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18th Jan '17 11:59:45 AM Leporidae
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[[caption-width-right:249:Romeo supporting his local apothecary - note the alligator in the upper left.]]
18th Dec '16 10:23:31 AM Aquila89
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** In the same book, a magic shop also briefly displays a stuffed crocodile "with a lifelike expression of extreme pain and surprise."
6th Dec '16 10:54:14 AM GeraldFnord
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* In ''Film/FistOfLegend'' a kung fu master uses dried crocodile to treat his asthma, knowledge of which is used to poison him.


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* In Chinese herbal medicine, dried crocodile has been used to treat breathing disorders; any crocodilian merit aside, this might have done some good because the dried crocodiles were typically preserved with a strong addition of camphor, which is known to help relieve mild asthma.
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27th Oct '16 9:11:38 AM Leporidae
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The visual image may be inspired by early museums, "cabinet of curiosities" -- see [[http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/f/f3/RitrattoMuseoFerranteImperato.jpg this picture]] from 1599.

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Somewhat TruthInTelevision, as historically animal skeletons, fossils, and taxidermy pieces were exhibited by medieval apothecaries and astrologers as a show of wealth and worldliness. The visual image may curiosities brought in both gawkers and customers, and served as a form of advertisement; after all, anyone making enough money to purchase exotic specimens for display must be inspired by doing good business. This trend would eventually evolve into early museums, "cabinet museums in the form of personal "cabinets of curiosities" -- see [[http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/f/f3/RitrattoMuseoFerranteImperato.jpg this picture]] from 1599.
20th Aug '16 5:07:51 PM Vox
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* Mentioned in Book 1 of ''Literature/TheBartimaeusTrilogy'' (2003) in the description of the magician Arthur Underwood's study. The djinni Bartimaeus notes that this, along with other stereotypical "wizardly" paraphernalia, is a good indication that Underwood is a second rate poser, trying to hide his incompetence behind spooky-looking knickknacks that impress the {{Muggles}} but don't have any practical use, whereas the truly powerful magicians favor a sleek, modern look.

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* Mentioned in Book 1 of ''Literature/TheBartimaeusTrilogy'' (2003) in the description of the magician Arthur Underwood's study. The djinni Bartimaeus notes that this, along with other stereotypical "wizardly" paraphernalia, is a good indication that Underwood is a second rate poser, trying to hide his incompetence behind spooky-looking knickknacks that impress the {{Muggles}} but don't have any practical use, whereas the truly powerful magicians favor a sleek, modern look.look (and as later events demonstrate, calling Underwood a "second rate poser" might be considered overly generous).
20th Aug '16 5:00:49 PM Vox
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* Mentioned in Book 1 of ''Literature/TheBartimaeusTrilogy'' (2003) in the description of the magician Arthur Underwood's study. The djinni Bartimaeus notes that this is a good indication that Underwood is a second rate poser, trying to hide his incompetence behind spooky-looking knickknacks that impress the {{Muggles}} but don't have any practical use, whereas the truly powerful magicians favor a sleek, modern look.

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* Mentioned in Book 1 of ''Literature/TheBartimaeusTrilogy'' (2003) in the description of the magician Arthur Underwood's study. The djinni Bartimaeus notes that this this, along with other stereotypical "wizardly" paraphernalia, is a good indication that Underwood is a second rate poser, trying to hide his incompetence behind spooky-looking knickknacks that impress the {{Muggles}} but don't have any practical use, whereas the truly powerful magicians favor a sleek, modern look.
12th Jun '16 8:53:27 AM StFan
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* In ''Webcomic/RoguesOfClwydRhan'', Krakatoa the witch also has a stuffed crocodile [[http://rocr.net/index.php?p=20070426 hanging from the ceiling of her house]].
5th Jun '16 11:05:44 AM StFan
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--->Like all wizards' workshops, the place looked as though a taxidermist had dropped his stock in a foundry and then had a fight with a maddened glassblower, braining a passing crocodile in the process (it hung from the rafters and smelt strongly of camphor).

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* The dog wizard Tibbeth's shop in ''Literature/StrangerAtTheWedding'' (1994) by Creator/BarbaraHambly:
-->A mummified crocodile hung from the low rafters overhead.
** The trope is played with, in that it is a common wizard's prop in-universe, and its use is eventually explained - it's hanging until it is entirely mummified, at which point it will be cut to pieces for use in potions and replaced by a fresh one.

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* The dog wizard Tibbeth's shop in ''Literature/StrangerAtTheWedding'' (1994) by Creator/BarbaraHambly:
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* ''{{Series/Outlander}}'' in the episode "Not in Scotland Anymore", Clare enters Master Raymond's apothecary, where a stuffed alligator is clearly shown suspended from the ceiling.

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* ''{{Series/Outlander}}'' ''Series/{{Outlander}}'' in the episode "Not in Scotland Anymore", Clare enters Master Raymond's apothecary, where a stuffed alligator is clearly shown suspended from the ceiling.

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31st May '16 12:34:27 AM PaulA
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* ''Romeo and Juliet'' (1590s) by William Shakespeare:
-->And in his needy shop, a tortoise hung, An alligator stuff'd, and other skins Of ill-shap'd fishes...
30th May '16 11:55:38 PM Ebly
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* ''Romeo and Juliet'' (1590s) by William Shakespeare:
-->And in his needy shop, a tortoise hung, An alligator stuff'd, and other skins Of ill-shap'd fishes...
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