Children's game from Spain has morbidly funny illustrations

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  1. Anonymous says:

    It’s meant to teach first-aid and emergency strategies…

  2. BWChicago says:

    No two people are not on fire

  3. Kieran O'Neill says:

    Yeah, it’s Lotto – match the correct response with the emergency.

    They’re just brazen enough to show the emergencies (and responses) in all their gory detail.

    Then again, a friend of mine from Valencia was explaining how her grandmother would run out into the street whenever there was an accident, just to catch sight of a little gore. Back in her day, Franco’s public executions were high entertainment. I guess Spanish culture just has a more recent memory and higher comfort level with gore. (Bull fights being another case in point.)

  4. Rio says:

    #2 “Franco public executions”??? Do you have any evidence of this or it is just faulty fill in the blanks from your imagination of what life under a dictator should look like?

    In fact there were no public executions under the Franco regime. Executions had stopped being public in Spain in 1897 and the only public executions during the war, in Portugalete in 1937 and of common criminals, were a rare wartime exception by order of an overzealous judge. They proved repugnant even to the fascist government and were never repeated.

    In fact the fascist during the war displayed just the opposite attitude. They were under great care of making their atrocities furtive affairs. People would vanish during the night. Individuals would be asked to “go for a little walk” with thugs never to be seen again. Captives would be taken to remote locations to be executed and their bodies would be thrown into mine shafts or into hastily dug hidden collective graves. No information of the fates of the victims was provided to families. This furtiveness of course only incremented the terror inflicted upon the population and the pattern was repeated decades after by repressive regimes in South America.

    After the war “legal” executions were extremely private and secretive with no public allowed at all and little documentation being kept.

  5. soupisgoodfood says:

    Morbid depending on your own culture, perhaps.

  6. gumbowing says:

    It’s like Gashlycrumb Tinies, the board game.
    En espanol!

  7. Anonymous says:

    I have (somewhere) a version of snakes and ladders that would fall into this category. It has milestones and bad deeds on it where the snakes and ladders are. Like there’s a snake for a kid that burns his house down and a big ladder for a girl who graduates school. I haven’t seen any snakes and ladders game like it. My son’s game someone bought him simply has the snakes and ladders with no reasons on it. These illustrations look an awful lot like the same style/artist.

  8. Anonymous says:

    Just wanted to note to Kieran the fact that bullfights aren’t at all common here in Spain, and that a good chunk of the populace thinks of them as a backwards and barbaric custom. Saying they’re a mainstay of spanish culture is just like saying all americans wear cowboy hats and use lassos to grab produce at grocery stores when they go shopping…

  9. nosehat says:

    @#2: They’re just brazen enough to show the emergencies (and responses) in all their gory detail.

    No, they are just brazen enough to show bowdlerized cartoon versions of these emergencies. Still, it’s better than nothing.

    @#7: Thanks so, so much for the Struwwelpeter link! I saw a Wiemar era reprint of this delightfully evil childrens’ book ages ago, and I’ve been trying to find it again. Thanks very, very much!

  10. RainyRat says:

    #7 – Me too; it’s the girl self-immolating, isn’t it? Call “The Dreadful Tale of Harriet and the Matches” to mind.

    #7, #9 – Have a look at “Struwwelhitler” as well – http://www.amazon.co.uk/Struwwelhitler-Philip-Spence/dp/3866710143/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1241609960&sr=8-1.

  11. Anonymous says:

    Sure, I had one of this when I was a child! And yes, the game was directed to make correspondnce between an accident and your response (alternative responses were offreed but only one was the rigth one). The one for the burning dress (I can see it on my mind on that moment) was to cover with a carpet o similar and roll on the floor. And the vomit was an answer for the intake of a raticide by mistake

    In those years domestic security and accidents concerns were beggining, and that was a training method for childrens

    (no, really, public executions were forbidden by franco. That must be a false memory or a “joke” from your valentian ancestor)

  12. bubblechamber says:

    Reminds me of Struwwelpeter.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Struwwelpeter

  13. speedeep says:

    Struwwelpeter is available in an English translation on Amazon.

    http://www.amazon.com/Struwwelpeter-English-Translation-Heinrich-Hoffmann/dp/0486284697

    I’m sure you can find re-prints of the original as well if you are a purist.

    These stories tormented my childhood. Now I’ll share them with my children… Maybe once they turn 18 and can handle the subject matter.

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