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Union Hall's Nutso Taxidermy Contest Ruins Our Appetite for Beer Cheese

Last week Union Hall hosted the third annual Carnivorous Nights taxidermy contest, and as a Daily Intel post testifies, it was a hot ticket. Who were we rooting for amid the two-headed cats and squirrels in Pope hats? Well, Nate Hill, of course — he’s the soft-spoken man known to Grub Street readers for his tours of Chinatown trash piles. Hill used the bounty from those forages to build the head of his A.D.A.M. (A Dead Animal Man), and once you’ve taken a gander at it, you probably won’t blame us for not being very hungry after the contest. Hipsters Marvel at the Kind of Stuffed Animals You Don't Want for Christmas [Daily Intel] Related: Rogue Taxidermist Shows You How to Fish for Animal Parts

Comedian Eugene Mirman Starts His Days With Soup

You’ve probably seen self-described absurdist nightclub comedian Eugene Mirman in Flight of the Conchords, opening for bands like Modest Mouse, or in hilarious online shorts like the one in which he plays a mustached Russian émigré having his first, ill-fated encounter with vegetable wonton soup. In actuality, Mirman has for several years lived and dined in Park Slope — where he’s at work on a book of fake advice, The Will to Whatevs, and a documentary about returning to his birthplace, Russia — and he’s such a fan of soups that he fixes them for breakfast. As he gears up to record a Comedy Central special that will air in the winter, we asked him what else he’s been noshing on.

Comedian Michael Showalter Loves Pickles, Milk, and Cookies

Before the cult success of his television shows with Michael Ian Black — MTV’s The State and Comedy Central’s Stella — comedian Michael Showalter shoplifted bologna from Key Foods (or so his bio says). These days, the Fort Greene resident and writer-director-star of The Baxter, who performs at Southpaw tomorrow night, is never short on olives, pickles, and Tate’s cookies (“the best you can buy at a deli”). Given that his Ten Commandments of Sandwich Making decree that “everything is in play,” we thought the card-carrying “burger boy” might have noshed on some interesting things this week.

Rocco's Reality; Sacco's Igloo; Three Ways Into the Waverly

Rocco returns to reality TV. [Snack] Now in Carroll Gardens, "the largest selection of Italian after-dinner drinks in the country." [Gridskipper] Graydon Carter not looking to be the godfather of Bank Street. [NYP] Three ways to score a table at Ye Waverly. [NYO] Sacco has an igloo. [NYO] More zingers from the Batali roast. [NYDN] Rogue taxidermists teach "jackalope"-making at Union Hall. [Gawker] Did Food Network lift celeb-kitchens idea? [Gawker]