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Ho, Ho, ACH!!

5:30 PM -- Reuters reports from Hanover, Deutschland, where it's beginning to look a lot like Christmas massacre:

    A German advent calendar for children has become a hot seller since word got out it has a picture of a notorious serial killer on it.

    The cartoon calendar shows Fritz Haarmann, who murdered 24 young men and boys in the 1920s, lurking under a tree with a hatchet next to the door for December 1. Below him, Santa Claus hands out presents to children in a festive-looking Hanover.

Cool! Maybe next year Hanover will take its Christmas cheer to the cinema with "Merry Christmas, Charlie Manson!"

    Haarmann's depiction featured in last year's edition, but this year it is attracting wider attention because top-selling newspaper Bild questioned whether the use of the murderer in a children's calendar was in good taste.

Hmmmmmmmmmmm... That's a toughie.

    "People are queuing up to buy the calendar now," said a surprised Hans Nolte, director of the city's tourism board...

    "It's part of our history," Nolte said.

So much great nostalgia in Germany...

— Red Panda, Light Reading

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