The Freak 8-Legged Lamb
One person can only tolerate a certain amount of Southwestern ski lodge tchotchkes. This I learned while shopping with the family in Taos' downtown square over the Thanksgiving weekend.
But if you can make it past the endless array of turquoise-this, Kokopelli-that, and enough New Age silk scarves to suffocate a Kenny G crowd twice over, you might stumble on the Governor Bent House and Museum.
Part antique gift shop, part curiostore, the Bent House showcases an intriguing array of New Mexican miscellany. My find of the day, across from the 100-year devil shark baby, was the "Freak 8-Legged Lamb."
If, like me, you are a fan of the Museum of Jurassic Technology in Los Angeles, you might agree that our mainstream museums suffer from a general lack in items of questionable authenticity and hybrid surgical experimentation. Which is exactly why the Freak 8-Legged Lamb put a holiday shine on an otherwise gray, snowy Thanksgiving weekend.
The text in the picture reads:
"This lamb was born on a ranch 7 miles west of Mountainair, N.M. in 1929. It is abnormal in that it should have been twins. Notice the two legs on the back and the 3rd ear on the top of its head. It is exceptionally unusual since most freaks have double heads. It lived 5 days."
If that isn't enough to sate your fucked-up taxidermy fix, you might see a stuffed ash tray-holding alligator while antiquing in Nob Hill.