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This German Children's Book Is The Creepiest Thing You'll See Today

"...and then the tailor cut the little boy's thumbs off. Good night."

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In case you didn't know, Germany has a collection of really creepy bedtime stories called Struwwelpeter.

Heinrich Hoffmann / Via de.wikipedia.org

The title can be translated as "Shockheaded Peter" or "Slovenly Peter."

The book contains a series of stories where children behave carelessly or naughtily. This leads to drastic consequences, which range from falling into water to death. Yes, death!

These are some of the extremely disturbing stories:

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In "Die Geschichte von den schwarzen Buben" ("The Story of the Black Boys"), "Nikolas" catches three boys teasing a dark-skinned boy. To teach them a lesson, he dips the three boys into black ink.

In "Die Geschichte vom Daumenlutscher" ("The Story of the Thumb-Sucker"), a mother warns her son not to suck his thumbs. However, when she leaves the house he resumes his thumb sucking, until a roving tailor appears and cuts off his thumbs with giant scissors.

"Die Geschichte vom Suppen-Kaspar" ("The Story of the Soup-Kaspar") begins as Augustus, a healthy, strong boy, proclaims that he will no longer eat his soup. Over the next five days he wastes away and dies.

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"Die Geschichte von Hans Guck-in-die-Luft" ("The Story of Johnny Head-in-Air") is about a boy who habitually fails to watch where he's walking. One day he walks into a river; he is soon rescued, but his school bag drifts away.

Hoffmann wrote Struwwelpeter in response to a lack of good children's books. Intending to buy a picture book as a Christmas present for his 3-year-old son, Hoffmann instead wrote and illustrated his own book, which he published in 1845.

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