You know Dasher and Dancer and Prancer and Vixen, but do you know Stekkjarstaur
, Ketkrokur and Kertasnikir? They're the Jolasveinar
, the impish "Yuletide Lads
" of Iceland
, and those are only some of their many names. During the thirteen days before Christmas, legend says that they do their best to monkeywrench the celebrations
with hijinks like stealing sausages, milk, and candles, and peeping into windows and up skirts
. The children of gruesome child-eating trolls Gryla
and Leppaludi, who were known for snatching naughty children
, the elves got their start in the 17th century. In the years since, their image has apparently mellowed, and now they leave children presents in their shoes and limit themselves to mild pranks.
posted by Miko
on Dec 22, 2006 -
Another victim of 'The Amazon Treatment'.
Remember the Amazon post
from the other day? Well, if you liked that, you'll love this one. This time, it's an anal douche getting what I'm calling "The Amazon Treatment". Amazon's going to scope this out and delete the 'reviews' - therefore if you're so inclined here's your chance to wallow in the merriment. If it's gone by the time you read this, I've copied some of the posts here.
posted by humannature
on Mar 26, 2005 -
The Cacophony Society
"In a sense, we never create anything new at all. We never claim to come into a town and teach people how to be amusingly subversive. They're already doing it! We just raise the bogus flag, and see who will gather under the flagpole for further mischief."
posted by bunktone
on Oct 18, 2002 -