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Author Topic: The Thomas Theodore Merrylin "Specimen" Collection  (Read 1510 times)
RJBowman
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« on: May 20, 2016, 12:29:08 am »

I found an article about this through an Amazon link:

https://www.google.com/search?q=Thomas+Theodore+Merrylin&source=lnms&tbm=isch&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwiGwMGNoefMAhUD_4MKHcKmDBYQ_AUICCgC&biw=1280&bih=855

The story, which seems to appear on tens of thousands of web sites, claims that the alleged biological specimens were discovered in 1960 (or in some tellings 2006) in the basement of a deceased scientist/explorer.

It is pretty obvious that the sculptures are not real biological specimens, and are not old as is claimed in the story. The accompanying drawings look like the stylized work of a fantasy illustrator rather than the dispassionate technical work of a scientist; more appropriate to a role playing game supplement than a scientific journal. Photos claimed to be part of the "find" include vampire hunting kits. No one should be fooled, yet this hoax has been spread to thousands of web sites.

Do the people mirroring the article and images really believe that it's real, or do they just enjoy being part of the hoax?
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« Reply #1 on: May 20, 2016, 12:32:48 am »

http://alexcf.com

There is the website of the artist who created all of the amazing pieces.  It is wonderful to believe they were all real isn't it?
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« Reply #2 on: May 20, 2016, 12:43:16 am »

Amazing stuff there!
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« Reply #3 on: May 20, 2016, 12:46:09 am »

Great art work, but it is just that art.
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« Reply #4 on: May 20, 2016, 01:56:27 am »

If you prefer real oddities, this is worth a visit:

http://muttermuseum.org/collections/osteological-skeletal-specimens/


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« Reply #5 on: May 20, 2016, 04:35:59 am »



http://www.museumofosteology.org is pretty good, too. They've a whale and a flying fish. Lots of other stuff, too. 
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« Reply #6 on: May 20, 2016, 08:02:57 pm »


Do the people mirroring the article and images really believe that it's real, or do they just enjoy being part of the hoax?

Perhaps it's like Mulders poster 'I Want to Believe'  ...  ah yes, he's not real either is he ...
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« Reply #7 on: May 21, 2016, 12:04:32 am »

I have to admire the imagination of the artist who made these pieces, and the execution of most of them.  One or two, I found to be a little cartoon like, which tends to undermine the better ones.
Having just completed my Demon however, I can appreciate the authenticity given to the way they are displayed, and the very clever construction techniques applied.
I, for one, would love to amass a collection like this  Smiley
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« Reply #8 on: May 21, 2016, 02:17:35 am »

If it's Alexcf I think he used to post here.
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« Reply #9 on: May 22, 2016, 07:43:12 pm »

Really?  I would love to chat with that creator.
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« Reply #10 on: May 22, 2016, 09:10:15 pm »

Yes, AlexCF used to be a member here, until he left in a huff.

He then came back for a minute to delete his account, and left again in a minute and a huff. Tongue
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« Reply #11 on: May 23, 2016, 06:35:51 pm »

In response to his huff, I give him a harumph.

Harumph!
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