While everyone has heard of Santa Claus, not many have heard of the Krampus, a legendary mountain demon who visits cities once a year and steals away bad children on December 5.
Every Christmas in Austria, there’s a parade called the Krampuslauf Graz where natives and tourists alike can watch a horde of Krampuses march through the streets, terrifying all who gaze on them. However, these aren’t quickly thrown-together Halloween costumes—each piece is professionally made. From the glowing eyes to the blood-spattered demonic wings, the actors do an excellent job portraying St. Nicholas’s diabolical helpers.
Despite the cold, the crowd looks forward to the parade every year, with children and adults alike squirming with glee (or crying from fright) every time a Krampus singles them out. This is much cooler than the dumb tree lighting ceremonies we have here.
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Anthony Doerr, the award-winning writer behind the novel All The Light We Cannot See, sat down with Simon & Schuster to talk about where he got the inspiration for his World War II era novel. In the video he tells a story about how he noticed a man in front of him one day complaining about his cell reception. Doerr thought it was odd, as the stranger took for granted the gift of technology that allowed him to talk to someone far away. It was his epiphany about the miracle of technology that finally got the novelist to sit down and write a piece based on how awesome it is to be able to talk to someone using a small metal object, because “for most of the history of humanity, that was a strange idea.” Whether it’s a cell phone or a radio, Doerr ends the interview by saying that he hoped he accurately portrayed the magic of communicating with someone from a far distance and how technology has always captured our minds, even from the very beginning.
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