Puttin’ Lipstick on a Horse

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It wasn’t that long ago that a candidate for political office commented on someone trying to make something that was ugly appear good by saying that you could put lipstick on a pig but it would still be a pig.

Well, this isn’t a pig in today’s photo, but a horse – and a wooden one at that. This horse was waiting patiently for someone to walk by and take its picture. I was happy to oblige and shot it with my Samsung Galaxy Note 8 (which takes great photos, by the way!)

What initially caught my attention was the way its made was made to look like braided handles of some sort. It wasn’t actually until I processed the photo that I noticed the lipstick on the horse’s mouth. At least if I got home that evening with lipstick on my shirt, I could say it was straight from the horse’s mouth!

ON THIS DAY IN HISTORY: in 1952, a series of deadly avalanches began across central Europe.

A storm stalled over the middle of Europe the first week of February 1952, dumping a couple of feet of snow in parts of France, Austria, Switzerland and Germany. In many places, activity came to a standstill. Thousands of people and their shovels were recruited in German towns to make the streets passable. In France, several people died when their roofs collapsed under the weight of the accumulated snow.

The worst of the 10-day snowstorm was felt in Austria, where avalanches took a deadly toll. At a ski resort in Melkoede, 50 people were sleeping in the early morning hours of February 11 when a huge mass of snow suddenly crashed down the mountain above them. Twenty people, almost all German tourists, were killed at the resort and another 10 were seriously injured. In Switzerland and Austria, authorities issued warnings about potential avalanches and some villages were evacuated.

Unfortunately, the following day brought more damaging avalanches. In Isenthal, Switzerland, hundreds of cattle and several barns were buried by snow. In Leutasche, Austria, a 12-year-old child was rescued by people who risked their lives digging while another avalanche was poised to fall. Seven of the child’s family members were killed.

Overall, it is estimated that 78 people died across Europe from the snowstorm and resulting avalanches.

TRIVIA FOR TODAY: immense power is concentrated in a wolf’s jaw. It has a crushing pressure of nearly 1,500 pound per square inch (compared with around 750 for a large dog). The jaws themselves are massive, bearing 42 teeth specialized for stabbing, shearing, and crunching bones. Their jaws also open farther than those of a dog. (Oh, and just to help you sleep well tonight, remember that your poodle that sleeps on your bed is descended from the great wolf! But don’t let that keep you awake!)

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