Illinois student dresses roadkill in pet or human baby clothes

Published: Tuesday, May 8, 2007 11:26 AM ET
Canadian Press

EDWARDSVILLE, Ill. (AP) – For the past several weeks, drivers near Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville have been noticing odd things about some of the roadkill on the sides of the area’s highways.

Some of the dead possums and raccoons have been dressed in pet or human baby clothes and have had their claws painted with nail polish. The carcass of a deer has been adorned with gold paint.

The culprit is SIU-Edwardsville graduate art student Jessica May, 24, of West Lafayette, Ind.

In an interview with the Belleville News-Democrat, May said she is not an animal rights activist; she is just interested in seeing if people would give more thought to the animals if they were somehow given human attributes.

“I think this is my way of slowing down and paying homage to these animals,” she explained. “I don’t particularly find it offensive, but I understand why some people who don’t understand what I’m doing could find it that way.”

May, a 2006 graduate of Purdue University, said she takes precautions in dealing with the carcasses.

“I wear gloves,” she said. “I don’t know that I could touch it with my bare hands, because by the time I find them, they’re pretty far gone.”

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Illinois student dresses roadkill in pet or human baby clothes

Published: Tuesday, May 8, 2007 11:26 AM ET
Canadian Press

EDWARDSVILLE, Ill. (AP) – For the past several weeks, drivers near Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville have been noticing odd things about some of the roadkill on the sides of the area’s highways.

Some of the dead possums and raccoons have been dressed in pet or human baby clothes and have had their claws painted with nail polish. The carcass of a deer has been adorned with gold paint.

The culprit is SIU-Edwardsville graduate art student Jessica May, 24, of West Lafayette, Ind.

In an interview with the Belleville News-Democrat, May said she is not an animal rights activist; she is just interested in seeing if people would give more thought to the animals if they were somehow given human attributes.

“I think this is my way of slowing down and paying homage to these animals,” she explained. “I don’t particularly find it offensive, but I understand why some people who don’t understand what I’m doing could find it that way.”

May, a 2006 graduate of Purdue University, said she takes precautions in dealing with the carcasses.

“I wear gloves,” she said. “I don’t know that I could touch it with my bare hands, because by the time I find them, they’re pretty far gone.”

My GOD! They are everywhere!

These must be from outer-space! They are made from some mysterious space-alien metal! That must be the Martian leader on the back!

There is their leader again, with some sort of space-map, cunningly tattooed on the floating pig!

Nothing says Canada like a goofy cartoon Mountie! Methinks that the Disney ownership of the Mountie trademark rubbed off on whoever designed this one….

Awwww… Fond memories of slipping down late Christmas Eve to find Santa picking his nose by the fire…


There is another space-alien coin, this one depicting the mother-ship!

Some sort of honing beacons have been embedded in these coins….

Poppy coin has the Defense Department all a-jitter!

Apparently, the “Poppy Coin“, the 25-cent piece commemorating Canada’s veterans stirred the Defense Department in Washington up, eliciting a panicked warning about “espionage coins”. Canadians are familiar with the coin, with it’s coloured red poppy in the centre of the 2004 quarters. Apparently, a defense contractor traveling in Canada came across one in the coin tray of his rental car and did what anyone would do… freaked out.

“The worried contractors described the coins as “filled with something man-made that looked like nano-technology,” according to once-classified U.S. government reports and e-mails obtained by the AP.”

“It did not appear to be electronic (analog) in nature or have a power source,” wrote one U.S. contractor, who discovered the coin in the cup holder of a rental car. “Under high power microscope, it appeared to be complex consisting of several layers of clear, but different material, with a wire-like mesh suspended on top.””

The “several layers of clear, but different material, with a wire-like mesh suspended on top” was, in fact, a clear coating applied over the engraved pattern on the poppy designed to hold the ink. The clear coating is intended to keep the red pigment colouring the poppy from rubbing off.

I’m not sure how stupid the “intelligence” behind these “spy coins” thought that anyone supposedly being spied on were… One would imagine that anyone capable of developing a “spy coin” with “nano-technology” would also be able to do a better job at disguising said “spy coins”. However, the irony is not lost on your correspondent that the “big brains” involved with National Defense actually thought that so distinctively, so obviously and so immediately visibly different item would be used by ANY espionage group.

However, I imagine these “big brains” took a page from the CIA’s book of “spyin'”. The CIA, of course once lathered ransom money to be used to garner the release of people held by Lebanese hostage-takers with a substance designed to cause the paper to deteriorate and become worthless after the hostages were released…. Unfortunately, they took so long to get the money to the hostage-takes that the money deteriorated BEFORE the hand-over. I recall reading that the hostages were killed.

The CIA also once trained a cat to go onto the property of someone they wanted to spy on. They then surgically implanted a listening device in said pussycat and released it across the street from the residence they wanted to spy on. The cat crossed the street and was promptly run over by a truck…..

I cannot imagine what they thought of our “suspiciously” multi-coloured bills!
My concern is the US “spy coin” pictured below, with it’s mini-transmitting antennae!

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