Munch-a-bunch-a-munch-a-bunch-a Kiddies go with lunch!
Take 2 and call me in the morning?
Plop plop, fizz fizz, oh what a relief it is?
Just a pinch between the cheek and gum?
A moment on the lips, a lifetime on the hips?
Kids-A-Roni, the San Francisco treat!
Melts in your mouth, not in your hand?
If you can't beat them, eat them?
Ok....I'm done. I think that's enough bad taste for this early in the morning. But, if you look at the picture, it's a statue of a guy, eating babies! How can my taste be any worse?
Mr. Baby Muncher is the subject of todays oddity. (there's a shock, right?)
He's not really called Mr. Baby Muncher. His original name, when he was built in 1545, was 'Platzbrunnen'. (Place Fountain). But that was an awfully generic name for such an awesome fountain. So in 1666 he was renamed 'Kindlifresserbrunnen'. (Fountain of the Eater of Little Children).
You can find the fountain, still standing, in the old section of Bern, Switzerland. It's stood there for nearly 600 years, acting as a warning. A warning for what, you might ask.
Well, we don't know. But there are theories.
First is the theory that it's a Blood Libel. That is, it's warning people that the Jews will eat all your babies. The hat that the man, (some say ogre), is wearing is the conical hat many jews were forced to wear back then. And it's there to warn people that jews will do whatever they have to to do....something.
Second is the theory that it's a warning to local children to stay away from a bear pit that was nearby when the fountain was erected. (doubt it)
Third is the theory that it's the Greek god Cronus eating his children, or the Roman god Saturn eating the months. The only problem with those theories is; Cronus had 6 children, and Saturn had 12 months. There are 8 babies on the fountain.
Fourth is the theory that it's Krampus. Krampus was the nordic counter point to St. Nicholas. At Christmass, if you were good, St. Nick gave you presents. If you were bad, Krampus ate you.
Fifth is the theory that it represents Cardinal Schiner. The Cardinal was the man who led the armies of Bern into northern Italy several times, accomplishing nothing but getting most of his men killed.
Finally, there is the theory that it's just a carnival freak, put up to scare naughty kids into obeying their parents.
Who knows what the true meaning behind it is. (although, given the time it was built, and the design of it, my moneys on option 1). It's a fairly creepy fountain, but not one that's way out there in fountain land. The oddest fountain has to be the little boy pissing in Brussels.
But it's a guy. Eating babies. And that qualifies as odd. And that's the criteria I chose for my subjects. So now you know about it. And you'll never be able to get it out of your dreams.