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2nd Apr '17 9:49:27 AM Bissek
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* Frequently mentioned, and {{Lampshad|eHanging}}ed as a occupational necessity, in the Literature/{{Discworld}} series. Every proper wizard has a stuffed alligator hanging from the ceiling of his laboratory, even if there aren't any alligators naturally in the area. No one, ''especially'' the wizards, is sure why.

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* Frequently mentioned, and {{Lampshad|eHanging}}ed as a occupational necessity, in the Literature/{{Discworld}} series. Every proper wizard has a stuffed alligator hanging from the ceiling of his laboratory, even if there aren't any alligators naturally in the area. No one, ''especially'' the wizards, is sure why.why[[note]]Though never brought up in books in which the term is used, a witch would probably consider this to be a form of Boffo used to establish one's credentials[[/note]].
4th Mar '17 8:43:35 PM Sharlee
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* In the VideoGame/MysteryCaseFiles game ''Ravenhearst Unlocked'', the apothecary shop has what appears to be a stuffed ''dimetrodon'' hanging from the ceiling.
16th Feb '17 1:40:43 PM ElSquibbonator
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* In ''Series/{{Lidsville}}'', one of Hoodoo the Magician's "knick-knacks" is the Mounted Alligator Head.
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]].
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