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No love for Elagabalus, one of the worst Roman Emperors ever (from 218 to 222)? When it was clear that the Praetorian Guard wasn't going to put up with him much longer, he considered various means of suicide: hanging himself with a noose of purple and scarlet silk, stabbing himself to death with swords made of gold, or jumping from of a specially built tower made of gold and jewels. The remainder is quoted from [www.dailymail.co.uk] After slaughtering his minions and tearing out their vital organs, they then fell upon Elagabalus as he hid cowering in a latrine.
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I LOVE Struwwelpeter, my Austrian grandmother raised her kids on this stuff, and my mother continued the tradition. I loved the gory images and the punishments for disobedience/disrespect. I wasn't a terribly well-behaved child, and I'm not a particularly strict adult, but I loved the simple, logical flow of it - bad behaviour = punishment. Now I just think they're hilarious.
I seem to remember seeing somewhere that The Sneetches, who wore stars on their bellies, was actually originally conceived due to the Star of David that Jews were required to wear in Germany during Hitler's reign. Granted, the story of the Sneetches was more about "be happy with who you are, not with what someone else has" than ostracism via having to wear the Star of David. Seeing this makes me want to make a trip up to UCSD's library and see this collection in person, if I can (not a student, not a historian, just someone who's fascinated by the history of pop culture, so I doubt I could get a good look at it). 5/31/12 1:01am <p style="text-align:right;color:#A8A8A8"></p>
A real classic with lots of parodies following. Like "Struwwelhitler" from 1941 ("Struwwelpeter" must have been well-known in England, too, otherwise a parody wouldn't make much sense). There is a free version online, just google it. After 1968 the attitude towards the book changed. There was even an anti-authoritarian version (google "Anti-Struwwelpeter" and you'll find a picture of naked children dancing around a grumpy policeman and threatening to pull his trousers down.
Edit Edited by Brigitta M., Ben Rubenstein, Hi 101, Axiom and 40 others If you're interested in the ways of primitive peoples, then perhaps learning how to make weapons out of sticks will be just the ticket. Follow these steps to learn how.