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Welcome to Memento Mori.


The phrase memento mori is Latin for “Remember death” or “Remember that you have to die.” Dark, right?! But also sort of romantic, in a tragic, Romeo and Juliet, star-crossed lovers, ‘til death do us part sort of way. And also in a way where if you if you took Latin in high school you feel really smart right now.


Work together to find a preserved animal (taxidermied, in glass, or otherwise passed) that best represents each of the following other Latin phrases:

Carpe diem - “Seize the day” (PS: A more literal translation suggests “pluck” the day, as you would a ripe fruit. Juicy.)

Sui generis - “In a class by oneself”

Tabula rasa - “A clean slate”

Sic transit gloria mundi - “Thus passes the glory of the world” - Traditionally stated during papal coronation ceremonies to remind the new Pope of his humanity and mortality. So, more death.

Veni, Vidi, Vici - “I came, I saw, I conquered.”


Now, select three of your dearly departed animal friends. What’s their love story? Was love between animal phyla too much for the families to bear? Did a tawdry affair spoil a storybook romance? Did a devoted interspecies poly triad live out their days in sweet and gentle domestic bliss? Everyone should take a character and write a farewell letter to the others.


Tag a photo of yourself and post to #LASnowball and tag @thesnowballparty