Thought for the day

"In whatever arena of life one may meet the challenge of Courage, whatever may be the sacrifices he faces if he follows his conscience – the loss of his friends, his fortune, his contentment, even the esteem of his fellow men – each man must decide for himself the course he will follow. The stories of past courage can define that ingredient – they can teach, they can offer hope, they can provide inspiration. But they cannot supply courage itself. For this each man must look into his own soul." -- Profiles in Courage



These photographs, taken in the early 20th and mid 20th centuries, depict unknown people with actors dressed as polar bears. The paintings, part of a Teddybar collection, were compiled by Jean-Marie Donat between the end of World War I and the late 1960s. When he stumbled upon a snapshot of someone dressed as a polar bear down a street in Berlin, he spent 20 years hunting down photos of other bear impersonations spanning four decades and originating from locations across Germany. Happened. Now, many of his found drawings are together in a book called TEDDYBÄR. While the photos certainly seem silly and absurd, they convey a strange feeling. The bear's poses are slightly different and he has a shaggy grin. Germany's tumultuous and tumultuous history surrounds these images; The cheerful Nazi soldiers are later replaced by smiling American soldiers, while the bear remains unchanged. The origins of the bizarre tradition are a mystery, however, with some sources claiming that the polar bear craze began in the early 1920s when two real polar bears arrived at the Berlin Zoo.