At the risk of being a wet blanket, I gotta tell y’all that there’s one decorative trend that just rubs me the wrong way:
You’ve seen what I’m talking about at Target, HomeGoods, Michaels, wherever. Plastic bones in the vague shape of critters, pets, and even insects. They’ve infested precious shelf space for the last few years, and I say NO MORE.
I’ve given it some thought and can’t figure exactly what I have against these particular items. I may have no better reason than the fact I think they’re just plain ugly.
Perhaps this unsightliness comes from the fact that they’re so anatomically incorrect. I present to you Exhibit A: Cat.
Well, this looks like a chihuahua, not a feline at all. For comparison, below is an anatomically accurate cat skeleton. Note the length of the spine and the small skull. Also, ears are not included, because ears are cartilage, not bony horns protruding off the skull.
Plus, despite the product details’ desperate plea that this makes a fun addition to your decor!, is there honestly anything more depressing than the thought of a kitten skeleton?
Exhibit B: Rat
Did the design team and creators of this product even do a 3-second Google search like I just did?? Because if they had, they’d find this:
C’mon people. You can give it some Mickey Mouse ears, but it really doesn’t read “rat” unless it has those super creepy rodent teeth. What a wasted opportunity.
Exhibit C: Flamingo
This one’s not even trying to look remotely real. It’s clearly a pink lawn flamingo that the retailer (Grandin Road) slapped black and white paint on so they could sell it off-season.
Exhibit D: Spider
Guess what? You just spent $18.79 on a lie. Spiders don’t even have endoskeletons!!!! They’re an exoskeleton species, with a hard outer shell. Which is hardly ever white in color and certainly doesn’t include a ribcage.
And with that, I rest my case.