Here's 15 Ridiculous Pages From the World's Worst Coloring Books, Including Superman Punching a Cat

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Even more retrograde is this strange gem, which must have been just the thing to foist upon kids who complain too much -- "You think you have it tough?" this one asks.

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Page after page, The Chimney Sweeps' Coloring Book challenged kids to capture in Crayola all the pleasures of squalor and malnourishment.

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Of course, a real chimney sweep wouldn't need a gray or black crayon to complete these drawings. A real chimney sweep could just rub a sooty finger over the page.

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Still, the book is in many ways dispiritingly crappy:

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No amount of coloring or jolly child labor could make home rhyme with warm!

Less depressing but no less confounding, here's another cheerful chap with an unlikely job: The Amazing Sprinklerman, the creation of the children's education experts at the National Fire Sprinkler Association of Patterson, New Jersey.

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For some reason, that cover depicts Sprinklerman just a breath after some sniper blasted him with an impressive headshot.

The rest of this book is less violent. Mostly, Sprinklerman shows us all the kinds of public places where fire-safety sprinklers are likely to have been installed. Naturally, he invites children to daydream that they are alone with him in a strange hotel room:

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Here, litterbug Sprinklerman tosses his movie popcorn to the floor for some other sucker to clean up.

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Finally, here we see Sprinklerman flouting his fire-safety duties by hanging out in the one place that could never possibly need him.

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WAY TO STOP THOSE UNDERWATER FIRES, SPRINKLERMAN

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