Santa. Flying reindeer. A jolly, fat man coming down the chimney. One person flying around the globe in a sleigh that holds enough presents for every person on earth (or at least a large percentage of them). It sorta strains credulity, doesn’t it?
I don’t know if you find some of those things hard to believe or not. But if you do, perhaps the subject matter of my photo for today will encourage you to “believe”!
ON THIS DAY IN HISTORY: in 1967. record snow continued to fall in New Mexico in a blizzard that eventually killed 51 people. In December of that year, snow fell almost constantly in the northern part of the state for two weeks, piling up to five feet in some areas.
Particularly hard hit by the storm was the Navajo reservation that covers much of the northern part of the state. Much of its population lived in hogans, basic homes made of logs and mud, where they became trapped by the unrelenting snowfall. Additionally, the area was remote and its few roads soon became impassable. In one case, 200 Navajo farm workers were trapped in several trucks near the town of Grant.
Finally, Governor David Cargo ordered the National Guard to airlift supplies to the area. Medicine was also dropped on a nearby Hopi reservation whose residents were also trapped by the snow. On December 18, the United States Air Force began conducting helicopter rescues when it appeared there would be no break in the snowfall. Heavy snowfall spread to other states on December 20. Twenty people died in west Texas from snow-related mishaps. Southern Colorado also experienced extraordinary snowfall all the way through Christmas.
TRIVIA FOR TODAY: A woman has a wider-ranging peripheral vision, which allows her to check out a man’s body from head to toe without getting caught. A male’s peripheral vision is poorer, which is why a man will move his gaze up and down a woman’s body in a very obvious way. Men do not “oogle” more than women—their tunnel vision means they just get caught more easily. (I don’t make this stuff up, folks, I just pull it from internet sources that I consider reliable!)