Thought for the day

"We're so self-important. So arrogant. Everybody's going to save something now. Save the trees, save the bees, save the whales, save the snails. And the supreme arrogance? Save the planet! Are these people kidding? Save the planet? We don't even know how to take care of ourselves; we haven't learned how to care for one another. We're gonna save the fuckin' planet? . . . And, by the way, there's nothing wrong with the planet in the first place. The planet is fine. The people are fucked! Compared with the people, the planet is doin' great. It's been here over four billion years . . . The planet isn't goin' anywhere, folks. We are! We're goin' away. Pack your shit, we're goin' away. And we won't leave much of a trace. Thank God for that. Nothing left. Maybe a little Styrofoam. The planet will be here, and we'll be gone. Another failed mutation; another closed-end biological mistake." -- George Carlin

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.