Why do people pose dead armadillos with beer bottles, at least in Texas? Not because these odd creatures are photogenic, but because they are not too adept at dodging traffic. So, it boils down to the availability of the particular roadkill.

I hypothesize this same cause-and-effect logic explains the popularity of Squirrel Art.

Squirrel Art traces its humble beginnings back to the 1920s. Prohibition led to bootlegging, which led to faster cars, which led to a mounting squirrel body count. To placate public outrage, the whiskey runners would oftentimes hire taxidermists to bring these cute little rodents “back to life” and display them at local merchants.

Prohibition ended but Squirrel Art lives on.