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Pick One, beat the other to death with a stick

OK, Your Humble Blogger is being dragged off to Fathers’ Day frivolity. In principle, I am against Fathers’ Day as a Hallmark Holiday that encourages consumerism and whatnot, but in practice, I find I’m growing fond of it.

So, as I just have a moment, I propose a Fathers’ Day poll for Gentle Readers, those who are fathers, those who have fathers, those who think they have heard of this father thing somewhere:

Struvvelpeter or Punch and Judy?

Tolerabimus quod tolerare debemus,


I'll take the Grimm Brothers' "The Strange Feast."

But failing that, I'll go with Punch and Judy, since I don't know Struwwelpeter. Plus, Commedia dell'Arte.

Scaramouche! Scaramouche! Will you do the Fandango?


I certainly have my copy of Der Struwwelpeter, and have decided that Germans have a weird sense of humor. Of course it was my mom who introduced that book to me, so I don't associate it with Fatherhood in any way (just the Fatherland). Punch & Judy never had much attraction for me, so the stories in Strwwelpeter win by default.

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