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   Clodfobble  Monday Nov 12 02:00 PM

November 12, 2007: Axe-murderer featured on advent calendar

The German city of Hanover is not afraid of the skeletons in its closet. The city's tourism offices recently released a children's advent calendar celebrating the town, and among the cheerful carolers, ice-fishers and hockey players stands a man carrying a large cleaver.



He is Fritz Haarmann, the well-known serial killer who murdered 24 young men between the ages of 13 and 20, chopped up the bodies and dumped the remains in the local river Leine. He was sentenced to death and beheaded (let the punishment fit the crime!) in 1925.

The head of the Hanover tourism board, Hans-Christian Nolte defended the calendar: "He is part of our city's history. Even on guided tours the serial killer's story is told."

But far from pulling the calendar over the outcry, the tourism board says that it has become somewhat of a collector's item. The initial 20,000 copy run of the calendar is now expected to sell out soon, because orders are pouring in from Berlin, Vienna and other parts of Austria. Proceeds from the sales are going towards a local charity for children with cancer.

Nonetheless, Nolte said no axe-murderers will be appearing in next year's calendar.



lumberjim  Monday Nov 12 02:07 PM

where's the link to order one?!



corydodt  Monday Nov 12 03:24 PM

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I have to say, the user-contributed images of the day are exceeding my initial expectations. Very interesting stuff being posted.



Sheldonrs  Monday Nov 12 04:18 PM

Well, considering all the killing committed in Jesus' name, this is no surprise.

Next step, the new Dahmer Diocese.



Sundae  Monday Nov 12 04:21 PM

My 2007 calendar is actually a serial killer calendar, one for each month of the year. I love it.

Good for the Germans anyway. I love the fact he is perving behind the tree, scoping out his next victim.



Spexxvet  Monday Nov 12 04:28 PM

Quote:
Originally Posted by Sundae Girl View Post
My 2007 calendar is actually a serial killer calendar, one for each month of the year. I love it.
...
One victim, or one killer per month?


Sundae  Monday Nov 12 05:11 PM

Quote:
Originally Posted by Spexxvet View Post
One victim, or one killer per month?
I kill one person per month and note in on my calendar
Nope, one killer per month. I've just found it online actually, link here


xoxoxoBruce  Monday Nov 12 06:45 PM

I gave a dozen of them out for Christmas last year.



Sundae  Monday Nov 12 06:49 PM

There's a coincidence....!



ViennaWaits  Monday Nov 12 07:02 PM

I love the Extreme Hockey game! "Watch as our players dodge holes drilled by ice-fishermen!"

.:calling my travel agent:.



Gravdigr  Monday Nov 12 10:10 PM

There's Waldo!



HungLikeJesus  Monday Nov 12 10:45 PM

This discussion of advent calendars reminded me of the best holiday movie ever made, Bad Santa.



ZenGum  Monday Nov 12 11:29 PM

This is the land of the brothers Grimm, is it not?
From the little I have seen, German folklore and culture does shy away from the gruesome. I doubt if Eurodisney will ever really thrive in this environment.



Shawnee123  Tuesday Nov 13 11:10 AM

Quote:
Originally Posted by HungLikeJesus View Post
This discussion of advent calendars reminded me of the best holiday movie ever made, Bad Santa.
omg, when BB Thornton went off in the food court, and at the kid "no I don't want f***ing sandwich" I laughed so hard I cried.


Shawnee123  Tuesday Nov 13 11:13 AM

I found Waldo!



Cicero  Tuesday Nov 13 01:15 PM

I wish I had this photo right now. My husband and I saw a man with a hatchet running through the snow in a "christmas town" figurene collection that someone had put out in their restraunt. That was a wtf?

Where is that photo?!?



Gravdigr  Wednesday Nov 14 01:04 AM

Quote:
Originally Posted by HungLikeJesus View Post
This discussion of advent calendars reminded me of the best holiday movie ever made, Bad Santa.
Quote:
Originally Posted by Shawnee123 View Post
omg, when BB Thornton went off in the food court, and at the kid "no I don't want f***ing sandwich" I laughed so hard I cried.
My fav line from "Bad Santa"? "You ain't gonna shit right for a week." (or something like that)


HungLikeJesus  Wednesday Nov 14 01:22 AM

Quote:
Originally Posted by Gravdigr View Post
My fav line from "Bad Santa"? "You ain't gonna shit right for a week." (or something like that)
That was good. So was this:

Quote:
Willie: [the kid on his lap stares blankly at him] Well, what do you want? Great. Another fucking Mongoloid. Marcus, get this kid off me before he pisses on me, all right? What the fuck are you doing, Don't fuck with my beard.
Kid: Its not real.
Willie: No shit.
Willie: Ya see, it was real, but then Santa got sick and all the hair fell out, so I have to wear this fucking thing
Kid: How did you get sick?
Willie: I loved a woman who wasn't clean.
Kid: Mrs. Santa?
Kid: No, it was her sister
and this

Quote:
Willie: Jesus, kid. When I was your age, I didn't need no fucking gorilla. And I wasn't as big as one of your legs. Four kids beat me up one time and I went crying home to my daddy. You know what he did?
Kid: He made it all better?
Willie: No, he kicked my ass. You know why?
Kid: Because you went to the bathroom on mommy's dishes?
Willie: What the fuck? No!
Kid: He tried to teach you not to cry and be a man?
Willie: No. It's because he was a mean, drunk, son of a bitch. And when he wasn't busy busting my ass, he was putting cigarettes out on my neck. The world ain't fair. You've gotta take what you need when you can get it. You've gotta learn to stand up for yourself. You have to stop being a pussy and kick these kids in the balls or something.



ViennaWaits  Friday Nov 16 09:02 PM

HLJ - thank you for making me laugh until I almost peed.

That made my day.



Anada  Saturday Nov 17 11:03 AM

amazing in a kind of sick way...

very interesting.. and I am near Hannover now, I should go and check it out!.. it might be part of the history of the city, but I think is surreal to "inmortalize" it like that!



Cloud  Saturday Nov 17 11:07 AM

I wonder what's behind his little door?



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