Monday, July 13, 2015
This image has been floating around the internet for a while, and I wondered about the story behind it. I love this giant dining room set.
Let's face it - that's one HUGE set of table and chairs! Reminds me of this:
With a little poking around, I managed to find this on SNOPES.
REAL PHOTOGRAPH; INACCURATE DESCRIPTION
The farmer made this giant table and chairs after being refused permission to build a shelter for his horses! No permission was required for the giant furniture!
Origins: Photographs of these horses standing in a meadow beneath an outsized table and chairs have been circulating on the Internet since 2003, typically accompanied by the claim that the unusually large furniture was constructed by a farmer as a way of working around a local ordinance that prohibited him from building a shelter for the animals. Although the photographs are real, the claim about the giant furnishings' having originated as a way of skirting the law is a bit of fiction: the structures were built to serve the dual purpose of providing some shelter for the equines and serving as a visual advertisement for their owner's business.
When Time magazine featured a photograph of this tableau in June 2003, it was captioned thusly:
Three horses try to hide from the rain under an oversized table and chair in a pasture near Doellstaedt, eastern Germany. The huge garden furniture was installed by a local wood merchant to promote his products.
Likewise, several photographs of the same scene which were snapped by an Associated Press photographer in July 2004 bore similar captions:
Two horses stand under a gigantic table and chair during intense rainfalls in Doellstaedt near Erfurt, eastern Germany, on Wednesday, July 24, 2002. Timber merchant Jens Braun built the unusual furniture as a shelter for his horses.
Several additional pictures of the giant-sized pieces of furniture (with and without horses) and an overhead aerial view of the structures can be seen here.
Read more at http://www.snopes.com/photos/animals/horseshelter.asp#lvDS59mP7FdwpsUb.99