Austrian Foreign Minister Ursula Plassnik and Vice Chancellor Wilhelm Molterer during the presentation of the government program during a parliament session in Vienna, on Tuesday, Jan. 16, 2007. (AP Photo/Ronald Zak)What's with the beaker, kids? Oh, I'm sure there's some totally boring, logical explanation for it all. What's even more difficult to interpret from the above photo is just what's going on with the fun-sized Foreign Minister's wardrobe? There appear to be knit elements, ropes, rectangular areas of crepe... possibly a piece of origami on her shoulder... it's all just so puzzling! And that's what makes Ursula so exciting, so beguiling, just so... so Ursula!
But it is hard to fathom the metaphors of La Plassnik's raiments, isn't it? That's why it's such a special treat when an enterprising AP Photographer has the gumption to do a little hot-dogging, going that extra distance to provide us with a fresh angle on what we seek to understand -- in this case, an ultra-rare, superspecial aerial view of the towering diplotaunte's scarf-deployment strategy:
German Federal Chancellor Angela Merkel, left, shakes hand with Austrian Foreign Minister Ursula Plassnik and greets with Luxembourgs Prime Minister Jean-Claude Juncker, top left, Slovenian Prime Minister Janez Jansa, center, Greeks Foreign Minister Dora Bakoyannis, bottom center, and Slovenian Foreign Minister Dimitrij Rupel, second right, at a ceremony marking introduction of Euro in Ljubljana, Slovenia, Monday, Jan. 15, 2007. The country of 2 million becoming the 13th nation to use the common European currency. (AP Photo/Denis Sarkic)