October 07, 2006
HALLOWEEN COUNTDOWN: SKELETON #25
Place of Origin: Unsold store stock
Rib Count: 18
Celebrity Look-alike: David Letterman
Description: This is one of three "bendy" skeletons in the countdown, meaning that it's fully posable due to a series of inner wires. It's like a skeleton within a skeleton. Try pondering that during your next mountaintop meditation. (You'd just better hope you have a strong soul.)
Dating back half a century, this guy is a true classic. He helped show the world what a novelty skeleton can be. I'll bet this model turned up at some of the most fun places and events of the mid century including carnivals, dime stores, state fairs, magic shops, amusement parks, and possibly an occasional cotillion.
The only thing that disqualifies this one as a perfect specimen is his grossly elongated lower spine. It's two thirds the length of his rib cage. But oddly enough this deformity is practically undetectable in the photo I took. Is this illusion because of the angle, or is it yet another case of skeleton magic? If so.. how annoying.
Additional Info: I purchased this chap less than a week ago in Salem, MA. He's been stored in boxes for five decades just waiting for his moment to shine. This is his moment. However this means that I had to boot another skeleton from the countdown. Oh, why did I invite skeletal warfare into my home?
Cause of Death: Old age