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Among planet Earth's most bizarre local customs is the Christmas tradition in Spain's Catalonia region, of decorating Nativity scenes with figurines of famous people squatting and answering nature's calls. NOTW has noted that presidents (Bush, Obama) have been "honored" with posterior-baring statuettes, as has as Queen Elizabeth. Right on cue this past Christmas, Spanish artists unveiled "caganers" in the images of Pope Francis and Nelson Mandela. Perhaps the least-illogical explanation for the tradition is that if the manger is fertilized, the coming year's crops will flourish.

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