Wednesday, December 20, 2006

In Spain, they dream of a brown Christmas

I was sure this was some sort of Onion-esque hoax, but no... news reports that statues of a peasant squatting and taking a dump ("El Caganer") have become a popular Christmas decoration in Spain are true. Aside from this traditional model...


...they also come in celebrity and politician styles.

It gets worse:

During the holiday season, pastry shops around Catalonia sell sweets shaped like feces,
(a regular Snickers Bar or Tootsie Roll didn't look bad enough already?)
and on Christmas Eve Catalan children beat a hollow log, called the tio, packed with holiday gifts, singing a song that urges it to defecate presents out the other end.

Troubling, but they put up with Franco for 40 years, too.

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