Only one item this week. I saw more weird stuff than this, but this one stands alone. In fact, it just might give me cause to stop running this feature. I was literally rendered speechless by this. I know, other cultures and all that, but...huh?!
What am I talking about? Well, via PZ Myers, I've now learned that in Catalonia, an old Christmas tradition involves statuettes of famous people defecating. You get one of these statues and you hide it in your neighbor's Nativity scene for them to find, because it symbolizes fertilization and prosperity for the coming year.
I can't decide what I think about this. I'm leaning toward thinking it's possibly the funniest tradition I've ever heard of. The sheer irreverence of it, and apparently they've been doing this for two hundred plus years. Wow.