A Strange Tripper in Southern Germany sends along this image of a traditional February ritual, in which young boys are taken outside and tied to a chair while all the mothers of the town come by with clippers, scissors and other sharp instruments to hack at their hair until a sufficiently Teutonic appearance is achieved. I think the idea is to cut down on bullying and other such behaviour. When the boy knows that a prospective victim's mother is likely someday to be wielding sharp instruments near his head, there is some strong incentive towards civility.
The scary part is, this lad looks just like his dad did, back when he had both ears.....
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