirrel head leaping about trying to catch the acrobatic steaks.

        • gravelinspector-Aidan
          Posted March 17, 2014 at 5:55 am | Permalink

          I must have written that after my last comment on anthropophagy.

          • Diana MacPherson
            Posted March 17, 2014 at 3:58 pm | Permalink

            Ha ha! I never heard of the word anthropophagy but I immediately knew what it meant and now want to use versions of “phagos” for everything! BTW you know that sarcophagus means “flesh eater”?

            • gravelinspector-Aidan
              Posted March 18, 2014 at 6:14 pm | Permalink

              BTW you know that sarcophagus means “flesh eater”?

              Depressingly, yes.
              Hey, I’m a geologist – with a long-standing and occasionally active interest in archaeology. What would you expect?

  15. Kurt Lewis Helf
    Posted March 16, 2014 at 9:16 pm | Permalink

    The squirrels should’ve given Johnny Fontaine that part in the war picture if they didn’t want the horse head treatment!

  16. Posted March 16, 2014 at 10:29 pm | Permalink

    I’m pretty sure those things were invented by either cats or hawks.

  17. noncarborundum
    Posted March 16, 2014 at 10:35 pm | Permalink

    Are they degraded if they don’t *know* they’re degraded?

  18. JohnnieCanuck
    Posted March 17, 2014 at 2:12 am | Permalink

    The little Douglas’ Squirrels we have around here would be able to fit completely inside the feeder. Wouldn’t have quite the same visual impact, somehow.


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