Wednesday, October 31, 2012

German tales of horror

What is more horrible than than horror itself?  German children's books.  Perhaps you know which ones I mean; "Struwwelpeter" and "Max und Moritz".  Struwwelpeter features mini stories about naughty children that face rather unfortunate (and terrifying) consequences for their disobedience.
 The picture above, features a boy that loves sucking his thumb, and consequently, gets his thumbs chopped off by a giant scissor-wielding maniac.  This is the the book that my mother used to frighten me into submission.  It still works to this day.
The above picture depicts a young girl who was told not to play with matches (repeatedly, by her talking cats).  Did she listen?  Clearly not.

You can read and see (and download) the full version on Project Gutenberg for free.  And no, you don't have to be able to read German to get the gist of the stories.

Max und Moritz is another "fun" German book which aspires to inspire terror in the hearts of little German children.  The stories themselves aren't terrifying; they starlight two naughty boys that are constantly plotting wicked shennanigans that befall innocent old people.  It is the tragic freak accident ending that endows a sense of discomfort in its reader.  I must have skipped the ending as a child, because I was constantly pulling pranks at the demise of "old" people.  My partner in crime and I bestowed upon ourselves the nicknames Maxina und Moritza (female versions of the naughty boys), and we were every bit as wicked as those boys.  In the end, the threat of having your thumbs cut off, or being burnt alive is far worst than...well, I won't ruin the ending for you ;)

Sunday, October 28, 2012


I present to you my personal mix, the Succubus, a seductive and beautifully colored drink.

1 shot of Hibiscus lime liqueur (home made or store bought)
1 shot of plain vodka (Smirnoff will do)
1/2 shot freshly squeezed lemon juice
mix all ingredients well and pour over ice.  Top with club soda.

P.S. for a virgin succubus (oxymoron!), I assume you could replace the hibiscus liqueur with a very strong sweetened Hibiscus tea.  I prefer to purchase whole dried flowers to make a stronger chilled tea (more like a juice, really) which I imagine you can purchase at any Mexican supermarket.

Thursday, October 18, 2012


I love him more and more each day...